Thinking of a Limited Prep? Start with Apologetics! By: Michael Tant

1st Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Holy, and always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within you.”

This verse is one widely considered to be the foundation for all Christian Apologetics and is one that gives Christians a high responsibility. To ALWAYS be ready to give an answer means that we can’t delay in our preparation or in our willingness to answer anyone who asks us about the hope that we have in Christ. Nothing prepares us better to do this than learning and competing in the speech event Apologetics… even as a beginner!

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Another August Online Workshop – Apol. 101 with Chiara Baldacci

Over 100 possible questions. 4 minutes prep. Apologetics can be daunting. Lasting Impact! and Chiara Baldacci invites you to jump start your season on Aug. 23, with a new Online Workshop- Apol. 101. Here is what Chiara has to say…

Without the help of upperclassmen and alumni, I would have never gained the confidence to try apologetics. In the end, apologetics was the most fruitful and the most enjoyable thing I competed in during my time in Speech and Debate. The preparation grew me spiritually. The competition grew me communicatively.

When I first decided to compete in apologetics I had numerous technical questions:

  1. How do I organize a box?
  2. Are there specific ways to format a card?
  3. Do people handwrite cards or print them?
  4. Where do I begin finding information?

Once I was able to develop systems of organization and find resources for information, apologetics lost its intimidation factor. At that point, I was able to grow and delve into the depth of the Christian faith.

Through this workshop, I desire to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the years to help you enter the realm of apologetics—to help you get past your fear and begin wading through the rich truth and doctrine.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

This Online Apologetics 101 Workshop, will cover the following:

· How Rounds Work

· How to Organize a Box

· How to Format Cards

· Recourses

· How to Write Cards

· Preparation Strategies

· Your questions 😉

If you are thinking of starting Apologetics this season, join Chiara in Apol. 101. Thursday August 23, 8:00-9:00 CT. Members pay just $5!!! Our workshops are not only for students, parents and coaches are welcome! We even invite clubs to use our videos to help teach! To sign up click HERE.

For a complete list of Lasting Impact! Workshops click HERE.

Why Online Apologetics?

Now is the time to join Online Apol. Don’t take our word… here is what members have said…

“I recently completed the Online Apologetics class with Lasting Impact. The coaches were inspiring and welcoming. In this class, there is opportunity for in-depth conversation as well as personalized feedback on speeches. If you are considering this class you should go for it! You will learn more than you could ever expect. Creating cards can seem like an overwhelming task, but each class gives you enough material to write at least one card, and often much more. This was helpful in preparing for tournaments, and in general, all of life’s big questions.” ~ student, KS

“Online Apololegics opens the door to not only to great apologetics resources, but also to great apologetics discussions and feedback. Online Apol. will challenge you personally in your walk with Christ, equip you to effectively communicate in competition or out of competition , and give you the tools to powerfully persuade in your day to day conversations. For me, Online Apol. has encouraged me significantly in my study of Scriptures… and they are more valuable than “fine gold” (Psalm 19:10).!! Talking about God’s life answers with others who also passionately follow Him is so incredible! Discussing and learning together in online forum has helped me answer some of the biggest questions.” ~ Rachel Bechtel, alumni/instructor

“This was the best online class ever. It not only helped my daughter get started competing in apologetics, but more importantly it strengthened her relationship with the Lord & caused her to delve into Scripture & pursue her relationship with Christ in a new & powerful way.” ~ mom, FL

“Apologetics challenged me to know how to deal with the tough questions. I still don’t always have the right answer, but it taught me how to express what I do know in an honest, genuine manner. Being okay with not knowing every little detail of the Christian faith, and instead focusing on the big truths and trusting the Holy Spirit to move within the hearts of those who you come into contact with.” ~ Myles McLean, alumni/instructor

“I chose to compete in Apologetics because I love to learn about God. Participating in Apologetics made me ask the questions I never thought I could answer. I wanted to prepare to defend my faith – but now I know that doing Apologetics changed me as a person and that is the greatest defense I can give. Spending that much time learning about who God is makes you understand Him so much more. I still use quotes and concepts I learned in Apologetics. Even more, I now know how to go deeper into God’s Word. I would not be in this place today if I didn’t participate in the discipline of Apologetics.” ~ Elizabeth, alumni

