Want to deepen your understanding of your faith and be equipped to defend, commend and give clear reasons for the Gospel?

The next Zacharias Trust Training Weekend based in Oxford  will run from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April 2019 and provides the perfect opportunity to train with Professor John Lennox.

If you have ever wanted to better explain your faith and answer Christianity’s biggest challenges, then take the opportunity this April at the Zacharias Trust Training Weekend. It’s a chance to engage with the biggest objections to the Christian faith, while also exploring how to provide meaningful answers. Highlights will include a lecture from Professor John Lennox, one of the world’s most esteemed apologists, and teaching from Max Baker-Hytch, a leading member of our team and specialist on divine hiddenness.

The weekend will equip believers to become more dynamic witnesses in whatever context God has placed them in. We will help you to grapple with some of the key questions of our culture, as well as to grow in spiritual depth and character.

The weekend will provide you with an opportunity to have your most difficult and deepest questions answered through exploring topics including science and faith, the hiddenness of God, sexual ethics and practical evangelism.

The weekend is open to all adults and will be held between the Zacharias Trust HQ and Wycliffe Hall in Oxford from the morning of Friday 12th April to lunchtime on Sunday 14th April.

Please note that the weekend is aimed at training Christians, however, if you are exploring the claims of the Christian faith and want to engage as a genuine seeker, you are welcome.

 

Accommodation is not included but some meals will be provided. 

Cost per person: £130

Click below to book your tickets now.

Please note: Included in the ticket price is tuition, course materials, all meals on Friday, dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Recommendations for accommodation in Oxford can be found below. 

Please note: The programme is still subject to some minor amendments

Course Content

Foundation Phase: This forms the basis of the course. Topics include an introduction to conversational apologetics and evangelism, reliability of the bible, reasons to believe, difficult Old Testament texts, spiritual disciplines, the problem of suffering, the nature of truth and the evidential case for the resurrection. We examine worldviews that seek to deconstruct or distort the concept of Truth, and grapple with questions of faith and doubt. The focus is to provide tools through which to answer the question ‘How can I know?’, to address doubt, and to grow in confidence in communicating the Gospel in our own context.

Advanced Phase: This examines questions surrounding science and faith including the worldview of New Atheism, but focusing on the doctrine of God as creator in exploring the origins of the universe. We consider current questions around Christian sexual ethics, the argument from morality, and questions surrounding other religions including the increasingly popular eastern spirituality of pantheism. We also discuss Islam and present ways of understanding its influence in the world. The discussions are aim not only give an explanation of the challenges presented by these themes, but to provide practical help in sharing Christ amidst them.

During the weekend we will examine questions surrounding science and faith including the worldview of New Atheism but focusing on the doctrine of God as creator in exploring the origins of the universe. We consider current questions around Christian sexual ethics, the argument from morality, and questions surrounding other religions including the increasingly popular eastern spirituality of pantheism. We also discuss Islam and present ways of understanding its influence in the world. The discussions are aim not only give an explanation of the challenges presented by these themes, but to provide practical help in sharing Christ amidst them.

Accommodation

The weekend will run from the morning of the Friday to the afternoon of the Sunday. The cost of attending does not include accommodation, although the teaching material and most meals are provided. Please note that we strongly recommend booking early, as, if left to the last minute, weekend accommodation can be more difficult to find in Oxford. For suggestions of places to say, see the ‘Accommodation Guide’ below (at the bottom of this page).

Accommodation Guide

There are many different forms of accommodation in Oxford and they range from the more expensive hotels to cheaper accommodation in a college or bed and breakfast. Please note that we strongly recommend booking early and we also recommend shopping around online (and checking the reviews), as you can sometimes find discounted deals. If you are intending to drive, then please check with the hotel about their parking arrangements (as some hotels do not provide parking) and also bear in mind that traveling through the city can be slow during rush hour.

Closest places to stay are...

 

81 Banbury Road (300m from the venue) A guest house run by Tim and Miriam (friends of the ministry). Normally £80 per night, but prices negotiable on length of stay (mention that you are coming to an RZIM event): 01865 557236

Cotswold Lodge Hotel (300m from the venue) Rooms approximately £170 per night (www.cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk).

St Hugh’s College (500m from the venue). College rooms rented out to guests for around £50 a night (on www.universityrooms.com).

St Margaret’s Hotel (0.5 miles from the venue). Rooms from around £68 a night (www.thestmargaretshotel.co.uk).

Best Western Linton Lodge (0.5 miles from the venue). Rooms range from around £100 a night (without breakfast) to around £115 with it (www.bw-lintonlodgehotel.co.uk).

Rewley House: (0.5 miles from the venue): Student accommodation from around £67 a night (via www.laterooms.com).

The Buttery: (0.6 mile from the venue): City centre accommodation from £80 upwards (www.thebutteryhotel.co.uk).

The Galaxie Hotel (0.9 miles from the venue): Rooms from around £80 a night (www.galaxie.co.uk).

Other options: There are many different bed and breakfasts on the Banbury Road that are over a mile away from the venue, but which can be accessed easily by bus (as there are regular buses to and from the centre). These include Cotswold House and Burlington House.  There are also many hotels in the city centre, although these tend to be more expensive than those outside of it.

YHA Oxford is a 30minute walk from the venue, situated next to the train station. They do very reasonably priced beds and its possible to book private rooms for several people. Let us know if you would like to stay here and if there are several of you we can explore the option of booking a room. www.yha.org.uk/hostel/oxford

Staying in touch

Please also save the date for our next Why Series Training Day, taking place in London on Saturday 18th May 2019! Book tickets here

If you would like to connect with the ministry in other ways, we hope you may find the below opportunities a great way to further develop your interest in apologetics: