Defending Your Faith Expands

Students at William Paterson University, above, are learning about apologetics at a critical time in their lives.

The Defending Your Faith apologetics course was not only an impactful class at both Christ Church campuses this winter, it was also taught to college students on their campus. Quest Student Ministries saw great value in helping students learn how to answer tough questions about their faith, so the initiative began. The idea came to fruition through partnerships with our college campus missionaries: Sophia Brooks, the college campus missionary staff worker at William Paterson University; and Joanna Soroka, the staff worker for the Brick City chapter of lnterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which is made up of Essex County College, NJIT, Pillar, and Rutgers University-Newark.

The number of college students with no religious affiliation has tripled from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016, according to data from the CIRP Freshman Survey. Over the same period, the number who attended religious services dropped from 85 percent to 69 percent. This means there is a high probability that the college student in your life will likely be in a position to defend their faith on campus, as they engage in conversation with classmates, roommates, and even professors. We have seized the opportunity and accepted the invitation from God to partner and pioneer!

Angela Maceda

Angela Maceda

Quest College Director at Christ Church

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