Women in Apologetics

"As the discipleship coach at our church it was super eye opening for me to broaden the scope of discipleship to include the youngest kids. As I read through the blueprint and listened to each speaker I was impressed with what we can expect our kids to know and understand at a much earlier age than I previously thought. It got our staff really thinking how we can rework how we do discipleship from birth to adult."

Donna Henry, 2021 DBAH Conference Attendee

Replay Contents and Features

The 2021 DBAH conference replay helps parents, pastors, caregivers, and teachers create a plan of biblical discipleship and growth for the children in their care. Our objective is to instruct on the importance of discipleship and to outline a framework that provides the tools necessary to fulfill this effectively.

10 Videos

1 Q&A Panel

3 Discipleship Blueprints

2 Slides & Handouts

4 Bonus Workshops

2 Bonus Resources

Are you ready to be equipped to disciple your children?

Session Information

Our current discipleship model within the church isn’t working. However, it isn’t for obvious reasons. For the last 20 years, we have seen youth involved in the church dropping out at an alarming rate (70-88%). In this session we will look at the subtle steps that have led to the current culture in the church that keeps even the most dedicated family from producing mature Christian children through the programs of the church. Once you see it, you’ll understand why and you’ll never be able to not see it again.

An idol is anything that takes the proper place of God in our lives. We often associate idols with things that are evil. However, an idol can also be something that is good but valued far above its proper placement in our lives. Many families unknowingly struggle with three idols that can hinder or destroy the foundation of faith in their children. In this session, we will identify what those idols are and the impact they are having on our children. Are you brave enough to knock them down and put them in their proper place?

Most Christian families have a godly desire to fulfill the Great Commission in their home by making disciples of their children. However, our children didn’t come with instruction booklets on how to grow them in the faith (wouldn’t that be nice?). Most of us muddle along doing the best we can by taking them to church and telling them about God as we have the opportunity. But what if there was something that actually gave us greater instruction on how to do discipleship with our growing children & youth? In this session, we start rebuilding the foundation of faith in our families again with a blueprint that keeps Jesus as the foundation and grows as your children grow.

Because I said so” was such a dissatisfying answer when we heard it from the lips of our parents. Often it represented the end of a discussion without an actual reason as to why a certain rule or punishment was being enforced. However, now as parents, we have often created rules for our families in much the same way. In this workshop, Pastor Jeremy Bannister will help us break that cycle by appealing to the only foundation for discipline that will outlast our influence as parents…the Word of God.

There are several factors happening in our culture right now that are an assault on God’s will for us to work. But God expects our kids to know how to work diligently and spend money God’s way. And it’s our job as parents to teach them. Theologian, Krista Bontrager, will lay out the theological framework for a Christian view of work and money, as well as some practical ways to engage in family discipleship.

The biggest question our current culture is asking young people is, “Who are you?”. From Instagram hashtags like #ChooseYourGender to TikTok videos asking “What are your pronouns,” to demands to become “allies,” or “anti-racist,” our children are surrounded with invitations to accept fraudulent identities, ways of being and belief systems that are outside of God’s declared word.

The pressures to self-identify have left many young people searching and asking a different question: “Who Am I?” Without biblical guidance, young people will allow culture or popular opinion to define or identify them. As parents, aunts/uncles, and leaders, we have an important role in the life of young people: to reinforce their God-given identity.

Together, let’s discuss the importance of affirming a child’s God-given identity and strategies to reinforce what Scripture declares over them.

Culture continually bombards our children with its philosophy that truth changes from person-to-person. How can we make a compelling argument for the existence of objective truth and train our children to discern truth from falsehood? In this session, we will explore answers to these questions and engage in strategies for implementing truth-education with our children.

We typically reserve apologetics instruction for high school and college students. However, is it wise to wait until the late teen years before we equip our children to understand why we can confidently place our trust in the biblical worldview? Come explore developmentally appropriate strategies we can use to capitalize on the elementary years and begin apologetics training with our children!

I talk to many students who simply seem bored with Christianity. They have grown up in a Christian home, attended Christian schools, and have gone to church every week. They are tired of the same stories being repeated over and over again. Their knowledge of God is limited to: God loves me, he has a plan for me, and Jesus died for me… that’s all. No wonder they’re bored! Other students keep hearing about God but become bitter because they keep asking “Where is he? Does he even exist?”, only to never get their questions answered. That is why I created this talk. I think that when we understand how relationships are formed, then our students will grow into a deep, loving, committed relationship with God.

