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Lee Strobel: Is Your Church Safe for People Who Are Questioning?

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Lee Strobel is a best-selling author of more than 20 books, including his classic, The Case for Christ. He has spent the past 25 years sharing the evidence to support Christianity and encouraging and equipping people to share their faith. Most recently, Lee has founded the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. The center seeks to fuel spiritual renewal across the U.S. by equipping churches, ministries and individual Christ-followers to naturally share and defend their faith. Lee has been married to Leslie for over 40 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren.  

Key Questions for  Lee Strobel

-Why is apologetics so important to local churches?

-What are some ways that churches are creating safe environments for questions?

-What do you mean by what you call the “New Apologetics”?

-What would you recommend to pastors of local churches as the next step if they really want to equip their people in apologetics?

Key Quotes from Lee Strobel

“We live in an increasingly skeptical world.”

“I think that apologetics is ever more relevant for two reasons. First, to deepen the faith of believers so that they’ll be more confident in sharing their faith. And secondly, in reaching out to people who are skeptics or spiritual seekers.”

“If we’re going to be effective in sharing our faith in the 21st century, we’re going to have to be prepared to answer questions that people have and doubts that they express.”

“Church ought to be the safest place to ask questions. That ought to be the place where we bring our doubts and our objections.” 

“Debates are ok, they have their place, but I think for the average Christian, they keyword isn’t ‘debate.’ It’s ‘dialogue,’ it’s friendships, it’s relationships.”

“I think the pastor has to set the tone for a willingness to entertain objections that people raise.”

“When a person in the church has an objection, is there a place to go?”

“God didn’t send a bunch of propositional answers. He sent the Answerer.”

“Modern apologetics is where we’re less arrogant and more loving and understanding.”

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye