Frank Turek, has been a dear friend, co-laborer and mentor. He’s the author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, and Stealing from God, and a popular speaker on college campuses, churches and conferences around the country. Frank does more than train Christians, however. Frank trains trainers.
Frank’s been a teacher and cultural influencer for years, but if you want to impact your culture exponentially, you’ve got to multiply your own efforts by creating additional trainers. That’s exactly what Frank does every year at the CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA). Frank has assembled a team of speakers and thinkers to help him train up the next generation of Christian Case Makers. This three day experience isn’t for beginners. It’s for people who have already started to step out and teach apologetics in their local churches and communities. CIA will teach you how to present the case in four categories critical to Christian Case Making: Truth, God, Miracles and the New Testament. You’ll also learn how to answer questions about those topics in a hostile environment. During these three days, in addition to hearing lectures and participating in discussions, participants will be asked to make their own presentation and answer questions from the instructors. I am part of the CIA faculty, along with Frank, Greg Koukl, Alisa Childers, Jorge Gil, Dr. Richard Howe, Brett Kunkle, Bobby Conway, and David Wood.
If you’re a tent-making Case Maker, I think you should come and be a part of this incredible opportunity for the following reasons:
It’s a Great Place to Grow Your Knowledge Base
There’s an extensive reading list required for everyone who attends the program, so you’re going to have to prepare yourself with additional knowledge before you even arrive at the training. But trust me; you’re going to learn a lot from the instructors and other participants. The people who come to this academy are gifted and knowledgeable. We all get to learn from one another and everyone comes away with something they didn’t know prior to the training.
It’s a Great Place to Refine Your Approach
One of the best things about CIA is the emphasis on presentation. It’s one thing to know something, another to communicate what you know effectively (especially if you want to be winsome or influential). This year we are increasing our focus in this area. We want to make you better Case Makers and communicators. We’ve got special break-out sessions planned for you to accomplish this goal.
It’s a Great Place to Learn the Art of Influence
If you want to become a better visual presenter, this is a great place to learn to speak “visualish”. I will be talking a lot about that this year; Frank scheduled me to teach one of the new breakout sessions where we’ll examine a number of successful strategies guaranteed to increase your ability to communicate visually. If you’re a tent-making Case Maker like me, this will be the perfect opportunity to learn from one another.
It’s a Great Place to Connect with Other Case Makers
Perhaps my favorite part of this training is the opportunity to meet all of you and “hang out in the halls” together. If you’re staying at the local hotel, we’ll be eating breakfast every day (as well as other meals at the event). We’ll definitely learn from each other, but more importantly, we’ll get to know each other as brothers and sisters (and likely begin a relationship that will extend over the years).
If you want to become a more effective Christian Case Maker, I can’t think of a better, more concise, more focused opportunity. Join us at the next CrossExamined Instructor Academy as we encourage, critique, train and inspire each other to make the case for Christianity.
For more information about the nature of Biblical faith and a strategy for communicating the truth of Christianity, please read Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. This book teaches readers four reasonable, evidential characteristics of Christianity and provides a strategy for sharing Christianity with others. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Forensic Faith DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.
J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.
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