Many Christian parents want to disciple their kids. But they also recognize gaps in their own knowledge of the faith. Theologian, Krista Bontrager, shares practical strategies to help parents fill in those gaps and transfer that knowledge to the next generation.

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About the Speakers

Jeremy Bannister

Jeremy Bannister is a husband of over 25 years, a father of three, and a dedicated pastor of 20 years–.at the same church!  He graduated from a Christian & Missionary Alliance Bible College and has been in Youth Ministry the entire time he has been a pastor and co-pastor for 13 of those years. Needless to say, he is passionate about seeing faith built up in young people.  

During his time in ministry, he noticed two troubling issues.  First, as a youth pastor, he wasn’t very good at helping parents with their youth. Second, he wasn’t really sure how to disciple his own children. Over the last 12 years, he has been rediscovering these two lost disciplines. He is passionate about sharing what he has learned and implemented in his own ministry and with his own children to parents everywhere.

In addition, it is his desire to partner with churches to help pastors and teachers come alongside parents and help create a plan of discipleship and growth for their children.

* The church where he serves isn’t a non-denominational Christian, but rather an independent Christian church. He was saved under Southern Baptist preaching.

Krista Bontrager

Krista Bontrager is a fourth-generation Bible teacher. She is an author, podcaster, former university professor, and homeschool mom. Krista has a BA in Communications from Biola University, an MA in Theology, and an MA in Bible Exposition from Talbot School of Theology. She worked for over two decades in various capacities in theology and apologetics, including as a staff theologian at Reasons to Believe. Krista’s work can be found at theologymom.com.

Monique Duson

Monique Duson has a background in social service and children’s ministry. She has worked with a diverse array of under-served communities. Monique worked as a Missionary to South Africa for over four years, serving children and teachers impacted by drugs, violence, and trauma. She spent two decades advocating for Critical Race Theory (CRT), but through a series of events, began to clearly see the contradictions of CRT with the historic Christian worldview. Monique is now convinced that CRT is not the best way to achieve racial unity and actively speaks out against the use of CRT within the church. Her mission is to promote a vision for racial healing based on the historic Christian worldview. You can find her work by going to centerforbiblicalunity.com.

Elizabeth Urbanowicz

Elizabeth Urbanowicz is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about equipping kids to understand the truth of the Christian worldview.

She holds a B.S. from Gordon College in Elementary Education and Spanish, an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University in Literacy Education, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Elizabeth began her professional career as an elementary teacher in a Christian school.

Several years into her teaching experience, Elizabeth realized that despite being raised in Christian homes, attending a Christian school, and being active in church, her students thought more like the culture than like Christ. Elizabeth began searching for curricular materials that would equip her students to think critically, helping them discover that Christianity is the worldview that lines up with reality. After not finding any materials that met this need, she began creating a curriculum for her students.

Elizabeth first taught Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum as an after-school class for third through fifth graders, and the results were incredible! Students were transformed from passive recipients of information to active evaluators of every message they receive. Parents and teachers alike noticed the impact these materials had on students’ media consumption, academic achievement, and everyday habits. This transformation lasted beyond the elementary years and guided students’ thinking in junior high and beyond.

Elizabeth now works full-time on developing comparative worldview and apologetics resources for children. Her goal is to prepare the next generation to be lifelong critical thinkers and, most importantly, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Ryan Pauly

Ryan Pauly graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Religion and an emphasis in Youth Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California. After graduating he became a missionary in the Dominican Republic. During his four years in the Dominican Republic, he taught English, Worldview, Apologetics, and Leadership to junior high and high school students.

Ryan moved back to Southern California in 2015 and started teaching Historical Christian Doctrine and Apologetics, Comparative Religions and Worldviews, and Philosophy of Ethics at a Christian high school in southern California. In 2017, Ryan joined MAVEN as a field guide for their worldview missions experiences and became a trained volunteer apologist for the Reasons to Believe apologetics community. In 2019, Ryan became a Stand to Reason affiliate.

Ryan received his Master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Talbot School of Theology. He also holds a certificate in Science Apologetics from the Reasons Institute. His writing has been featured at crossexamined.org, seanmcdowell.org, thepoachedegg.net, apologetics.com, josh.org, and he was also a contributor of the updated version of the popular Apologetics Study Bible for Students (released in 2017). Along with his writing, Ryan has appeared as a guest on Truth Matters TV.

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