“Apologetics is the only speech event that you can use in the following year. You can master material over several years. Every other speech event requires starting from scratch! I so believe in the spiritual effectiveness, I have written a curriculum to equip students. It’s used by families all over the country, entitled, Fearless Apologetics. You can find it at www.fearlessapologetics.com. As you make your plans for the new school year, consider making time for Apologetics. It may be the most important course your teen takes.” ~ Chap Bettis, parent/pastor

photo by: JulieAnne Photography

 

 

Warning: Competing in Apologetics Can be Dangerous by: Joel Erickson

So many students decide not to compete in Apologetics. The number one reason I hear… fear. Fear in saying the wrong thing, fear of not knowing enough. Setting off on a quest can feal intimidating… especially alone. This is why we created Online Apologetics. This group is a friendly, encouraging place for students and families to build each other up, as well as equipping them for life. Below is an article by one of our 2018-2019 leaders, Joel Erickson. If you are wanting a community in your Apologetics journey… join us!

Remember- Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear, for I am with you…

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Join Online Apologetics for Fall 2018 NOW!

We would like to invite you to join Lasting Impact!’s Online Apologetics Club. This will be a one semester club/class for Fall 2018.

  • Have you been wanting to start Apologetics, but aren’t sure how to get started?
  • Did you want weekly accountability in your Apologetics Journey?
  • Do you want to be better prepared for Apologetics this season?

We are gearing up for another great year of living in the word through Online Apologetics. You do not need to be a competitor of Speech and Debate to get a better understanding of the Christian Faith. You don’t have to walk that road alone. Each year we have students, along with their families, join us in the journey. Through the power of technology we have people across the nation joining us every Tuesday evening starting Sept. 11 from 8:00-9:00 CT.

When I asked Online Apol. Leader, Rachel Bechtel, what can Online Apol. do for students? She replied, “Online Apololegics opens the door to not only to great apologetics resources, but also to great apologetics discussions and feedback. Online Apol. will challenge you personally in your walk with Christ, equip you to effectively communicate in competition or out of competition , and give you the tools to powerfully persuade in your day to day conversations.  For me, Online Apol. has encouraged me significantly in my study of Scriptures… and they are more valuable than “fine gold” (Psalm 19:10).!! Talking about God’s life answers with others who also passionately follow Him is so incredible! Discussing and learning together in online forum has helped me answer some of the biggest questions about my faith – like, why does God allow us to sin and yet still hold us accountable? Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Here are some testimonies of our group…

“Thank you so much for Online Apol. It has been a great opportunity for my child. I am so thankful for the personal accountability, and emphasis on growth, rather than the competition.” ~ parent

“I am so grateful for my Online Apol. friends. I now feel I am prepared to write my cards with confidence.” ~student

“I appreciate the teaching the most about Online Apol. Thank you so much for organizing this! It has helped me in card writing and in general knowledge.” ~ student

Still not convinced… Here is what our Apologetics Ambassadors have to say about Apologetics…

Myles McLean- “Apologetics challenged me to know how to deal with the tough questions. I still don’t always have the right answer, but it taught me how to express what I do know in an honest, genuine manner. Being okay with not knowing every little detail of the Christian faith, and instead focusing on the big truths and trusting the Holy Spirit to move within the hearts of those who you come into contact with.”

Joel Erickson- “Don’t be daunted by the seemingly insurmountable 105 questions. Approach the category with an “I-can-do-all-things-through-Christ-who-gives-me-strength” mentality.  Focus on preparing for Apologetics as a way to enrich your relationship with God and teach some judges about His grandeur.”

Stefanie Klaves- “Growing up in a Christian home, I thought I “knew” God and Christian fundamentals. After engaging in a few conversations with Buddhists and Atheist friends, I realized that I couldn’t adequately articulate why I believed what I believed, why the Bible is more reliable than other holy books, or why the Christian faith is preferable to their religious beliefs.”

Join Online Apologetics NOW!

$50 members/$75 non-members

Fall semester – Sept. 11 – Dec. 11 (14 sessions)

Tue. evenings 8:00-9:00 pm CT

No curriculum needed. Sessions will be recorded, so you won’t have to miss out on any of the fantastic teaching, awesome tips, or online community!

