Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. ~Romans 12:4-5
Ratio Christi believes that the Church, Christ's body, will necessarily be at the center of God's work of evangelism and discipleship here on earth. Therefore, it is vital that we partner with the body of Christ at the local level.
The problem: 50-80% of Christian Students Leave the Faith While in College. Ratio Christi wants to reverse that trend.
Are You In?
Your Church Can Make a Difference on the Mission Field!
It is at the university that [future leaders and opinion makers] will formulate, or more probably simply absorb, the world view that will then shape their lives and thinking...The world view that they imbibe at the university will be the world view that shapes our society. If we change the university, we change society through those who change society. ~ DR. WILLIAM LANE CRAIG
Ratio Christi equips students with the historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ, and trains them to be conversational evangelists who undergird their Gospel witness by defending Christianity with logic and evidence. We organize apologetics clubs at secular universities to strengthen the faith of Christian students and faculty and to challenge atheism and secularism on campus. We are at the cutting edge of college apologetics evangelism. Our mission is to make Christianity something worth thinking about, both personally and in the public square. RC would like to partner with your church to fulfill this mission and affect societal change for the glory of God. This can be done in many ways:
Help Start a New RC Chapter
We want RC on every campus around the world. If you would like to see a chapter on a campus near you, contact us for details about the process. How can your church help? Perhaps you, a leader, or lay person in your church is a trained apologist or wants to get further training. We need apologists to be Chapter Directors at the university. Most universities also require a faculty advisor. Do you have college faculty in your church? They can help! Obviously, students are vital to this ministry. We would love to collaborate with your existing college ministry and connect with students and potential students such as high school seniors. Your church could provide a church liaison to coordinate closely with the on campus ministry. See also the "Adopt a College" page for more information.
Support an Existing RC Chapter
Every chapter needs consistent prayer. Your church could help set up a prayer team for the initiative. The clubs also need financial support for such things as special events, speakers, food, outreach tools, books, and curriculum. Your church's donations would be a huge blessing. Modest monthly support goes a long way toward our chapter's budgets.
Our chapters also seek occasional topical teachers/lecturers. Your church leaders or members might be able to help. Student mentoring is another important part of Ratio Christi's strategy. We like to pair experienced Christian professionals with students studying in the same academic field. Do you have scientists, historians, psychologists, business people, teachers, artists, or others with strong Christian walks in your church? They can help.
Ratio Christi clubs can use logistics and event planning support. Having pastoral support for the groups is very desirable. Your church could also provide administrative help, meeting space for special events, and much more. Are you in?
Utilize an RC Chapter Director to Serve Your Church or Ministry
RC Chapter Directors serve as Community Apologists to train and equip local congregations and other adult and student groups in apologetics. Because our full time Chapter Directors usually have additional time available for ministry they serve their local communities in the area of apologetics, evangelism, and discipleship. This might include starting local evangelism initiatives, teaching at churches, and more. Let our well trained Community Apologists serve your church.
Help Support an RC Chapter Director Financially & Prayerfully
Many RC Chapter Directors raise their own support. In addition to prayer support, your church could financially support a missionary from your missions budget. A monthly donation goes a long way to helping our apologists provide for their families.
Financially Support RC Nationally & Internationally
The worldwide ministry of RC only happens because of generous donors. Consider supporting the overall effort with a much appreciated gift.
Train to Be an RC College Prep Mentor
We will equip leaders in your church to launch local clubs preparing high school students for college. Ratio Christi is developing a high school initiative called "Ratio Christi College Prep." This will be a club format in public and Christian high schools, churches, communities, and homes that will concentrate on mentoring youth to face the intellectual challenges in the universities. Join the Movement!
We look forward to partnering with your church!
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. ~ Colossians 1:17-18