Training

Our primary focus at TilledSoil.org is to advance the state of Christian education in churches – especially in relation to Christian apologetics. We propose doing this by training and supporting interested individuals and church leaders, who can then foster growth of their own.
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What might training (equipping) look like?

  • A day-long seminar, possibly two days.
  • Hosting a Q&A event (sometimes on a topic, but it could be in general; it might be interesting to invite the community or skeptical friends.).
  • Training for pastors/elders/teachers.
  • Bringing interested church-groups to larger conferences (ex: see Apologetics Canada).
  • Running a series of sessions on a topic (for a study series, sermons, home group, etc.).
  • Helping some apologetics-minded individuals at a church get an apologetics group started.
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How might such a typical training course or seminar be offered?

  • 3 hour introduction to Christian apologetics + briefly touching on a couple of topics – one core, one current-cultural (to demonstrate apologetics in action)
  • 3 hour topical (on various core and cultural apologetics issues; 1 or 2 topics)
  • 3 hour brief intro to apologetics + 1 topic in more depth
  • 7 hour (day) full overview (see topics below)
  • 9 hour (night/next day) full overview with extra time for Q&A, role-playing, etc. (see topics below)
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What would a list of topics which might be covered look like?

Foundation:
  • What is Apologetics?
  • Why study apologetics?
  • What has Apologetics looked like throughout history?
  • Epistemology (how we know what we know)
  • Why believe something?
  • Worldviews
  • Anti-intellectualism or intellectually challenged?
  • Definitions (ex: ‘faith’ vs trust/confidence) – faith, tolerance, truth, evolution, etc.
  • Relativism
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General/Traditional:
  • God
  • The ‘problem’ of Evil
  • Revelation / The Bible
  • Jesus
  • Christ’s Resurrection
  • Heaven / Hell
  • Morality
  • Miracles
  • Science – what is it?
  • Scientism
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Hot Topics / current cultural:
  • Islam / Crusades / Imperialism (more broadly, war/pacifism)
  • Other Religions (or sects such as Mormonism)
  • Origins of the universe & life
  • Evolution
  • Status of Women (in society, historically, as well as in the church)
  • Sexuality
  • Bio-Ethics (abortion, stem-cells, etc.)
  • Slavery
  • Environmentalism
  • The ‘New’ Atheists
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Please contact us  and we can likely help to customize something which fits your needs.

(Note: We are sensitive to the fact that pastors or leaders might object to certain topics being covered within particular groups, or might want to know what viewpoints we present on a topic and how we present them. We are happy to discuss this prior to any engagement to reach an agreement, or to decline participating if we feel we cannot.)