Perspective

Current Issue

October/November 2018

This issue of Perspective brings you articles and stories along the lines of shaping Christian students and graduates. We also present reports and reflections from participants at the recently concluded FES National Conference with the theme To Affinity and Beyond. May the various articles and stories give us ideas, encouragement and fresh impetus to labour in this ministry for which God has called us.

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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