As a lay apologist, often times I feel confronted by a lack of authority. What I mean is, I don't have a seminary degree. I have the privilege of learning from some of the brightest men and women in the apologetics community, but to others I'm just a regular guy and that's fine because it serves a greater purpose - that regular men and women can be good Christian case makers.
However, when leading an apologetics group, this can lead to some unique challenges. Participants may ask "what makes this guy so knowledgeable?" or "well, that's just his opinion". So when writing material for a class, I like to prevent what I call "apologetics in a vacuum." I never want to give the impression that what I am sharing is just something I've come up with. But I also want to develop the skill of creating my own material to better improve my grasp of apologetics. So how does one deal with this apparent conundrum?
What I have found helpful is to treat each talk like a jury trial with a list of expert witnesses. For example, I may be speaking on eyewitness reliability. I lay out the case of why the apostles are reliable, but then I show a quick clip of J. Warner Wallace speaking on how to test eyewitnesses to make sure you can trust their testimony. Or If I'm speaking on the KCA, I may show another clip of William Lane Craig explaining the KCA.
In this way, not only do I write my own presentation going over the subject material, but I have the benefit of providing expert witnesses to demonstrate that what I am presenting is a proper argument for the subject at hand. The participants also have the added benefit of learning of other more learned apologists whom they can further their studies with outside of the group.
But it should be noted not to rely too heavily on expert witnesses as the group needs to have the confidence that YOU understand the material you're presenting and can discuss any questions that may arise. In the end, I feel like this method is good for the lay apologist to prevent the belief that you only posses a myopic view of the subject but are instead a student of the apologists you are seeking to emulate.