Host an Apologetics Workshop at your Church or Bible Study
2020 was a busy year for Dr. Almodovar. Not only did she begin the #ApologeticsTogether Zoom courses but she began working on four (4) manuscripts for her publisher Wipf & Stock and taught the ladies of the Lutheran Women's Mission League (LWML) in the Utah/Idaho district about how to defend and proclaim the faith, or apologetics.
Three of the four manuscripts have already been published and take the Christian on a journey from the reasons to engage in apologetics through how to maintain a biblical pattern when doing so.
Just to be clear, Christian apologetics is simply offering a reasonable defense of the Christian faith. The word apologetics comes from the Greek noun "apologia" which means a defense."
The Apostle Paul applies the term to his ministry of defending the Gospel (Phil. 1:7 & 16) and the Apostle Peter urges us to be ready all the time to offer a reason for the hope that is in us--with gentleness (1 Peter 3:15-16).
One great way to equip yourself to defend and proclaim the faith is to take part in a Defending the Faith Like the Ancient Church Workshop tailored to the needs of your congregation, LWML or Bible Study and even amongst your youth and catechumens.
If your group would like to host such a workshop, then follow the simple steps below.
1. Pick a Date
Simply email me the date(s) you would like me to come and teach Apologetics and I will respond within 24 hours.
Popular formats include:
One-Day (Typically Saturday)
Two-Day (Friday night - Saturday)
Weekday Evening (Monday through Friday, usually at your Bible Study or Youth Group Meeting.
2. Select your Topic(s)
Reasons to Reason: This is a basic introduction to Apologetics. It offers the benefits for the Christian to engage in the discipline and then proceeds to some typical questions and how to respond to them. This is the course to choose if you want to get your group interested in apologetics.
Popular Topics are:
What is Christian apologetics?
What is a Christian worldview?
Is the Bible true?
Subjective vs. Objective truth
Creedal Apologetics: Using the ancient statement of faith, known as the Apostles' Creed, Nancy takes you through each line of the Creed showing how it comes from the Scriptures. She then guides the participant in how to use each line of the Creed explaining the following:
God as Creator, Sustainer and Savior of the world
Jesus as Redeemer, Conqueror over sin, death and the devil
The Holy Spirit as who convicts and convinces of sin and gathers the Church
Popular Topics Include:
How do we know the Bible is True?
Who is Jesus?
What about the afterlife?
How to present the Gospel
They Were Eyewitnesses: Using the sermons in the New Testament (Acts & 1 Cor) Dr. Almodovar shows the pattern the Apostles and the Early Church used to both proclaim and defend the faith.
Apologetics 101: This course is for a Two-Day Workshop and features such topics as:
Evidence of the Christian Faith
Documents of the Christian Faith
What about other religions such as Islam, Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and Jehovah's Witnesses?
What do these other religions believe?
Science: The Origins of the Universe and Creation
Nothing Else Matters: This course is for a Two-Day Workshop which focuses on
the evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A uniquely focuses workshop deals with historical denials, modern day skepticism and offers the Christian the documentary evidence for this History Changing Event for the world.
3. Promote the Workshop
Once the dates and topics are set, promote the workshop in your bulletins, on your events board, website, Social Media accounts, through Sunday school or catechism classes and small groups. Invite other churches in your area to attend.
What does it cost?
Traveling expenses (whether for flights or driving, along with hotel and meals) to and from the event should be covered by the group inviting Dr. Almodovar to speak, along with her husband.
$30.00 per person to cover the cost of the book from the type of workshop (e.g. Creedal or Reasons or They Were Eyewitness) and a workbook specific to the workshop will also supplied for your event.
Participants may also purchase other books at the event.