If you sense an evangelistic calling and a desire to join the RZIM speaking team, you may be wondering how individuals are selected and invited into this opportunity.
While it is difficult to provide a general answer to this question, we hope the following reflections will offer you some guidance as you seek to faithfully serve the Lord.
First, we want to encourage you! We’re so glad that God may be turning your heart towards apologetics ministry! Because this is ultimately God’s work, the most important principle is to seek the Lord’s guidance and ask God to equip you for the work he has called you to do.
Second, we regularly update employment opportunities in RZIM Connect. This is where you will find any position openings we have and where you can submit to us an application and resume. If you find something there that you believe is a good fit for you please do apply.
Third, we encourage anyone with an evangelistic calling to speak with their local pastor or another trusted mentor and ask for guidance. The insights from those who know us best can be an invaluable resource as we each seek to discern our vocational calling.
Fourth, we recommend you become familiar with RZIM and our approach to apologetics. In particular, we would encourage you to consider the following opportunities to develop personally and vocationally. Please know that participating in these programs provides no guarantee of being hired by RZIM at any point.
The RZIM Academy is an online training curriculum designed to help individuals become better equipped to give an answer to anyone who asks them to give a reason for the hope that they have in Jesus. The Core Module, which offers a broad introduction to apologetics, addresses some common objections to the Christian worldview and provides practical skills of engaging in fruitful dialogue with people of different worldviews.
The Zacharias Institute is a conference center and training facility based out of our international headquarters in the Atlanta area. It was developed to instruct and equip Christians from all walks of life who desire to effectively share the gospel of Jesus Christ and answer the common objections to Christianity with gentleness and respect. You may want to consider and apply for the Emerging Apologists Program.
The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) is based in Oxford, England. OCCA offers a range of programs, and you must apply to Oxford and move to the UK for the length of their programs.
You may also find the following three articles helpful as you prayerfully consider God’s calling upon your life. We have shared these with many individuals and found them to offer wise, practical guidance in discerning how to serve the Lord:
• Living an Apologetic Life by Ravi Zacharias.pdf (625.6 KB)
• J.I. Packer-The Ministry of the Spirit in Discerning the Will of God.pdf (198.4 KB)
• On Leadership and Calling: An Interview with Ravi Zacharias.pdf (152.4 KB)
If you are interested in pursuing an academic degree, Mr. Zacharias has often told individuals that they need to pursue what they love in terms of education. Communication, philosophy, literature, theology, and/or the sciences are all areas one can study that will help an apologetic vocation. The specific degree you pursue will depend on your long-range goals, your particular gifts, as well as your specific life passions.
Finally, we encourage you to live an evangelistic lifestyle now. When we are called to an evangelistic ministry, there is of course no need to be hired by RZIM to begin sharing the gospel! You probably engage in conversations every day that give you an opportunity to be in apologetic ministry right now where God has placed you, while you wait for God to lead you elsewhere in the future. There may also be opportunities for you to begin to use apologetics in your local congregation or Christian community. We also invite you to humbly serve alongside us as we welcome members and answer questions in RZIM Connect.
We are honored that you would think of RZIM as a place of service. We hope that these suggestions will be helpful to you as you pray about how to faithfully serve the Lord with an evangelistic calling.