CHRISTIANS IN THE CHANGING MARKETPLACE

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May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2022

Zoom

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CHRISTIANS IN THE CHANGING MARKETPLACE

The COVID pandemic in the past two years has introduced a greater sense of informality in our work interactions and traditional office relationships.

While a person’s personal faith or religious beliefs can be a private matter, we should be willing, when appropriate situations arise, to be open to discuss the Christian principles that guide our lives and speak candidly about how our faith has challenged us to trust God during difficult times.

Our Christian vision of the marketplace requires us to embark on a journey of discovering how each of us can be called by God in the marketplace to serve His purposes through serving others, providing opportunities for the growth of others and sharing the Good News of Christ – be it through our actions in the office or any place of work

Synopsis

Wholly Work or Holy Work? – The Call to Work and Witness (Rev Raymond Fong)
Have you ever wondered about the spiritual purpose of your work? Is there a divine purpose for the work we do and the vocation we have?

This first session explores the theological foundations for the work we do, the witness we bear, and the opportunities God grants for intentional discipleship in and through our work.

Witnessing in the Broken World of Work (Timothy Liu)
The ideal is for every believer in Jesus Christ to thrive and serve with a clear sense of calling and ministry, loving people and God. Yet many of us in real life experience challenges, pain and losses despite our best efforts.

How can the Bible help us to live between what is and what ought to be?

Witnessing in the Global City (Rev David Ho & Charis Lim)
Singapore has long positioned itself as one of the most innovative global cities, seeking to attract more talent and investments from all over the world to its shores. This session explores a theological understanding of cities and how the church and believers may be faithful witnesses, with reference to Biblical principles.

Practical applications:
In a global and multi-cultural society, how can we be salt and light in our daily interactions in practical ways and yet be sensitive to the culturally diverse milieu around us?

Navigating Work Challenges (Timothy Goh with Ms Joelle Tan & Cornelius Sim)
Join a conversation between generations on being a disciple of Christ in the marketplace.

This session is a dialogue around the central theme of “If you could speak to your younger self today, what would you tell him about the challenges of being a disciple of Christ in the marketplace?”.

The format is built around two young adults, both in their 20s – Joelle Tan, a lawyer by training, working in commercial litigation; and Cornelius Sim, a recent graduate currently working in a HR AI technology start-up – asking the speaker questions that explore how he faced challenges as a disciple in a marketplace full of uncertainty, anxiety and temptations.

Covering insights from his book Navigating Work Challenges: A Marketplace Devotional, Timothy tells stories from his life and reflects on passages of Scripture that helped guide him in difficult times.

About the Speakers

Rev Raymond Fong
Trained as a lawyer, Pastor Raymond worked in the Singapore Legal Service as a Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Director of the Legal Service Department in the Ministry of Manpower and Assistant Director in the Legal Aid Bureau for 11 years before responding to God’s call to pastoral ministry. He was appointed to Wesley Methodist Church from 2011 to 2014, before being appointed to Faith Methodist Church from 2015 to 2020. He returned to Wesley Methodist Church as Pastor-In-Charge from 2021.

Timothy Liu
Timothy Liu spent 20 years working as a regional sales person covering Asia Pacific for tech and engineering products before working as CEO of Dover Park Hospice. His primary calling has been to serve God in the workplace and, at the same time, help believers connect their faith with their work. He founded Marketplace Christian Network in 2001 and was also President of the Graduates’ Christian Fellowship (2007–2014).

Rev David Ho
After graduating from NUS Law School, Pastor David worked in the corporate world for about 10 years before pursuing God’s call to full-time vocational ministry. Thereafter, Pastor David studied part-time in Trinity Theological College over seven years, while pioneering a church-plant in the HDB heartlands for 10 years, before entering pastoral ministry.

Charis Lim
Charis Lim is the CEO of Research Communication International, a management consulting firm and the Co-Founder of several tech start-ups. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and is an Adjunct Fellow in People Analytics & Organisational Leadership at the Singapore University of Technology and Design Academy.

He is the Vice President of the Board at the Metropolitan YMCA and sits on the Executive Board of TRAC as well as the TRAC Board of Human Resource Management. He is also a Board Director of MYWorld Preschool and the Methodist Preschool Services. He is presently the Chairperson of Wesley’s Digital Strategy Group and the P&P Service Sub Committee.

Timothy Goh
Timothy Goh is a corporate in-house lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in the legal industry. He is the founder & director of Kairos Project Ventures which is focused on catalysing businesses for good.

He served as President of the Graduates’ Christian Fellowship (GCF) from 2002 to 2007. He is involved in Christian social enterprises reaching out to the rural poor in Asia that promotes pro-family, fostering, adoption and life network, and business and marketplace initiatives focussed on being salt and light in society. He is also part of the Marketplace Ministry in WMC.

For more information, email Felicia Ong.

Date: May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2022

Time: 8pm-9.30pm

Cost: S$30

Click here to register (registration closes on May 3)

About the organiser:
Wesley Methodist Church is the oldest and largest Methodist church in Singapore.

Early in 1885, Rev William F. Oldham was appointed to head the work of the Methodist Church in Singapore. He arrived with Dr James Thoburn and, together they conducted a series of evangelistic rallies. These rallies were held in the Town Hall (later to be the Victoria Memorial Hall). It was here that the first Methodist Church in Singapore was established.

Today, some 4,000 people from all walks of life gather on Sundays to worship God as one church family.

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