Are you an apologist? If you are serious about apologetics, you should be seeking to improve. Being an apologist is so much more than starting a blog and posting about apologetics-related topics.
I do not want to say that I know everything about apologetics, but I have learned something from my twenty plus years involved in apologetics. Here are five steps that will help you to become a better apologist.
- Learn to listen, not just to formulate a response, but to actually learn about the person you are communicating with.
- Make goals for what you want to accomplish in your apologetics ministry. Don’t just do stuff. You will never be able to detect improvement unless you have a way to measure what you do.
- Research in areas outside of your specialization. This includes other apologetics-related topics but also other subjects outside of philosophy or religion. Read books, listen to podcasts and take courses in a wide area of subjects.
- Develop relationships outside of the Church. I don’t just mean outside your local congregation, but seek out friendships with non-Christians.
- Work on your own spiritual life. Read the Bible not just to write a blog post or to develop an apologetics argument. Spend time in prayer and corporate worship.
I would encourage you to work on each of these areas.