THE JOSH McDOWELL INSTITUTE for CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS is housed on the campus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. As a way to honor the legacy and ministry of Josh McDowell, we are proud to hold the Josh McDowell Legacy Library and host the Josh McDowell Conference on Christian Apologetics. The Josh McDowell Institute will seek to provide students and community members with course work, teaching, and research, and assist local churches with worldview curriculum and teaching.
Josh McDowell Legacy Library Collection
The complete published works of Christian apologist and activist Josh McDowell, entitled the Josh McDowell Legacy Collection, are housed at the Drake Library. The Janice and Charles Drake Library in Bartlesville, OK, will be the only one in the United States to contain McDowell’s works in their entirety. McDowell has written or co-written more than 77 books. Along with his interest in ministry and apologetics, he has a particular passion for youth ministry. He has addressed more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries.
Many of his books and speaking engagements specifically target teens and preteens, encouraging them to come to Christ and remain pure, and for parents (particularly fathers) to build a supportive relationship that will encourage their children.
Josh McDowell Conference on Christian Apologetics
Each year, OKWU will host the Josh McDowell Conference on Christian Apologetics. These two to three day events will feature Josh McDowell along with other noted Christian apologists providing seminars for both university students and faculty, as well as, the broader community. Some of the seminars may be made available for college credit.
Certificate in Christian Apologetics
A Certificate in Christian Apologetics will be offered to those individuals interested in participating in the Institute conferences beyond just attending. Individual participants can earn a Certificate in Christian Apologetics upon completion of the following:
Completion Requirements: Six of the following options + One Community Action Item!
1. Submitted Book Review of resources from approved reading list (up to two Reviews)
Includes: The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, On Guard, Tactics, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Is God a Moral Monster, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, and Reasonable Faith. Full list will be provided along with book review requirements.
2. Attend 2 JMI Conferences with a written summary (summaries required)
3. Attend other Approved Conferences or Seminars (up to two)
Includes: Jim Burkett’s Tulsa School of Apologetics, Reasonable Faith Conferences, and other National conferences. Approval by JMI will be needed prior to conference attendance.
4. Complete an Online Course. Approved course options will be provided
5. Listen to 4 Lectures from a list provided & write brief summary
Lecture topics will include: Youth & Apologetics, Arguments for Christianity, Responding to Criticisms, Christianity & Other Religions, Christian Doctrine, The Resurrection, and Applied Apologetics.
Community Action Items:
For completion of the certification program, candidates must introduce apologetics into their communities. Each certificate student will provide a proposal to meet this requirement.
Some examples include:
a) Lead a small group, church, or community group through an apologetics curriculum (list of acceptable curricula supplied by JMI)
b) Write several blog posts for JMI and/or other apologetics blog sites and/or church sites. Or possible letters to the editor, opinion pieces etc. for area newspapers.
c) Begin a Reasonable Faith Host Site.
Costs: Students are responsible for costs of books, conference registrations, course tuition and fees, etc. where applicable. There is no charge for the Certificate process and approvals.
For more information contact email@example.com or 918.335.6862
Through the JoshMcDowell Institute for Apologetics,Oklahoma Wesleyan University maintains working and cooperative relationships with several organizations whose ministry goals are similar to the Josh McDowell Institute for Christian Apologetics. Please visit their websites:
Embrace the Truth: Abdu Murray
Summit Ministries: Jeffrey Myers
truthXchange: Peter Jones