GS Desk June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The month of June is a term break for government universities and the polytechnics, though it is shorter for the latter. It is also the month where various local churches hold their annual church camps or retreats. This year, besides these typical events, a special conference was held – the GoForth National Missions Conference (NMC) 2018, held from 21–23 June 2018 at the ACS Barker Road. GoForth is organized every four years and involves churches across denominations as well as mission agencies in Singapore.

This time the conference took the theme of Urban Missions as its focus. It is reported that more than 2,300 people from around 200 churches attended various programs and tracks offered, such as Leaders’ track, Children’s track, English track, and Chinese track. Though GoForth was not an FES-initiated event, we participated and even mobilized our students and staff workers to volunteer and support the conference in various capacities.

During those two days, our students and staff workers interacted with the larger body of Christ in Singapore and conversed with people from various mission agencies and local churches. It was a precious experience for our students and staff workers to engage with the diversities in the understanding of what mission is and how urban missions should look like, which may be atypical to what FES has been promoting or engaging so far. This engagement is edifying as our students and staff workers learn to appreciate the richness that the body of Christ offers.  

At the same time, the above experience also helps our students and staff workers to gauge the atmosphere and sentiment of Christian or church missions in Singapore. This gives valuable input as well as a realistic perspective when we develop wholistic missions training programs for our students in the future.

Lastly, but more importantly, the involvement of our students and staff workers in GoForth NMC 2018 is one true and heartfelt manifestation of one of our distinctives: church-oriented. Indeed, FES is committed to serve the local churches and get involved in the concerns that the local churches have, one of them being in the area of missions.

We hope that the above encounters and lessons learnt will motivate and inspire our students and staff workers to love His Church more and aspire to build the body of Christ in whatever capacity we are given.

 

Lisman Komaladi
General Secretary
 

 

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