An American in EAST

“The shocking hot weather”, and “pedestrians waiting for traffic lights to turn green even when there are no cars coming.” These are some of the “cultural shocks” Jessica Yi (USA), then 23, first experienced in Singapore. And her favourite thing to eat? “Bubble tea,” she replies, “Sure we have it back home but the bubble tea here is a whole new level!”

Jessica came to Singapore to intern with the ACTS Ministry International (AMI) “Since I would be here for a year, I decided to study at EAST, which I found on the internet, to equip myself,” she says.

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Reflection on recent elections

It has been just a week since Singapore held its General Elections and the dust of who won and lost in the various constituencies are slowly settling down. A local Christian website, Salt & Light, has a blog post which serves to remind us of our Christian civic duty to reflect, confess and repent in view of all that has been done and said. The author of the article said, “We do not put our trust in political systems, parties or personalities … Our charge is to honour the authorities (Romans 13:1-8)” and to “teach the next generation how to make sense of the topics of passion of their day through the lens of Scripture.”

Have a good read of today’s #SaturdayGoodRead and a blessed weekend!

The author, Ng Zhiwen, “is a connector. His passion is to see the Church united for the mission of God.” Read the article here.

Christ-like leadership: Considering the Question of Character

In the recent Singapore General Election, the concern was about electing the “right” political leaders to govern the nation for the next five years. As Christians, what are biblical qualities of leadership that God would deem essential for those who are followers of Christ. Dr Lewis Winkler, an EAST resident faculty who teaches theological studies, shares his thoughts from the Scripture.

“Leadership is influence”(Maxwell 2007, 13). John Maxwell’s well-known dictum captures a profound but simple truth: People who influence others are leaders. For Christians, two crucial questions arise. First, what kind of influence are we talking about? Is it coercive and manipulative or persuasive and empowering? Is it accidental and piecemeal or thoughtful and intentional? In short, what kind of influence is exercised upon others, from where does it come, and how it is properly obtained and developed?

This leads us to a second and more important question for Christian leaders. What does Christ-like influence look like? The church talks a lot about leadership but too often takes its models from primarily non-Christian sources. Christians can glean wisdom from such sources, of course, but failure to give adequate attention to specifically Christian concerns regarding leadership can end up diminishing or even opposing a biblical vision of what a Christ-like leader should look like.

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#FREE8ONLINE

EAST Free 8 Online Courses for Visiting Students

JOIN our classes for FREE* as we launched a slate of online courses for your learning and growth in biblical understanding and ministry effectiveness.

*FREE registration and tuition fees for visiting students taking any of the EAST Free 8 Online Courses listed below for audit (i.e. not for credit) valid from July to November 2020. Do note certain classes may require audit students to complete certain assignments to maximise their learning experience. Use the voucher code FREE8ONLINE on registration to enjoy the promotion. Credit students will have to pay registration and tuition fees.

Please register by 13 July 2020. Registration is subject to class size limits. Course availability and information are subject to change.

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Theology of Leadership (May 2018 Intensive Course)

Find out if you are eligible to take this course using the Two Courses Free@EAST Promotion!

 

Theology of Leadership (LF512/TS522, 3 credits)

18-25 May 2018, 9.00 am-5.00 pm (starts on Friday, ends on the following Friday)

What are God’s instructions for us today as leaders in ministry? Unreflective reliance on secular theories and techniques can be hazardous to us as leaders and to our people.  This course helps participants to develop a theological foundation for thinking about practical issues of leadership for application to life and ministry.

Guy Saffold, EdD

Guy, is Executive Director of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools at Trinity Western University and has 40 years of experience in organisational and ministry leadership. He holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Seattle University (USA) and a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA). He is an author and Associate Professor in theological studies and organisational leadership.  He consults and speaks widely, most recently working with hundreds of Asian leaders to support their National Evangelization Plan for their country.  Guy and his wife Susan have two sons and three grandchildren.

Registration deadline is Friday, 11 May 2018.   Online registration of courses at www.east.edu.sg or contact registrar@east.edu.sg for registration form.

 

 

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