Teaching Pastors and Christians How to Become Thinkers & Thinkers How to Become Christians
The mission of Christian Thinkers Society is to teach Christians to become Thinkers and Thinkers to Become Christians: (i) for Pastors and Believers to equip, train and educate Christians to respond in an informed and defensible manner regarding the core truths that are at the heart of the Christian faith; (ii) and for the Thinker our purpose is to reach a new demographic and demonstrate why Christianity makes sense, is enriching to life, and why it is essential for the betterment of society.
In an age of acute biblical illiteracy, the Christian Thinkers Society’s vision with Jeremiah Johnston, Ph.D., is to lead the vanguard of a new movement that will have a notable impact on the shape of contemporary Christianity by providing the essential training to transform and enrich believers, Christian leaders, and pastors who will be characterized by a thinking faith, capable to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency to offer trite answers to a skeptical world.
Birth of the Vision
God birthed the vision for Christian Thinkers Society in the heart of Jeremiah Johnston while studying in the Griffith Papyrology Lab of Oxford University in December of 2010. In the 4:00 p.m. afternoon darkness of Oxford, a light snow was falling outside the Ashmolean museum lab. With a third-century Gospel of John papyrus fragment in hand, Jeremiah felt an overwhelming calling from the Holy Spirit that he was not being exposed to these amazing discoveries and evidences of Christianity to be a reservoir, but rather a channel. That is to say, Jeremiah was not trained in Oxford for his own purposes or vainglory. Jeremiah has a vision for the kingdom of God that is not wrapped up with a personal quest for self-promotion. While his passion will always be to work to do his best and study “to show himself approved” (2 Tim 2:15), his desire is not for the trappings of a comfortable academic life. Instead, Jeremiah seeks to be of service in all things first to God and then to the people of Christ. In that Oxford lab, like John on the Isle of Patmos, the vision for this ministry was born a cause dedicated to equip believers to speak in an informed and translatable way about the deep truths that are at the heart of the Christian faith. Or as it is known now, it is a passion to teach Christians to become Thinkers and Thinkers to become Christians.