Tools

Through our research, we’ve assembled some tools that help people on their own journeys as well as aid those looking to lead others who are searching. If you are interested in these conversations or thinking about leading a group in your community you may find these materials helpful.

Forums

At it’s core, the forum is a place for people to express and discuss their thoughts on any spiritual topic. People rarely consider other perspectives unless they feel their own ideas have been genuinely heard. For many guests this is the first time they’ve ever been able to have this kind of conversation without judgment or animosity. When the discussions ends, doors have often been opened allowing for much deeper conversation between friends than ever before.

The forum takes many forms, all with the same core.

  • The Open Forum is a series with the same group of people led by a facilitator. The setting? Usually an evening at someone’s home or at noon in an office conference room.
  • The Focused Forum is a single discussion focused on a specific topic. It’s a low-commitment option to pair with happy hour drinks or other group activities.
  • The Adventure Dinner is an evening with a four-course meal cooked by a gourmet chef. Each course has a theme and corresponding question to spark discussion.

Foundations

Foundations is Search’s primary tool for exploring what the Bible says about how to develop a meaningful and personal relationship with God.

It provides an opportunity to not only develop that close relationship, but to understand the key elements of Christian growth which can benefit us for the rest of our lives. To many people who have come to believe that there is a God and that He has revealed himself to us reliably in the Bible, there is yet a sense of futility about grasping the basic principles on developing this important relationship.

By way of analogy, coaches have learned to identify and impart the basics of any given sport to athletes. Foundations attempts to identify and impart the basics of intimacy with God as revealed throughout the Bible.

I'm Glad You Asked

Search’s original apologetics resource was written to reasonably address the most common questions people raise about christianity.
It came from the experience of thousands of conversations with seeking adults. however, over the past three decades we have seen a shift in the emphasis of a few of these questions, such that the original approach no longer addressed the heart of the current objection. We took a year to update every chapter for content, context, and style that fits better with our modern time.

Just like the original, the text guides you logically through the questions with helpful flow charts and practical illustrations. It shows how each objection is really an opportunity to explain the Gospel. I’m Glad You Asked is yet another tool for building the faith of the believer, as well as equipping you to personally answer the questions your seeking friends ask.

The Search for Meaning

The entirety of The Search for Meaning is available for free online to stream or download.

Life today is busy. And all too often, the demands of a hectic daily schedule keep us from pursuing answers to life’s big questions, the kinds of ultimate questions that give us a sense of who we are and why we’re here. Questions like why things don’t often go our way, how we should live life and what happens to us and our loved ones when we die.

We’re all vitally interested in these kinds of questions, but may be afraid that there are no answers, or that if we ask them to friends and family they’ll just give us a pat, condescending, dogmatic answers; or worse, that they’ll criticize, judge or even reject us.

Listen in as Bill and Lamar, two good friends, discuss their big questions with openness, honesty, logic, evidence, and a great deal of mutual respect. These are the kinds of conversations we’ve all wished for but perhaps thought couldn’t happen.

There is real help in these dialogues for intellectually honest people who want faith in God to make sense, who want to build a solid basis for purpose, meaning, ethics, and personal priorities in life.

Growing Your Marriage

With a growing divorce rate in our country and many of the remaining marriages surviving in a less than ideal state, the need for open honest dialogue about improving our own marriage has never been more apparent.

Growing Your Marriage is a four-to-six week series designed as a starter discussion for those who desire to know more about how to navigate their way to a healthier marriage. For centuries people from all social and spiritual backgrounds have held the social ethics of the Judeo-Christian Bible in high esteem. This discussion revolves around some of the time-honored principles found in its pages.