Perspective

Current Issue

March 2019

The process of spiritual formation, or growing mature in Christ (Eph. 4:15), involves engaging in specific practices and disciplines that will help us move toward that goal. In this issue of Perspective, the focus is on engaging in Scripture, individually and communally, in our spiritual formation. The feature article, ‘Building Your Life on a Solid Foundation’ challenges us to examine the foundation of our lives and make the necessary re-alignments so that we are more ‘well formed’ and not merely ‘well informed’. Transformed and not merely gaining knowledge. In line with this, we asked some of our students to share their stories on how the Word has transformed their lives and the struggles they face in the process.

We are also excited to share with you our plans to commemorate FES’ 60th Anniversary. Do join us in praying and participating in this very significant event in our history.

IN THIS ISSUE

Feature

GRADUATING GENERATIONS

 

The old IFES motto of ‘Changing the World, One Student at a Time’ can only hold true, if the convictions established as students endure long and well into the workplace. Just like the student years are formative, there is an increasing need to view the early years of a graduate’s life as crucial and formative in shaping and moulding them as well.

Ministry Ideas I

TOWARDS STUDENT-GRADUATE INTEGRATION

 

Since June 2017, attempts have been made to bridge the young graduates’ ministries of Graduates’ Christian Fellowship (GCF) and FES. In our effort to bring FES and GCF into closer partnership, we created a framework focusing on four key areas.

Ministry Ideas II

FINAL YEAR PROGRAMMES

 

Some of our Christian Fellowships (CFs) and ministry sections have programmes in place to help final year students prepare for graduation. If your CF does not have one yet, perhaps these can spark off some ideas for ministry among final year students.

Ministry Ideas III

GRADUATES IN COHORT GROUPS

 

Some young graduates who were part of the Christian Fellowship (CF) during their student days, have been meeting in cohort groups since graduating. Let’s hear from some of these groups about what it has been like for them.

Ministry Ideas IV

GRADUATES RESOURCE INTEGRATION TEAM

 

We graduate with eyes full of hope. But how many of us end up going for work through gritted teeth?

Viewpoints

MAKING SENSE OF LIFE AFTER GRADUATION

 

One of the aims of the graduate ministry is to encourage graduates to be salt and light in the workplace. What are some of the challenges they face in this area?

Graduate Stories I

WORKING WITH FORGOTTEN COMMUNITIES

 

Hi everyone! My name is Lydia and I am currently working as a digital marketing executive in World Vision Singapore. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian aid organisation that aims to alleviate poverty around the world, serving people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Graduates Stories II

KEEPING FOCUSED THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS

 

Since graduation, the journey into life as a working adult has not been smooth sailing. It took me about four months to secure my first job.

Graduates Stories III

TO BE SALT AND LIGHT IN THE CHURCH

 

Transition to the local church. That was something that Michael (the FES staff worker) kept re-minding us (the outgoing ExCo) to consider.

Graduate Stories IV

FROM TEACHER TRAINING TO TRAINED TEACHER

 

Whilst being trained at the National Insti¬tute of Education, I had interviews at two schools. One was an elite school. The other was more of a neighbourhood-type school.

FES Event

FES NC18: TO AFFINITY AND BEYOND

 

FES hosts a national conference for students from all sec¬tions and ministries of FES every two to three years. This year’s conference, NC18, was held from 28–30 September at Salvation Army, Praisehaven Retreat Centre.

FES Event

FES NC18: MISSION 1

 

Reconnaissance: Participants interacted with multiple experiential stations aimed at revealing issues and neglected realities present in society.

FES Event

FES NC18: MISSION 2

 

Total recall: An intensive simulation where participants experience differential treatment based on social classes they are streamed into.

FES Event

FES NC18: MISSION 3

 

Transcendence: A talk by Rev. Dr Maggie Low lecturer at Trinity Theological College, on the book of Amos, expounding God’s perspective on sin and injustice, and our calling as Christians in society.

FES Event

FES NC18: MISSION 4

 

Equipping: Workshops on Food Wastage, Travelling, Social Media, Online Shopping, Coffee, and Fashion, offering a biblical perspective and practical suggestions pertaining to common lifestyle habits and behaviour.

FES Event

FES NC18: MISSION 5

 

Launching: Time given for campus fellowships to share insights from the conference and initiate follow-up action.

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