Partnering for the Kingdom of God
Ratio Christi has a few strategic partners that are vital to our success. We also work with and recommend an ever growing list of Apologetic Ministries.
National Strategic Partners:
Alliance Defending Freedom - Ratio Christi has a strong relationship with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). We are also privileged to have one the leaders of the ADF as a member of the Ratio Christi board of directors. The ADF is one of the premier Christian legal organizations in the United States that defends Christian groups in regards to religious freedom. ADF is a very important strategic partner and has provided invaluable advice as Ratio Christi has grown and expanded. They are experts in the area of religious freedom law while being committed to serving Christ.
Biola University--Apologetics Program -- Graduate and Certificate programs offering a broad study in the defense of the faith. It's purpose is to train a generation of believers, from all walks of life, to articulate, defend, and contend for the faith. Biola graduates serve as chapter directors for Ratio Christi at various universities.
Christian Apologetics Alliance - A rapidly growing group of Christian bloggers, writers, teachers, clergy, students, and others dedicated to the idea that the Christian faith is not only a reasonable faith but that it is also rationally supportable. In making their case for Christianity, theye employ the tools of logic, philosophical argument, science, and history.
Cross Examined --3 out of 4 Christian teens walk away from the church after they leave home. The CrossExamined team, led by Frank Turek, is committed to reversing this alarming trend. Frank Turek is one of Ratio Christi's premier and most recommended speakers for university campus groups.
Houston Baptist University Dept of Apologetics (School of Christian Thought) - HBU’s MA in Apologietics program (MAA) has a cultural apologetics emphasis, and is complementary to other modes of apologetics, such as classical or philosophical apologetics. The degree is intended to provide students with interdisciplinary training in apologetics so that they understand and engage with contemporary worldviews and culture in order to transform the world for Christ, as academics, as apologists, and as followers of Christ.
Liberty University PhD Program in Apologetics - Under the direction of Leo Percer the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics program at Liberty University is training students at a high level to develop the abilities and knowledge to influence our world with a uniquely Christian apologetic. Ratio Christi wants to utilize the training of these students in the movement to affect the secular universities.
Logos Research Associates - a network of scientists that are challenging the naturalist view of origins in many different areas of science including biology and genetics. The group is led by John Sanford, Ph.D., a Cornell University geneticist for over 25 years, inventor of the "gene gun," and author of Genetic Entropy & Mystery of the Genome.
Luther Rice Seminary--Apologetics Program - Offers Graduate level degrees in Christian apologetics. Ratio Christi is partnering with Luther Rice to put trained apologists into active ministry. The purpose of their Apologetics degrees is to equip you with knowledge in issues related to the rational and biblical defense of the truth of the Christian faith.
Meekness and Truth Ministries - is an international organization led by Dave Geisler dedicated to dedicated to educating Christians to more effectively use apologetics in evangelism to help fulfill the Great Commission. Their vision is to see churches in the East and West actively train its members in pre-evangelism as the most effective approach to open doors for sharing the Gospel in an increasing post-Christian culture.
National Apologetics Training Center - A group of well educated and articulate trainers and teachers ready to help any group present and defend the Gospel message. NATC's goal is to train today's Christian leaders and community to give solid answers for Christianity using biblical, historical, scientific, metaphysical, logical, and philosophical evidences.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary - NOBTS has an MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics and a Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University - The Josh McDowell Institute of Christian Apologetics is housed on the OKWU campus as is the Josh McDowell Legacy Library. They also host the annual Josh McDowell Conference on Christian Apologetics and will be offering a Certificate in Christian Apologetics and Masters in Theology and Apologetics.
Southern Evangelical Seminary -- Graduate School specializes in the defense of the orthodox Christian Faith against the attacks of non-Christian religions, cults, and others opposed to it. SES grads serve as Ratio Christi chapter directors at various universities.
Reasonable Faith -- William Lane Craig's organization, to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith.
Summit Ministries --Summit Ministries is an educational Christian ministry whose very existence is a response to our current post-Christian culture. Today, countless Christian youth have fallen victim to the popular ideas of our modern world. Most have adopted these ideas into their own worldview, while still others go on to renounce their Christian faith altogether.Summit views its role in God’s kingdom as a catalyst to counteract this alarming trend. However, our ultimate goal supersedes simply training. As Christians are challenged to stand strong in their faith and defend truth, they will also be equipped to have a positive influence on the society in which they live. During their summer conferences, Summit Ministries encourages young people to join or start a Ratio Christi chapter at the universities they attend.
