The Christian Apologetics Alliance (CAA) is the primary ‘network of networks’ for Christian apologetics, with an international membership in the thousands and thoughtful participation by leading apologists from universities, churches, and nonprofit organizations. The CAA’s ministry is carried out by dozens of official volunteers, through active discussion forums on Facebook and Google+, and at our website.
As an apologetics network, our mission is to answer seekers, equip Christians, and defend the truth of the Christian worldview. One of the strategic ways we accomplish our mission is by developing official partnerships with related organizations, including apologetics ministries, publishing houses, and universities. We maintain an up-to-date list of our official partners on our website.
With each partnership, our desire is to find a clear rationale for the partnership, as well as to identify specific ways we may serve our partner organizations. We desire to partner with organizations, ministries, and individuals who share our mission and are able to connect in meaningful ways with our community.
Types of Partnerships
Friendships and partnerships can take a number of forms, from informal to detailed. Informal partnerships may be as simple as promoting one another’s ministries on our respective websites, while formal partnerships may involve collaboration on projects, membership, social media, and other endeavors. The specific details will vary depending on the partner and the extent to which we can find a mutually beneficial agreement.
The main benefits the CAA offers to its friends and partners is a large and growing collection of apologists gathered in one place, and a strong web presence with the CAA website and blog.
Partners who have resources, local chapters, conferences, and products can benefit by making the CAA audience aware of them, either within the CAA discussion groups on Facebook and Google+, or through the CAA blog/website.
Similarly, the CAA desires to attract more members who are interested in apologetics and Christian worldview issues, and partners can serve the CAA by promoting our group through their websites, social media accounts, meetings, and publications.
How organizations can partner with the CAA:
•A publishing house can serve the apologetics bloggers in the CAA by providing free books for a promotional giveaway, driving traffic to the CAA member’s website. In turn, the publishing house benefits from the exposure to this website’s regular readers.
•An apologetics training program can serve CAA members by offering a special CAA-only discount to participants. In turn, the training program benefits from increased enrollment in their program. Similarly, the program could encourage all of its participants to join the CAA, to give them broader exposure to thousands of apologists and many more resources than any one program can offer. As other CAA members see the quality of the program’s participants in the discussion forums, more CAA members may become eager to enroll in the training program.
•An apologetics conference could promote itself to CAA members in the discussion forums, leading to higher participation at the conference itself. By inviting all of the participants at its conference to join the CAA, the conference organizers increase the likelihood that these participants remain involved in apologetics for the coming year. Then, when the conference promotes its next event in the CAA, former conference participants can offer word-of-mouth endorsements about the value of the event to other CAA members.
We look forward to prayerfully considering other kinds of partnerships with organizations who share our mission. Partners should not be in violation of the CAA Statement of Faith, though they need not explicitly affirm it to work with us.
If you have responsibility for forming external partnerships within your organization, and are interested in developing a partnership with the Christian Apologetics Alliance, please contact our Director of Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org.