An Introduction to RZIM
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) exists to reach those who have objections and questions about the Christian faith, and seeks to challenge those who shape the ideas of our culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Trust was also founded to come alongside the Church to help reach an increasingly secular Europe by equipping Christians to share their faith with confidence and in an intelligent and articulate way.
Our primary focus is evangelism (outreach). Our itinerant team members, Michael Ramsden and Amy Orr-Ewing, together with our team of associate speakers, travel around Europe and beyond, giving evangelistic and apologetic talks in a number of settings including university missions, church guest services, public question and answer forums, and at various conferences. Over the years, the organisation has grown in its evangelistic scope, working with a wide range of churches, institutions and universities. We usually work in partnership, responding to invitations from others, knowing that there is a local presence to continue where we have left off.
Apologetics is a word often misunderstood, as if it means ‘apologising’ for one’s faith. The word, however, derives its meaning from the Greek apologia, meaning a ‘reasoned defence’.
In the Bible, apologetics is synonymous with evangelism:
But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.
1 Peter 3:15-16
Today, the need for sound apologetics has arguably never been greater. Authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens continue to top the best seller lists and are already influencing a whole new generation of thinkers to reject God ‘out of hand’.
RZIM Zacharias Trust exists to defend the Christian faith against such criticism , on both a popular and an academic level, offering a counter-claim to modern-day secularism.
Another key element of our ministry is to provide training for Christians in how to communicate their faith to sceptical friends and colleagues. The training is designed to address some of the key questions and objections commonly levelled against the Christian faith, and is focused on practical application to real questions.
Meet the Team
The RZIM itinerant speaking team is complemented by our lecturers and tutors at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA), all of whom act as additional speaking resources for the trust, wherever possible. This combined team comprise some of the leading Christian thinkers of our time, with more than 150 years’ speaking and preaching experience between them.
A Global Presence
RZIM is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered in England and Wales. Company No. 3449676. Charity No. 1067314. RZIM is a member of the Evangelical Alliance UK and the European Evangelical Alliance. We are also founding members of the European Leadership Forum.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) was founded by Dr Ravi Zacharias in 1984 and now comprises a global team of itinerant speakers. Offices are in the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada.