Equipping graduates to influence their workplace for God
"I believe a strong graduate movement will lay the foundation for a sustainable student ministry."
Graduates are both the Fruit and the Future of IFES. In the post University world the most significant place for daily interaction with non-believers is our workplaces, where we sit day by day alongside people who may never know another Christian as well as they know us.
Much of European civilisation is built upon a collection of writings from 2000 years ago, known as The Bible.
Can this book still offer valid advice and positive framework for the cultures of Europe today? What interpretive principles help us to understand its texts? What worldview does it communicate?
We are setting up a brand new mentoring scheme to help inspire an emerging generation of young Christian professionals and academics as they start their careers.
We want to pass wisdom on from some of the best thought through Christians in a whole range of different academic and professional spheres to the young graduates coming out of IFES movements.
First the bad news. Then some more bad news. And then some good news.
The way we work today is corroding our culture and killing our relationships. This is ‘bad’ but if you’re in work it’s probably not news. The indicators have been going downhill for years.
Work is not even working for the people at the top. They’re making money but, for many, at an awesome cost to themselves and their families. As one person put it: “I’m working this hard so I can spend lots of time with my grandchildren.” Which may be some consolation to him but may not be much comfort to his children.
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Notes for Mentors
Session 5 - Making a Good Start
Session 4 - Witness at Work
Session 3 - Relationships at Work
Session 2 - Pressure to Conform
Session 1 - Work in the Bible
One of the best examples of integrity in Scripture comes from the life of Daniel. In Daniel chapter 6 we read that Darius the Mede has taken over the rule of Babylon after the sudden death of Belshazzar and he decides to reorganise the rule of the Babylon by appointing three administrators to oversee the kingdom. He places Daniel in one of these positions and over time becomes so impressed by him that he plans to make Daniel the ruler over the entire kingdom.
I have a confession to make.
Perhaps not a confession of the kind of titillating misdemeanour or behavioural idiosyncrasy that our glorious media may have led you to expect from public confessions... So don’t expect to see the pictures of me cavorting along an Italian beach naked as a tomato at the age of 3. And as for the letters that reveal that I had a girlfriend thirty years before I was married and that we once held hands, well, the girl in question won’t even admit she ever knew me, never mind sell the letters to The Sun... No, this confession may expose me to greater ignominy...