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.
One of the things I hear most frequently, when I talk to older people about their faith and its place at work, is the lament: “Oh I wish I’d spoken up for what I believed earlier!” or “I wish I’d done more for Christ earlier in my life.” You will never hear an older Christian reflect on their life and say “I wish I’d done less for Jesus.”
Anyway, now to Mordecai – one of the lesser known characters of the Old Testament, who appears in the book of Esther. Mordecai was not the sort of guy you’d instantly think of as hero material.
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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
How many Christians do you know who are workaholics? How many people do you speak to (myself included) who go on about how busy they are at work? How little time they have for anything else. How busy they are with their church activity. How tired they constantly seem to be these days. How stressed they are about this that or the other.
And how many of these people tell you these things with a slight air of pious martyrdom or even pride? How often do you actually accept the accusation of being a workaholic with that slight feeling of “good at least someone’s noticed all the hours I’m putting in.”
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...