The Poached Egg - The Poached Egg, a subsidiary of Ratio Christi, is a daily blog where Christian apologetics, history, philosophy, science, theology, and pop culture collide. Their goal is to help guide believers, seekers, and skeptics alike to the Ultimate Source of Truth and to a better understanding of what it means to have a Christian worldview.
Local and Regional Strategic Partners:
Apologetics Resource Center (ARC) - Located in Alabama and ministering to the Southeast region, ARC works closely with churches, groups, youth, and leader to deepen and strengthen the faith of believers and to integrate apologetics into the evangelism efforts of the church and beyond. They have many useful articles, provide teaching and training and form apologetics based study groups.
AIIA (Areopagus II America) - AIIA is the premiere front line apologetics resource and training organization in the New England Region. They have a Study Center location in northern Maine, many online resources, newsletter, experienced teachers, and more. AIIA provides treaching and training for churches, youth events, retreats, and conferences on a wide array of apologetics and worldview topics throughout New England.
Faith Ascent Ministries - Faith Ascent is a denominationally neutral Christian ministry in Saint Louis, MO. Through their annual summer camp, church seminars, discussion groups, and college connection programs they are working hard to reverse the trend of student drop out from Christianity.
Ray Ciervo Ministries-- New Jersey-Ray conducts seminars, conferences, and classes on subjects including building a biblical worldview, creation vs. evolution, world religions, the reliability of the Bible, moral relativism and the necessity of truth. Ray focuses on showing the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's Son.
Tactical Faith - Tactical Faith is a group of people with a heart to connect local churches and universities in Alabama with quality apologetics training. Their board of directors is a mix of clergy and lay-persons that want to see more apologetics training going on, and are working to try and make that happen through financial assistance and consulting.
Other Key Apologetics Ministries Ratio Christi Endorses:
Apologetics 315 -- A virtual apologetics library. Developed by Brian Auten, it is a place where you can get daily apologetics resources including MP3 audio, debates, podcasts, book reviews, quotes, and more.
Birmingham Theological Seminary - BTS has a Master of Arts in Apologetics and a Certificate Program in Apologetics. They provide sound Biblical and practical theological training to equip leaders for Christ’s Church which is evangelistic in focus and committed to the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. Locations in Birmingham, Demopolis, Dothan, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa.
CARM -- Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries--material on doctrine, cults, evolution.
Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview - A ministry of BreakPoint, the worldview ministry that is closely associated with Prison Fellowship Ministries. Their mission is to seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
Come Reason --Lenny Esposito's organization dedicated to demonstrating Christianity as a logical, defensible faith.
Discovery Institute -- is a non-profit public policy think tank based in Seattle, Washington, best known for its advocacy of intelligent design. Founded in 1990, the institute describes its purpose as promoting "ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market and individual liberty."
Faculty Commons - The faculty wing of Campus Crusade for Christ, Faculty Commons provides vital support for Christian teaching in academia. Ratio Christi is proud to work with Faculty Commons in a developing relationship.
IDEA Center - The Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center is dedicated to promoting intelligent design theory and fostering good - spirited discussion and a better understanding over intelligent design theory and the creation - evolution issue among students, educators, churches, and anyone else interested.
Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics - Programs in length from 1 week to 2 years for . OCCA is a partnership between Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University. A life transforming experience, combining effective evangelism with academic rigour for lay people, students, and academics.
RZIM - Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a global apologetics speaking ministry led by Ravi Zacharias. RZIM has speakers and offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, the Middle East, India, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Reasons to Believe -- Hugh Ross's organization, founded to remove the doubts of skeptics, strengthen the faith of believers, and demonstrate that science and the Bible complement one another.
Stand to Reason - Led by Greg Koukl, Stand to Reason is one of the premier organizations training Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture - Directed by Dr. Bruce Little, the Center for Faith and Culture exists to engage culture as salt and light, bringing the Christian faith to bear upon all areas of the human experience in a spirit of Christian love and respect. It is dedicated to providing a responsible voice in the public square to the issues and concerns facing contemporary culture. In addition, the Center is committed to supporting, encouraging and helping the community of faith in all aspects of its mission and ministry.