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
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.
Sad to say my life is more often than not a complete mess. I work stupid hours, often working over weekends and often neglecting my wife, my family and my friends. Perhaps more subtly, though my frenetic pace of life most often causes me to neglect my relationship with the Lord Jesus, in whom my whole identity resides. I have to admit that I have often spurned the advice of others as they urge restraint and balance in my life – after all, I argue, if I don’t get the work done who will?