Veteran of 34 years of ministry with Cru, founder of the Apologetics Leadership Group (a regular gathering of top leaders in Christian apologetics), and now a writer/editor with The Stream, Tom Gilson is ready to help your church, your ministry, or your organization step up to meet the new and rapidly growing challenges faced by Christians in North America and the Western world.
Tom has been a major mission agency Human Resource director (with an M.S. in Organizational Psychology), a ministry strategist advising multi-million dollar worldwide mission agencies, and the Vice President for Strategic Services with Ratio Christi. Consulting clients have included the JESUS Film, Josh McDowell Ministry, Global Aid Network, Cru City, and many churches.
And he’s just launched the Spiritual Readiness Project, a 5-year research-based initiative to train and equip American churches to be ready for rising anti-Christian hostility.
Tom has acquired a nationally-recognized reputation for biblical wisdom and compassion in dealing with two of today’s leading challenges: atheism and LGBT issues. He authored Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, was lead editor for True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism (both published by Kregel Publications); and he’s produced the only extended biblical study to date on dealing with adversarial atheists online, in How Would Jesus Blog?
Along with that he’s self-published a book in strategic response to professor Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists. He’s also the author of more than 400 published articles in addition to his writings on the highly respected Thinking Christian blog. Much of that material is anthologized in A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ.
Tom is a regular plenary speaker and teacher (often teaming up with Dr. Timothy McGrew) at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s annual Defend conference, and he’s been featured often on national radio broadcasts and podcasts. He’s spoken several times at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, in addition to churches across the United States, as well as internationally via Skype.
(See a partial list of Tom’s media and teaching events at CriticalConversationsBook.com)