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新神脉动

2020年五月至七月  |  建立教会  接连世界  |  季刊

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纽带   院长的话

打造可续的领导模式

新加坡神学院创校以来,这一届是最不平凡的毕业班。因着2019新冠病毒全球疫情,身为社会的成员,我们每个人都有责任参与这持久的抗疫行动。

庆祝   第67届毕典礼

福音的仆人

致毕业生的信息。

庆祝   第67届毕典礼

我们的毕业生

介绍新神第67届毕业生。

庆祝   第67届毕典礼

对毕业生的祝福

老师对毕业生的祝福。

支持  有关与新神同工

使命持续运作计划?

许多组织与行业深受新冠状肺炎疫情的影响与干扰。面对多变难测的情况,为确保工作的流程顺利运作,个别行业也启动“业务持续运作计划”(business continuity plan,简称BCP)。这期间,不少关心新神的校友与支持伙伴问我,在这艰难的形势下,新神有BCP吗?

COVID-19   For church & society

Whose Sin?

A student recently asked me, “Prof., Is it because those in Wuhan Province ate bats, which the Law prohibits, that COVID-19 came on them, as a punishment?”

新冠病毒   教会与社会

在网络世界中维持敬虔

冠状病毒疫情持续延烧,许多学校、工作机构与社群组织,为了减低传染风险,纷纷将课程或聚会移至网络平台上进行;而大众为了减低接触机会,也更频繁地使用网络来满足他们…

见证

毕业生的心声

影响

过去一学年的新神事工

SELAH RETREATS

 
Selah worship and music symposium

2–3 August, 3–5 October 2019

 

In the past school year, the School of Church Music team has been repeatedly amazed at how God used their lives and programmes to build, encourage, come alongside, and bring hope to those in the surrounding nations.

 

With the theme of Renewing Worship: Purposing God’s Agenda, our worship and music symposium invited musicians, pastors, and church leaders to return to God’s kingdom purpose of a worshipful, discipling, and vibrant music ministry. SCM full-time and adjunct faculty members were speakers, and they were joined by guests like Dr. Ming Soohoo, Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, and Rev. Jason Co.

 

New Millennium Evangelical Church, Manila, Philippines hosted Sambawitan in August 2019 with 150 participants, while GKA Gloria in Surabaya, Indonesia impacted over 350 with Selah Surabaya in October 2019.

 

The nations continue to cry out for partnerships and collaborations of teaching and mutual encouragement, for every musician, servant-leader, and child of God alike.

 

MISSIONS EMPHASIS WEEK

 
Courageous Steps with Christ to the Nations

3–6 September 2019

 

We had a wonderful Missions Week with Dr. Rachel Rajagopal as our mission speaker. She spoke on “Courageous Steps with Christ to the Nations”, using Joshua 1:1–9 as the key text. Dr. Rachel is an alumna of SBC and a missionary who has served the Lord for almost 20 years. Her own experiences in the field as an Asian, and a woman, in the midst of a man’s world, in India, Middle East, Africa, currently in Honduras and en route to Mexico for the next several years, are testimonies of God’s faithfulness in her life. Her stories of God’s amazing provision, protection, peace and presence that sustained her for many years resonated with many in the SBC family.

 

The culmination of the Missions Week with the International Fair and International Night on Friday was both colourful and educational; experiential and introspective; enjoyable and heart-wrenching, as the theme of “Perseverance and Persecution” was carefully and cleverly captured, crafted and conveyed through song, dance, mime and skit. It was overall a wonderful opportunity to see God’s heartbeat through the eyes of the students from the different nations represented in our campus. The faculty presented the song “You Are My Hiding Place” to remind the community that in the midst of pain and suffering, our God shields us in his presence and gives us hope, joy and peace even in the midst of storms! Wonderful end to an amazing week! The Lord be praised!

 

Hymn Fest

 
Broken but Restored

 

21-22 September 2019

 

The SBC Canticorum, under the leadership of Dr. Joel Navarro, presented a two-night sold-out hymn festival on 21-22 Sep 2019 in the premises of SBC.   The event entitled Broken But Restored addressed issues of pain and restoration.

