“It is way easier to get up on stage and preach from passion than it is to preach from careful thought,” .. Mikel Del Rosario, Dallas Theological SeminaryMost believers (95%) in America came to their decision for Christ as a result of the interaction of a legitimate witness of the Gospel. There is no question that the "hearing" of the Gospel can drive a saving knowledge to the very core of one's heart. (heart knowledge) "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17 ESVFor the 5% of USA believers like myself, who were raised in close knit non-Christian homes and cultures, their decision for Christ had its initial roots in a private study of God's Word and available apologetics discourse (head knowledge). When the Lord sent his witness into our lives, our head-knowledge became our heart-knowledge. That is one way things come together within a culture where Jesus is a name rarely spoken.I say all of this because the Barna Report "State of the Church 2020" shows that apologetics in the West has measurably declined in the past 10 years in America, and it is disturbing that such decisions are being made based on money.The reasons are many for why this is happening, not the least of which is the fact that most church members today do not want to "learn, teach or to support" apologetics (even to host and keep a small group bible study motivated and learning)."Its too much work" is the common answer most pastors receive when asking for someone to take such a lead and "apologetics does not gain new members therefore it does not warrant the expense" is another common member objection.*"Americans in general to lack basic theological knowledge. Many of the 75 percent of the country who call themselves Christians don’t take their faith that seriously.." G. Shane Morris, The Federalist - 10/10/2016I know from my own experience that apologetics can be very successful in turning an honest heart of a seeker toward wanting more of God's Word and it can bring the role of Jesus into their view, with develop a receptive attitude when a legitimate witness comes. I was 35 years old when all these things culminated into my decision for Christ and good apologetics was a hinge pin part of it.If you love God's Word and you are a member of a church where bible studies, college-accredited study courses, commentary round tables or higher forms of apologetics are no longer being conducted, won't you defend the value of these learning efforts to others? It may not bring in any new members, but good apologetics programs will keep engaged members growing in their knowledge of the scriptures, and broaden their understanding of the faith. And it will keep them coming "back in through those doors" for a greater measure of the spiritual confidence and maturity that fine apologetics will gather and give. It is a win-win situation for western churches to have strong and active apologetics and evangelism programs going on, as is made easily apparent in this comparison between the West (where apologetics and evangelism is measurably declining) and the East (where both have been exploding). Every day for the past twenty years:**Africa has had 37,825 new believers every day.Asia has had 13,443 new believers every day.Compared to:A partial North America (USA, Mexico and Canada combined) has had 2000 new believers a day.Europe has had 8 new believers every day.
* "Why do some churches reject apologetics ministry?" By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter- Monday, March 09, 2020** "The Status of Global Christianity, between 2000 to 2020" (gordonconwell.edu)