I’m sure that most people involved in apologetics want to be successful in their apologetics endeavours. But how can you know if you are successful? You need some way to measure. One way to do this is to set some goals.
I would start with some very general goals. What are you trying to accomplish with apologetics? Here are some potential goals:
- Provide apologetics resources for seekers.
- Increase confidence of the truth of Christianity for Christians.
- Increase acceptability and respect for apologetics within churches.
- Develop more apologetics material in a certain area that you have background or interest in.
These goals are not enough but they give you some place to start. It is better than just having a goal to do apologetics.
Once you have a general idea of what you want to accomplish, it is time to develop some specific goals. These are goals that are aimed at a specific task or event and that you can measure your success or failure. Here are some examples of specific goals.
- Start a small group for seekers that looks at the claims of Christianity.
- Lead a workshop on an apologetics-related topic at your church.
- Start an apologetics blog or podcast.
- Write an eBook on a specific apologetics topic.
The aim of all this is to set a goal that is possible but is also stretching. Setting a goal to share the gospel with everyone on the planet, while admirable, is not practical. Set a goal that you can actually accomplish and be thinking of how you can set your next goal just a little higher.