2009 has been a very exciting time for our ministry with Michael and Amy speaking at numerous evangelistic events on a number of different continents. The trust has also been continuing its regional apologetics training days across the UK. The first of these was held in February at St Aldates Church in Oxford. Entitled Uncertain Times, Certain Hope? the event attracted over 400 delegates who came to hear talks from Alister McGrath, John Lennox, Michael Ramsden and Michael Green.
The second, entitled Good God, Bad God? Vital Questions in a Confused World, was held at St Paul’s, Hammersmith and was a partnership between the Zacharias Trust and St Paul’s Theological College. Over 350 delegates turned up to hear a number of talks by speakers from both the staff of St Paul’s and the Zacharias Trust. Afterwards, St Paul’s described the event as a “fantastic day of learning and equipping” and “the kind of event we hope serves the church here in London and beyond in the future.”
The trust was also involved in teaching the evangelism track at the annual European Leadership Forum, held in Hungary. This strategic event is an opportunity for church leaders from across the continent to gather together in fellowship, both to support one another as well as to receive good Bible and apologetics teaching. Those speaking at the event this year included Michael Ramsden, Michael Green, John Lennox, Tom Price and Vlad Criznic.
This summer, two different groups of students graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. In June, the fifteen students on the one-year programme were awarded their certificates by Alister McGrath at a ceremony in the university church at Oxford. The following month, the eight-week business programme concluded with a graduation held on the final day of the Zacharias Trust Summer School. The Summer School is a week-long residential course in apologetics held annually in Oxford. This year the theme was the War of the Worldviews and over 100 delegates from 11 different countries attended the event in Queen’s College. The talks were given by members of the RZIM international team, as well as a number of guest lecturers.