What to expect

This course introduces students to key concepts and characteristics of engaging in worldview apologetics. Worldview apologetics is a form of apologetics that focuses more on the paradigms/ worldviews that drive the way people think, act, order life and live rather than on cultural issues that cause people to argue, debate and separate. Many forms of apologetics focus on the frameworks that emerge from the various worldviews - i.e. religious practices, sexual orientation, gender identity. Worldview apologetics goes a step deeper to look at the worldviews that drive these frameworks and helps the student learn how to engage people at the worldview level. The goal of this approach is to move from trying to win an argument to actually serving and helping people break free from the bondage of any worldview that is untethered from a Christ-centered worldview.

  • Is there a God?

  • What is real?

  • How do we know what is true?

  • How do we know what is right and what is wrong?

  • What does it mean to be human?

What's inside the course:

A key distinction of this course is that you will learn how to take the first steps to building trust with people so that through the act of building trust you can have worldview level conversations in order to share the good news of the gospel and a heart level.

  • 1

    Course Overview

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • Instructions

    • Learning Objectives

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Course Bibliography

  • 3

    The Paradigm of Worldview Apologetics

    • What to expect in this session

    • Love: The Great Apologetic

    • Love: The Great Ethic

    • Love: The Great Freedom

    • The Mark of the Christian

  • 4

    The Tools of Worldview Apologetics

    • What to expect in this session

    • Important Terms

    • Prima Facie Evaluation

    • Intra-Worldview Analysis

    • Reflection Exercise

  • 5

    Engagement of Worldviews

    • What to expect in this session

    • Theological Vision

    • Dominant Worldviews of Our Age

    • Post-Colonialism: Self Evaluation

    • Reflection Exercise

  • 6

    Worldview Practicum

    • What to expect in this session

    • Building trust through actions and words

    • Preparing your project

    • Phases in Pioneering

    • Exercise: Community Meeting

    • Exercise: Present Your Solution

  • 7

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Reviews

    • Research Project

  • 8

    What's next

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

The benefits of the course include:

  • On-demand video accessible on multiple platforms

  • Articles and blogs written by our instructors

  • Accessibility 24/7 from your phone, tablet, or computer

  • A roadmap and case study to help your church get into a growth posture

  • Personal reflection questions to help you digest and apply the content

  • Discussion forums to do theology in a community with others taking the class

  • Do theology collaboratively with an instructor on live Zoom webinars

  • Certificate of completion

Meet Dr. Steve Leston

Associate Professor of Apologetics

Stephen Leston

Dr. Stephen Leston is the President of To Every Tribe, a mission training and sending agency. Prior to this role, Stephen served as the pastor of Kishwaukee Bible Church in DeKalb Illinois. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. He loves preaching, teaching, and equipping the next generation of leaders how to do the same. In addition to being the Author of The Bible in World History, He is also the author of The Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles and has contributed to several volumes of the Layman's Commentary Series. Steve's heart is to see people understand how to read, understand and apply the Christian Bible to their lives.

The Bible in World History

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the book!

What was happening outside Bible lands during the time of the patriarchs, Jewish kingdoms, the prophets, Jesus’ ministry, and the early church? Find out with The Bible in World History. This pocket-sized, fully illustrated reference breaks biblical and early church history into eight major time periods—from “Creation to the Tower of Babel” through “Anno Domini,” the years from Jesus’ birth to about AD 330—and shows what was happening in other parts of the world during those times. With references to Chinese, Indian, African, and Mayan cultures, among others, The Bible in World History will help you see how history and scripture intersect.

Are you ready to change your world?

It's not simply about what you know in your head, but what you believe in heart and do with your hands so that you are motivated and equipped to lead movements.