Praise and Appreciation for Athanatos Ministries’ Apologetics Mentorship Program
Athanatos Ministries’ Academy of Apologetics is truly a first-rate educational opportunity for those interested in learning more about their Christian faith. After my seminary coursework I was looking for a way to continue learning about theology, apologetics, and the text of the Bible that was flexible yet thorough, while at the same time allowing for a productive student-instructor interaction and is affordable. For that, I had to look no further than Athanatos’ course offerings. Athanatos offers the student the choice of enrolling in a certificate program in either traditional apologetics or literary apologetics, or simply learning more about their faith through individual courses in a number of areas of theology, apologetics, and biblical studies. Each course has lots of interesting material that covers all of the pertinent areas of that study, and the information is absorbed through the use of weekly activities that are not only interesting, but enjoyable.
If you are interested in increasing your knowledge about your faith, both for your personal growth as well as to increase your ability to share your faith and to teach others, I highly recommend Athanatos Minstries’ Academy of Apologetics.
Reverend Randall Hroziencik, Ph.D.
Who is ‘apologetics’ for?
Most apologetics degree programs are aligned with universities. However, many people who are passionate about apologetics know that the people they interact with are far outside of academia. The disputes that are hashed out by Christian professors are not the disputes hashed out on Facebook. The questions that arise on the ‘front lines’ (for most Christians, anyway) are not answered by citing references. Moreover, increasingly, the people who need answers the most are one’s own children.
Apologetics is not for the scholar, alone. Apologetics is for everyone.
Indeed, Athanatos Christian Ministries has found that in many cases, the people who would benefit the most from apologetics, don’t even know what it is, let alone that they need it!
But how do you design programs for people who don’t even know they need them? This has been ACM’s challenge over the years, and it has met that challenge by introducing ‘apologetics’ into areas where people don’t normally expect ‘apologetics’ to take place. These include our writing contests, our strong pro-life commitments, our engagement with the culture in general, and the defense of God’s plan for marriage and the family.
To put it bluntly, if you are here because it is essential to you that you have a degree by an accredited organization, you are in the wrong place. If you are here because you want to be well-equipped for defending the faith on the front lines, wherever that happens to be for you, you are very much in the right place.
Our purpose in putting matters this way is not to knock scholars and scholarship but to call attention to the more immediate needs that people have that bring them into the sphere of ‘apologetics’ in the first place. However good the scholarship is, it must be ‘translated’ and applied in the real world, with real people. Our certificate programs cover content–oh, do they!–but they are also highly practical.
Before someone enters into our programs, we ask them why they are taking it and who they hope to benefit. The programs themselves require practical application: as part of the program, one must take something they’ve learned and present and defend it to someone they expect to disagree with them! Learning the content is relatively easy. Applying it in the real world is hard. ACM has designed its programs with these realities in mind.
ACM’s apologetics academy is essentially a mentorship program for any Christian seeking to become well-grounded in defending the faith through their vocation–whatever that vocation may be.
If one is not enrolling in one of our certificate programs, the 3-5 week modules can be taken separately. They are designed with the busy person in mind. At an affordable cost and for just a few hours a week, you can become acquainted with some of the most important apologetics resources available. You’ll learn about the facts of your faith and lay a foundation for further, independent study. These courses are available throughout the year on a ‘self-guided’ basis. Start and finish on your own timeline. However, three times a year–in October, February, and May–facilitators will be ‘on duty.’ Time your enrollment for those periods if you want interaction with teachers and facilitators.
The highest amount of interaction is offered to those who enroll in either our Apologetics Certificate Program or our Literary Apologetics Certificate Program, as this is where ACM’s Executive Director, Dr. Anthony Horvath, and others associated with his ministry, are particularly keen to help students develop their passions.
Note: for those who enroll simultaneously in our Apologetics and Literary Apologetics Certificate programs, a discount is available, given that there is overlap in content between the two programs.
Our Summer Apologetics Program is for the person who prefers to learn in ‘face to face’ encounters with actual scholars and experienced apologists. The two week program is held in Greenwood, WI (where ACM is located) and dovetails into ACM’s Christian arts and apologetics festival. The summer program can be taken in conjunction with either of our certificate programs. Pastors, teachers, youth directors, and other leaders in a congregation will benefit from this program. However, parents are also in view, as well as their young adult children (a thoughtful, diligent 14 year old could benefit from the program, too). In short, the summer apologetics program is for anyone looking for ways to defend the faith from within their existing vocation.
Our Apologetics Certificate Program is for the person who wants to truly familiarize themselves with a wide spectrum of Christian thought and prepare themselves for even deeper study. Whether for mere personal study or to help in the course of your ministry, you will find that our certificate program gives you the tools you need. ACM’s program is completely unique; no other certificate programs are like it! Think of it as a ‘Great Books’ approach from an apologetics perspective. Learn more.
Our Literary Apologetics Certificate Program was inspired by ACM’s belief that the defense of the Christian faith should be mounted through the arts in our culture. ACM hosts a number of Christian writing contests and publishes books, with an emphasis on integrating a defense of the faith into storytelling (ie, through fiction). Our Literary Apologetics Certificate Program is aimed to help both apologists and authors think about how to communicate the Christian worldview in our ever-increasingly diverse, and often hostile, world.
Our Christian Educator Training Program has new Sunday School teachers and youth group leaders in mind–and their pastor. Many people do not feel they know enough about the Bible to teach it, so they choose not to become involved. Others might feel like their knowledge of the Bible is fine but their ability to answer objections is limited. There is no substitute for serious study, but our training program will instill confidence and give direction to those who take their duties as a Christian educator seriously. Our training program also touches on issues related to ‘classroom management.’
All courses can be taken ‘a la carte.’ You don’t have to enroll in one of our certificate programs to take them. Just go to the academy course interface and sign up for the course you want following these instructions.
Who might be interested in our courses?
- The youth director who wants to be able to answer the hard questions put to him.
- The high school senior looking for reliable material to share with classmates.
- The college student confronted with secular challenges to his faith and wondering why one earth he didn’t learn anything useful in Sunday School for dealing with hard nosed professors.
- The parent who knows that if he doesn’t pass along the facts of the faith to his children, no one will.
- The pastor who knows that apologetics is important but doesn’t know where to start.
- The Bible student who wants to go deeper.
- The atheist tired of Christians insisting that he doesn’t have his facts straight on Christianity or the Bible.
- The author who wants to make sure he or she has their doctrine right
- The apologist that wants to know how Christian thought has progressed through the centuries
- The author or apologist interested in intentionally working through the arts to advance the Kingdom