What is CIA?

Have skill and a passion for Apologetics? Impact your world by learning how to present I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, Tactics, Stealing From God, Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and evidence from other outstanding presentations!

In 2020, we will be in Allen, TX at Cottonwood Creek Church. 


Why do we conduct the CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA)?

As you know, 75% of churched youth leave the church after high school. Intellectual skepticism is a major reason they leave, much of which they get at college. This will be the last Christian generation in America unless the Body of Christ acts immediately.
CrossExamined.org exists to engage primarily colleges, but also high school campuses and churches, with a reasonable and engaging case for Christianity. We do that by conducting I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist seminars at college, high schools, churches and other venues to which we are invited. Due to the magnitude of the problem, we are training a team of other qualified people to do this as well. That’s why we have established the CIA.

What is the CrossExamined Instructor Academy?

CIA is an intense three-day program where you will learn how to present I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist—which involves four main topics: Truth, God, Miracles and the New Testament—and how to answer questions about those topics in a hostile environment. During those three days, in addition to hearing lectures and participating in discussions, you will be asked to present a portion of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and answer questions from several instructors including Frank Turek, Greg Koukl, Richard Howe, J.Warner Wallace, Brett Kunkle, Bobby Conway, Jorge Gil, David Wood, and Alisa Childers.

What is new about the 2020 CrossExamined Instructor Academy?

In 2020 we will be at a new location in the Dallas area. CIA will be held at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, TX.

Helping you improve your presentation skills is a central focus of CIA.  The small class size and personal attention will also provide you with additional benefits including the opportunity to learn new content, go deeper into the arguments, and to ask questions of some of the best apologists in the world.

Who teaches at the Academy?

In 2020, our teaching team will be:

Since the CIA class is deliberately kept small, this will be a unique opportunity for you to be instructed personally by some of the world’s best Christian apologists. Don’t miss out. Apply now!

What are the qualifications?

CIA is not a course where beginners learn apologetics, but a place where those with a solid foundation have their skills deepened and sharpened. It is NOT necessary to have a degree in apologetics or philosophy, but you should have a good working knowledge of the material. If you have good presentation skills, that will help too (CIA will improve those as well).

How can I prepare?

The Essentials:  Don’t just read or listen, but study and outline our book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. This can be purchased along with the 12-show DVD series called Why I Still Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist at impactapologetics.com. At that same link, you can get the student workbook and teacher workbook that goes along with the DVD set.  Those workbooks are great for teaching the material to a class or small group, but the full I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist curriculum goes much deeper.  You need the curriculum because it supplements and updates the book, even if you just use the workbooks to teach.

Also read, outline and study Frank Turek’s new Stealing from God:  Why Atheists need God to make their case, Greg Koukl’s Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (the DVD version is available at STR.org), and J. Warner Wallace’s Cold Case ChristianityIn addition, each week listen to the STR, William Lane Craig, J. Warner Wallace, and CrossExamined podcasts.

There are several other important works you should read or have for reference:

-Lee Strobel: The Case for the Real Jesus; The Case for Faith; The Case for the Creator (these are great because you get the main arguments from the best scholars)

-William Lane Craig: Hard Questions, Real Answers; God: A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist; Reasonable Faith, On Guard.

– William Dembski: Evidence for God (with Mike Licona); Intelligent Design Uncensored (with Jonathan Witt)

– Paul Copan: Is God a Moral Monster?

– Timothy J. Koegel: The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room

– Norman L. Geisler:   The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Answering Islam, When Critics Ask (This book may now be called The Big Book of Bible Difficulties.)

– You also will need to be familiar with the works of the popular atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

During CIA, we are not going to present all portions of the presentation to you. We are going to spend more time helping you with presentation skills and how to answer questions. However, you will be asked to present a short portion of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. As a result, you’ll want to get the Why I still Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist TV series on DVD and the PowerPoint from impactapologetics.com. Then practice presenting 15 minutes of it from any section of the presentation you want. (More details will come if you are accepted to CIA.).

What happens after completing CIA?

We would like you to present, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, wherever you can secure an invitation — your church, youth groups, middle and high schools and anywhere else people will hear you. Bloom where you are planted! You will also become part of the CIA network of instructors that gives you exclusive access to our email forum where you can ask questions and exchange ideas about apologetics, Christianity and related topics.
CrossExamined is not a speaker agency–we don’t schedule speaking opportunities for you. However, we are looking for seasoned apologists that CrossExamined may call on to present, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, on college campuses or other venues. CIA will help us identify potential candidates, but attending CIA does not guarantee you will be offered such opportunities. If after attending CIA you are interested in speaking when such opportunities arise, then you may submit your name for consideration.

When is the next CIA training program?

In 2020, the dates for CIA are August 6-8.

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Where do I apply?


*Click here to apply by June 15, 2020. You may not hear from us about your application status until after we close this process.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for the three-day program is $795. Graduates of previous CIA classes may attend for $400. This fee includes course notebook, lunches each day, dinner one night, and the non-refundable application fee of $25. See application above for details and the possibility of financial aid.

What about lodging and transportation?

*Transportation to and from CIA, and while in the area, is the responsibility of the attendee.

We have a block of rooms reserved at Hampton Inn & Suites-Dallas Allen, 830 West Stacy Road, Allen, TX 75013.
 The rate is $90/night.To book your room online, click here. You may also call Katrice directly and ask for the Cross Examined CIA Conference 2020 rate. The phone number is 469-854-2287 and the GROUP CODE is CIA.
Cutoff Date: Reservations must be BEFORE July 24, 2020. At the cutoff date, the Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Allen will determine whether it can accept additional reservations based on a space and rate-available basis.
If a guest does not cancel a reservation within 24 hours before the guest’s check-in date, then the hotel may charge the credit card one night’s room fee plus any applicable taxes.
A credit card must be placed on each reservation as guarantee.
  • Breakfast buffet at hotel – 6:00-8:00am daily
  • Breakfast to-go bags – 5:00-10:00am daily
  • Indoor pool and fitness center – 7:00am-10:00pm daily
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access
  • Hotel will provide complimentary parking to all guests.

Restaurants in the area?

Click here to find Cottonwood Creek Church on Google Maps. You can do a search of nearby restaurants.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, please drop us an e-mail at Diego@crossexamined.org or contact us via the Contact page. We hope to see you at our next CIA training program!

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