 

Many came with their brokenness and emptiness, fears and tears, longing to hear God’s voice and experience his presence found.  Thank God, for those who seek the Lord found him.

 

From the opening song of God’s gracious invitation to “Come to me,” choir and congregation entered a time of lament.  Many identified with the testimonies of brokenness and hopelessness, pain and desperation. We joined in the songs that acknowledged our human frailty as we live in a broken sinful world.  Yet amidst such darkness and pain, songs and Scriptures were woven together to also proclaim the Father, God of creation; the Son, the One familiar with grief, and the Spirit who invites us to live freely, lightly, and within “unforced rhythms of grace”.  The hymn festival culminated with everyone declaring in heart and voices, our hope in the Lord:

 

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus.

All the glory evermore to Him!

When the race is complete,

Still my lips shall repeat:

Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

 

HOMECOMING

 
This Is Home

 

30 September 2019

 

SBC is home indeed for SBC alumni, and what a treat it was for the 125 alumni and former faculty who came home for the annual Homecoming Day. The campus was bursting with excitement: a huge welcome banner, colourful balloons, the welcoming smiles of faculty and staff, shrieks of joy from long-lost friends, and the delicious breakfast spread prepared for our family members!

 

The celebration continued as everyone feasted on God’s presence in worship led by our SCM, SOC, and SOTC alumni, and on God’s word as spoken through Dr. Christopher Lee. And of course, an annual homecoming would never be complete without the smaller gatherings by schools for fellowship, updates, and prayer.

 

The homecoming ended with a sumptuous buffet spread, enjoyed with so much laughter, excited chatter, and quiet encouragement among the family members! This is home, truly!

 

SCM Seminar

 
Arts for a Better Future

 

5–9 January 2020
(first to be held in asia)

 

Believers of faith and conviction willingly proclaim the gospel to families and communities. This special seminar in January facilitated the training of over 35 national leaders, including School of Church Music students from both the Singapore and Bandung, Indonesia campuses. It explored the use of ethno-arts for effective gospel proclamation. Careful understanding and practice will cut across tensions regarding cultures, traditions, modernity, and heartfelt music or arts, to bring the clarity of the gospel of Christ to the nations.

 

SBC is thankful to the teachers, Dr. Robin Harris and Mr. Ian Collinge, for creating the first-ever Asian Arts for a Better Future course. We are also thankful to the co-facilitators, Mr. Christopher Troutman and Dr. Dora Hsiang-Ning Kung.

 

Pastoral Seminar Fellowship

 
Transforming Conflict into Opportunity

20 January 2020

 

About 60 participants from over 20 churches came for this enriching seminar to learn how to handle conflict in their respective situations. Dr. John Ng spoke with deep passion and, drawing from his years of experience as a mediator and executive coach, gave insightful principles on facing and dealing with conflict. The four key principles are: (1) Conflict is natural; (2) Conflict is neutral; (3) Absence of conflict is not a sign of emotional health; and (4) Most conflicts are irresolvable. He ended his presentation by showing us how to create the right climate for effective conflict management. The respondent, Dr. Calvin Chong, gave an equally passionate response. He argued for a place for experiential learning activities to create self and group awareness to demonstrate the effects of conflict on ministry and organizational life.

 

Spiritual Emphasis Week

 
Listening to God from a Quiet Heart

10–13 March 2020

 

From Tuesday to Thursday, Dr. Esther Law spoke on communing with God in silence, in nature, and through meditating on his word. The SBC community had a chance to practise one of these each day before a silent retreat on Friday. On Friday morning, the campus was transformed into an oasis of calm as even the most extroverted among us were compelled to stay silent. Some decided to take a stroll in the Botanic Gardens, while others hid from the heat in nearby cafés. It was a much-needed time of rest and reflection for all. The day concluded with sharing and prayer.

