According to Christian pollster George Barna, “women are the backbone of U.S. Christian churches.” In spite of the perennial debate over the role of women in church leadership, women “are more likely than men to comprise the ranks of churchgoers, volunteers and Sunday school teachers.” It should come as no surprise, then, that the International Society of Women Apologists (ISWA) has experienced dramatic growth over the past several years. Today, ISWA is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Five years ago, a simple Google search for “women in apologetics” would have produced a rare response of Internet silence. Today, the ISWA has 85 members and a speaking team of nearly 30 well educated, articulate female Case Makers, including many accomplished academic leaders, professors, and authors.
The ISWA was created by women to meet the specific needs of women interested in apologetics, especially women with a myriad of family and vocational responsibilities. “Enter ISWA U, an Apologetics curriculum designed just for women. Each lecture is on a different Apologetics topic, and each is less than an hour long. It is specifically tailored to the busy woman, in that you can read one book in the time it takes baby to nap, right on your iPhone while you are in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or you can watch a lecture on your laptop straight from the ISWA website and fold laundry at the same time.” The ISWA is an excellent source for apologetics articles, videos, and recommendations for self-guided study materials.
Members of the ISWA are listed on the website and their ranks are growing. In fact, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Josh Furches (from Examiner.com) has been featuring many ISWA associates in a series entitled, “Profiles of Women in Apologetics”. These speakers are now being requested across the country and speak in a variety of settings. The ISWA is growing in influence and support; ministries like Ratio Christi, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, Tactical Faith, the Poached Egg, Christian Thinkers Society, Apologetics315, Apologetics.com, Stand to Reason, and schools like BIOLA, Liberty, Houston Baptist University, and Veritas Seminary have become good “friends of ISWA”.
For many years now, I’ve been writing about the need in the apologetics community for diversity and depth. There are many “million dollar” apologists, well known and oft-requested. But the world needs a million “one dollar” apologists even more than it needs one more “million dollar” apologist. Each of us has been gifted by God to reach a particular group, at a particular time, for a particular reason. Most of us won’t become professional, full-time apologists. Instead we’ll learn how to engage the culture as effective “tent-making” Christian Case Makers. The women of the ISWA have been making an important contribution for some time now, many as tent-making, one dollar apologists (just like me). I encourage you to visit their website today to help them celebrate half a decade of influence and get a sense for the amazing growth they’ve experienced. The fastest growing community of Christian Case Makers may very well be women.
J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at 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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