The new Zacharias Institute is launching some exciting events this year! Below is information on a program for training emerging evangelists, a conference designed for students, families, small groups, churches, and any one interested in the rising challenge of atheism to the Christian worldview, and our first conference for students heading into college and wanting to solidify their faith. Click below for more information.
April 25-29 // Emerging Apologists Program
How can I respond to objections to faith? How can I share the gospel authentically and effectively? Am I called as an evangelist?
Jesus once spoke these words to his disciples: “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Today, in a society where confusion about God and challenges to the Christian faith abound, those workers are needed more than ever.
RZIM is a ministry committed to reaching this generation through the combined impact of apologetics and evangelism: engaging both the head and the heart. As such, our goal is two-fold: to take people’s questions seriously, and to invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you are someone who longs to share your faith, but you struggle to initiate meaningful conversation. Or maybe you love to talk about God, but you don’t know how to respond to your friends’ most challenging questions. Or it could be that you sense a calling to be an evangelist, but you want to explore more deeply what that might look like.
If any of those descriptions fit you, then we’d encourage you to apply to RZIM’s Emerging Apologists program, held at the Zacharias Institute April 25-29, 2017.
This program is specifically intended to identify and train a smaller, select group of emerging evangelists. If the idea of this kind of intentional mentorship excites you, then don’t miss out on the opportunity to be taught by Vince Vitale and other members of the RZIM US speaking team. To attend this conference you must submit an application. If you are accepted, the registration fee is $410.
Follow these steps to apply:
1.) Download and complete application: EAP Program Application
2.) Submit your completed application by emailing it to [email protected].
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.
June 23-24 // Understanding & Answering Atheism
Is religion dangerous? Is Christianity Intolerant? Does God exist, and is He worth following? How do I share my faith in a culture where belief in God is dismissed as anti-intellectual and ridiculous?
On June 23-24, 2017, the Zacharias Institute will be hosting the next conference in RZIM’s Understanding and Answering series, Understanding and Answering Atheism.
Over the last two decades, academic studies have been published claiming that the more highly educated an individual is, the less likely they are to believe in God. While the statistics supporting these studies are more complex than headlines suggest, the assertion that belief in God requires leaving one’s brain at the door has become pervasive across culture today.
This widespread assumption is fueled by well-respected thinkers such as Professor Stephen Hawking, who once commented that heaven “is a fairy story for those afraid of the dark.” Commenting on Hawking’s statement, Professor John Lennox countered that “atheism is a fairytale for people afraid of the light.”
What are we to make of such contrary responses from two highly educated, intelligent thinkers? Can there be good reason for what Christians believe, or is Hawking right that belief in God stems from child-like naiveté, or even fear? And if there is good reason, how do we communicate it in a compelling way? In a world where disagreement is increasingly expressed with hostility, how can people who see the world so differently engage respectfully with one another, let alone understand one another?
Whether you’re a questioning skeptic or an interested Christian, join Ravi Zacharias, Abdu Murray, Vince Vitale, and other members of RZIM’s global speaking team as we consider the evidence for the Christian God, and how Christians can lovingly respond to those who don’t believe in him.
Understanding and Answering Atheism is a conference designed for students, families, small groups, churches, and any one interested in the rising challenge of atheism to the Christian worldview. You are welcome to join us in person at the Zacharias Institute, Alpharetta, GA, or to participate in the conference via live-streaming. Click here to register in-person, online individual, or group live-stream.
In-person Individual: $150 early bird, $200 after April 1, 2017
In-person individual registration includes:
- Participant guide
- In-person interaction with speakers
- Saturday breakfast/lunch
- Video archive of sessions
Live-stream Individual: $55 early bird, $75 after April 1
Live-stream Small Groups up to 100: $299
Live-stream Medium Groups 100-200: $399
Live-stream Large Groups 200+: $499
All live-stream group registrations include:
- HD stream
- Live polling during Q&A sessions
- PDF of participant’s guide
- Video archive of sessions
July 18-22 // Refresh: Ready for College
Are you a junior heading into your senior year at high school? Or a high school senior about to head off to college? Then don’t miss out on the opportunity to get college-ready at Refresh!
As students, you know what’s like to be surrounded by questions. Questions of science and questions of sexuality; questions of the intellect and questions of identity; questions of history and questions of the heart. With so many questions, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. No wonder 70% of Christian students stop attending church in college, when we are surrounded by so much confusion and so many competing ideas.
In the face of so many questions, how can you keep your faith strong on campus? And how can you be prepared to answer the questions and objections of your friends and classmates?’
On July 18-22, 2017, the Zacharias Institute will be hosting our first Refresh apologetics conference.
At Refresh, no question is off limits, whether questions asked from within the Christian faith, or questions from those without faith. We want to give you the space to think through some of the toughest challenges to Christianity, and equip you to live out your faith on campus.
At Refresh 2017, you will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and be mentored by Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and many other members of RZIM’s Global Speaking Team.
Refresh is designed for students, youth groups, and their leaders. If your parents are accompanying you to Alpharetta, GA, they are welcome to attend the opening session.
Registration will open soon. If you’d like to receive an email notifying you when you can register for Refresh, sign up for our mailing list here.