 

差传周与国际之夜

 
逼迫与忍耐

 

2019年9月的差传周,学院邀请到校友Dr Rachel Rajagopal为讲员,Rachel博士数年前回应上帝的呼召前往南美洲宣教,并成立了FLAME宣教机构。她根据自己宣教的心路历程鼓励我们,作为福音战士应有的态度,乃是勇于回应上帝的呼召,即便在困苦患难面前仍坚守到底。

 

9月6日是全院师生最期待的国际之夜。下午4时各国代表团身着民族服装预备各色美食,同时将自己的民族特色向到来的“食客”诉说。晚上7点30分则是以“逼迫与忍耐”为主题的晚会,透过各国代表精心预备的节目,看到基督工人在各国受逼迫的情形,令人动容,然而基督徒忍耐到底必然得胜的盼望,却更为触动人心。

 

返校日

 
回家的感觉真好

 

2019年9月30日,新加坡神学院因着2019年新神校友会而热闹非凡。一进大门,醒目的“欢迎回来”便映入眼帘,配合著粉红的气球和小旗帜,使整个气氛看起来温馨而欢快。而这也正切合了校友会的主题“回家的感觉真好!”

 

来自新加坡、马来西亚、印尼等国家约八十名校友,彼此的心灵在敬拜声中经历着合一,李振群博士的信息分享则以简洁的“家”为题,赋予了“家”牺牲、引导、饶恕等丰富的属灵意义。

 

用餐时间,校友们互相分享着各自的生活和侍奉。一位去年刚毕业的校友这样说道:这是第一次参加校友会,看到不管未来的路有多难多远,还有一批志同道合的人共同前行,因而备受鼓励。

 

愿神祝福新加坡神学院,成为一个属灵的家,带给校友们温暖和力量!

 

教牧讲座与交流

 
同性恋: 教牧领袖应如何面对及信仰反思

 

2019年10月5日,关启文博士受邀于我院举办一场有关同性恋的专题研讨会。探讨的议题有:同性恋是否先天?反对同性恋就是歧视?同性恋生活方式是否对社会有负面影响?

 

同性恋在现代社会不断地冲击着人们的价值观,其影响力之大,不仅威胁这代人,更威胁到后人能否持守圣经教导。这更挑战教牧领袖需要有深刻的思考及有策略的牧养。

 

关启文博士认为,教牧领袖必须坚守立场,清楚教导会众圣经对于同性恋的态度,并在任何压力下都不能妥协。让圣经价值观深植于每个基督徒及其后代的生命中,使教会能够站在一个正确对待同性恋的态度——爱人恶罪——之上。只有这样,基督徒才能有力量去分辨并面对这样的挑战,进而站立得稳。

 

静修日

 
聆听神

 

2020年3月13日上午八时的新加坡神学院,在悠扬舒缓的音乐声中,学生们于餐厅开始了一天“聆听神”为主题的静修日。暂别往日的交流和攀谈,于用餐中“聆听神”、于静默时“聆听神”、于班会内“聆听神”。静修日的目的在于引导学生在日常生活中,在生命的每一时刻都聆听神的声音。

 

上午的个人静修时间,多数的同学在新加坡植物园寻得各自的一方静土,默观天父的奇妙创造与慈爱怜悯。下午的班会静修时刻,一位同学如此分享:当我看到小鸟在地面上轻盈跳跃,树叶在阳光下随风舞动,内心便带着感动和谦卑,明白这是神在教导我们:这是天父世界。

 

一天的静修日,时间虽短暂,却帮助大家在安静中恢复生命的节奏,校准方向,砥砺前行!

 

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Financial Report 财务报告

General Fund 经常费

Income 收入
01/01/20–29/02/20 S$ 1,158,741.80
Expenditure 支出
01/01/20–29/02/20 S$ 797,501.43
Surplus 盈余 S$ 361,240.37
Accumulated Deficit 累计盈余
01/01/20–29/02/20
S$ 359,713.15

NOTE: Financial results for March 2020 is delayed due to COVID-19 situation.