Corona Virus: Concerns, Challenges and a Chance for Change

Webinar Corona Virus: Concerns, Challenges and a Chance for Change
April 1 2020
FREE

A BGST-Alumni Resource Team Event

The outbreak of COVID 19 has sent nations and institutions scrambling. Churches are no exception. The last 2 months have seen church leaders walking the tight rope between continuing worship services and ministries, and safeguarding the health of their members. Many logistical questions were addressed, e.g., how can we live stream our worship services? Yet, deeper missional, pastoral and theological questions have also emerged.

This BGST-ART Webinar aims to explore these issues by focusing on

(1) What this virus disruption has to teach us personally as Christians and the Church;

(2) How the Church should prepare herself after this disruption has worked itself out (e.g. economic impact, unemployment etc.); and

(3) what opportunities can such a disruption present for the renewal of the Church and her witness in the city?

LIVE STREAMING: To access the webinar, please go to bit.ly/bgstartwebinar

For inquiries about the webinar, please email inquiry@bgst.edu.sg

PANELLISTS: (
If you would like to surface questions or bring up aspects related to the topic, please email yap_foon_lyn@bgst.edu.sg or WhatsApp 9680 0329)

  1. Dr Wei-Leong Goh // Healthserve

Dr Wei-Leong Goh, a general practitioner, co-founded and chairs HealthServe, an NGO that reaches out to under-served foreign workers in Singapore. HealthServe and Wei-Leong were awarded the ‘Singaporean of the Year 2017.

He is a member of the global board of Operation Mobilisation International and serves as the chairman of OM MTI (Mercy Teams International). An elder of Katong Presbyterian, Wei-Leong is also in the Micah Singapore, and Christian Medical Dental Fellowship (Singapore) leadership teams. He serves as the South-East Asia Regional Secretary of the International Christian Medical Dental Association.

2.  
Ms Melissa Kwee // National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre

Melissa Kwee is the third CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Her career has involved her bridging the public, private, and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, programme designer, social innovator, and as a catalyst in the private sector. She has founded, run and served on the boards of several non-profit organisations and ground-up initiatives relating to youth, women, the arts, the prisons, community development, healthcare, and education. She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2008 and was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2018. Melissa was educated at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in Social Anthropology.

3. Ps Rick Toh // Yio Chu Kang Chapel

Ps Rick Toh was an avid IT educator for more than 10 years before the Lord called him to enter into pastoral ministry. He is currently the lead pastor of Yio Chu Kang Chapel and also the Acting CEO of Bless Community Services. He is happily married to Janice and has two sons.

4.  
Dr Lai Pak Wah // BGST Principal & Lecturer

Dr Lai is the Principal of BGST and Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology. His research interests include early Christian spirituality and theology, and comparative studies of western and Chinese medical traditions. Dr Lai is author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine.

MODERATOR: 

1.  Mr Ng Zhiwen // BGST Alumnus

 

Location: Biblical Graduate School of Theology , AMA Building (previously Golden Wheel Industrial Building) 50 Kallang Pudding Road #07-01 Singapore 349326
Lecturer : Lai Pak Wah

PRINCIPAL, LECTURER IN CHURCH HISTORY & HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

Dr Lai Pak Wah is lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology at BGST. A graduate from BGST (Grad Dip CS) & Regent College, Vancouver (MCS, ThM), Pak Wah completed his PhD at Durham University,where he specialised in Christianity in Late Antiquity (the history, theology and spirituality of the 2nd - 5th century church fathers, also known as Patristic Studies). Pak Wah has publicised articles and chapters on John Chrysostom’s preaching, soteriology and Trinitarian doctrine. He is also author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives of Chinese Medicine. Previously, Pak Wah was a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board. 


Lecturer : Melissa Kwee

Melissa Kwee is the third CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Her career has involved her bridging the public, private, and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, programme designer, social innovator, and as a catalyst in the private sector. She has founded, run and served on the boards of several non-profit organisations and ground-up initiatives relating to youth, women, the arts, the prisons, community development, healthcare, and education. She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2008 and was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2018. Melissa was educated at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in Social Anthropology.

Lecturer : Rick Toh

Ps Rick Toh was an avid IT educator for more than 10 years before the Lord called him to enter into pastoral ministry. He is currently the lead pastor of Yio Chu Kang Chapel and also the Acting CEO of Bless Community Services. He is happily married to Janice and has two sons.

Lecturer : Wei-Leong Goh

Dr Wei-Leong Goh, a general practitioner, co-founded and chairs HealthServe, an NGO that reaches out to under-served foreign workers in Singapore. HealthServe and Wei-Leong were awarded the ‘Singaporean of the Year 2017. He is a member of the global board of Operation Mobilisation International and serves as the chairman of OM MTI (Mercy Teams International). An elder of Katong Presbyterian, Wei-Leong is also in the Micah Singapore, and Christian Medical Dental Fellowship (Singapore) leadership teams. He serves as the South-East Asia Regional Secretary of the International Christian Medical Dental Association.

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