Be Our Guest – Free Online Apologetics Meeting Tonight

Tonight we will be having our last Online Apologetics Meeting for the season. This year, we met all year- every Tuesday night 8:00-9:00 CT. Rachel Bechtel has done a fabulous job leading our group! Next year, we will only be meeting first semester to accommodate more families and their needs. Registration will be coming soon!

We invite you to join us tonight to see what Online Apol. is all about!

  • Encouragement
  • Lessons
  • Practice
  • Fellowship
  • Guest Speakers

We welcome you to come take a look at what being part of an online community is all about! Tonight our guest speaker will be Annie Rogers.

If you would like to participate simply contact – admin@lastingimpact.info

We will send you the link to Zoom- our online meeting forum.

 

Experience Apologetics for Growth and Challenges

Almost every competitor we talk to, talks about Apologetics in a way that expresses their gratitude for being challenged, as well as the growth they have seen in their walk with Christ and knowledge of Apologetics. Really? Can participating in Apologetics, whether it be through a speech and debate competition or a class, cause a deeper relationship with Christ to develop? We asked a few of our Lasting Impact! competitor interns the question, “What was the most challenging thing in Apologetics through which God caused you to grow?” Our interns are seasoned competitors of Apologetics- having four or more years experience.

Remember- you can still sign up for our Apologetics Workshop, Dec. 15. And Online Apol. 2nd Semester is right around the corner! We would love to have you join us!!

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Cyber Monday – BOGO Apologetics Workshop

Join the Lasting Impact! Apologetics Ambassadors for a special one day Apologetics Workshop Dec. 15, 9:00-1:00 CT. If you are thinking about participating in Apologetics this year, or you are excited to prep for your upcoming tournament season, or need an extra little push- join our Online Apol Workshop! Now you, and a friend, can participate in the comfort of your own homes, and join for the price of one!!

Members – $5

Non-members – $20

Today only, you and a friend can join for the price of one! Sign up HERE.

What will be covered?

– Engage with experienced speakers and pastors on some of the most challenging Apologetics questions!

– Four hours of invaluable Apologetics card writing content!

– Catch a practical vision for Apologetics competition with a panel of passionate, experienced Apologetics leaders.

– Hear how to apply ballots, real life apol conversations, and tips for four minute card writing!

– See how Apologetics can propel you into a more fervent focus on the preeminence of Jesus Christ.

– Learn from our leaders’ and glean from their personal relationships with their Savior.

All online through Zoom – all you need is wifi, your laptop, and an open Bible! Just like in-person but from the comfort of your own home! After signing up, a member of Lasting Impact! will contact you for the second email.

Remember, clubs can sign up too ($35)! Sorry, the BOGO sale does not apply to clubs.

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Announcing… Online Apologetics Workshop- Dec. 15

Lasting Impact! is excited to announce… a detailed, online, tournament preparation workshop for all beginning to advanced Apologetics students!

  • Engage with experienced speakers and pastors on some of the most challenging Apologetics questions!
  • Four hours of invaluable Apologetics card writing content!
  • Catch a practical vision for Apologetics competition with a panel of passionate, experienced Apologetics leaders.
  • Hear how to apply ballots, real life apol conversations, and tips for four minute card writing!
  • See how Apologetics can propel you into a more fervent focus on the preeminence of Jesus Christ.
  • Learn from our leaders’ and glean from their personal relationships with their Savior.

All online through Zoom – all you need is wifi, your laptop, and an open Bible! Just like in-person but from the comfort of your own home!

December 15th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Speech students of all ages are welcome! Perfect for students preparing for spring competition and for students considering future competition.

– Free for Tuesday night Online Apologetics students. You can still join our weekly Online Apol. Group. Click here for more info.

– Lasting Impact Members only $5.00 (log in for discount code)

– Non members $20.00 (per family)

– Or bring your whole club for $35.00. Contact- admin@lastingimpact.info

Scholarships available – Contact- admin@lastingimpact.info

Our goal is to encourage, empower, and equip as many students as possible to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in relationship with Him. Come ready to embrace 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Sign up for the workshop NOW here!