My Read of the Month:

Title:  Harvard Business Review on Green Business Strategy (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series)
Author: Harvard Business School Press
Published: 2007
Genre: Economics/Sustainable Development
Ratings: 3.8 out of 5 stars

This is a book that presents a compilation of dissertations on environmental sustainability as a business strategy for businesses that would eventually pays great dividends.

The writers of these research pieces attempts to provide proof with substantial case studies to change the general perception that being green is high cost for minimal good.

Figures of ROIs and many success stories are told which encourages and attempt to convince top executives that going green is no longer an option but a necessity in order to remain competitive with global climate change issues arising.

Incidentally, the book provides some clues to why the U.S. are apprehensive towards serious commitment to climate change when Copenhagen arrives. My guess is that the U.S. auto industry are lagging behind it’s other global competitors such as Japan in fuel efficiency technology.

In other words, auto-mobile makers such as Honda and Toyota are ready to dominate the global auto industry with their clean cars if climate change actions are committed and sanctioned.

This move would further bring US auto giant, General Motors to its knees which cannot happen since it has been bought with taxpayers’ money worth at USD30 billion during the financial bailout. Moreover, GM is a massive employer of more than 60,000 jobs to Americans.

Who should read it: For those who would like to learn about business opportunities in the emerging green economy.

Just some fond memories…

This was a testimonial slide show presented during my Hope ‘farewell’ dinner held last year.

Looking back at it sure brings back some fond memories 🙂

Don’t Let being in church Limit us in Being the Church

This period of ‘stepping back’ (as shared in my previous entry) has allowed me to have a much needed detached view of being in a church.

For sure, I’m convinced that being the Church is not merely about doing life within the four walls of the church;  it goes beyond that.

Servanthood leadership as modelled by Christ, ought to be displayed not only in church, but more importantly, in the marketplace where it is most needed.

Hence, there is a pressing need for us, the Church to exercise our spiritual authority towards establishing His kingdom in this world that we live in.

The Great Commission: our responsibility

In the Great Commission (c.f. Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus has given the Church the mandate to influence and transform our world with His love and truth.

However, it is commonly misinterpreted that this mandate rests squarely on the shoulders of churches (as an organisation) or those working full-time in churches.

Make no mistake that the mandate is the responsibility of every Christ-follower; His people- the Church, and not the church.

And it is also our responsibility for each one of us to discover our specific role to which we are called to contribute and play our part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

The example of Kenny Low

Mr. Kenny Low is a fine example. He is a Christian who’s currently the principal and CEO of City College.

But prior to his present position, Kenny grew up thinking of serving God as a full-time pastor or a missionary. But God had other plans for him.

Along the way, Kenny discovered his gifting was inclined towards education and street dancing. That led him to start O School as a means to train and befriend other street dancers.

Later on, he enrolled into a postgraduate programme  and armed himself with a Master of Education. With that, he went on to set up City College as a private school to offer early school-leavers a second chance with their ‘O’ levels studies.

As most of school-leavers are from lower-income families, Kenny developed a sustainable and innovate way to help them by using profits generated from his dance school in providing financial assistance to those students.

For his efforts, Kenny was awarded the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 for his creativity in solving social problems among the youth in Singapore.

However, I’m confident that it won’t be long (or maybe he has started) before Kenny will set up schools in the region to reach out other needy youths.

Establishing His kingdom

Learning from Kenny, let’s recognise that God can move against conventional or traditional methods.

God can use us beyond the four walls of the church to establish His kingdom wherever we go.

The challenge or the opportunity for us as Christ-followers is to be strong and courageous in standing firm on His truth while bringing thea love and presence of God from the church into the marketplace.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

Let us not being in church limit us in being the Church.

Being True Worshipers

“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem.

You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews.

But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth.

That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.

God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

John 4:21-24 (The Message)

A shift towards true Kingdom Living

A year has past since I had made my decision to transplant myself to another church.

It has been a humbling one-year period but yet spiritually enriching. 

But I would be lying if I said that it has been all plain sailing for me. Cos it hasn’t.

What I Have Missed

Two things I missed most and have had to come to terms with:

First was the close ties that I shared with people in Hope, especially my cell group/care group.

Second was the loss of ‘privileges’ that I had as a pastoral leader where I was in a position to disciple others towards loving God and fulfilling their God-given destinies as Christians.

Now at where I am, I have to re-establish ties with a new group of people from scratch and re-build the trust as well in earning the ‘privileges’ to disciple.

However, through this period of ’stepping back’, I’ve gained a paradigm shift in how the church is commonly perceived and about servant leadership.

True Kingdom Living

For instance, too often we quote “seek first His kingdom and righteousness” from Matthew 6:33 with the emphasis on prioritising church-related activities as “seeking His kingdom”. In my opinion, this is unbalanced and flawed.

The kingdom of God does not equate to the church. The kingdom of God encompasses not only the church but also beyond the four walls of the church. God is not only alive in the church but in our world that we live in.

As He dwells in us, the kingdom of God can only cover as much as we allow it; in our family or community, at our workplace or campus, and with our finances or health.

Though this shift towards kingdom living might seem to appear obvious or insignificant, but if so then it ought to drastically change the way we live our lives in representing Christ accurately.

Right Living for Right Fruits

To  further explain my point, let me share a brief testimony from  a local pastor.

He shared how he and his wife had struggled to decide whether she should resign from her job after they discovered she was pregnanted with their second child.

What made the decision a challenge was because the wife was a long-serving personal assistant to the senior pastor of their church. Hence, her role was considered important to the leader and the church.

But with faith rooted in kingdom-living, they were convicted of their intentions in desiring to fulfill their role as godly parents and believed that having more time with their children would be the right thing for them to do for the kingdom’s sake (and not the church’s sake).

Obviously, they had their senior pastor’s support and blessings, and today they have four happy children.

I can’t imagine how things would have turned out if they had adopted the unbalanced ”seek first His kingdom” approach in making their decision.

As another famous local preacher said, “The right believing will produce the right living.”

Question to ask ourselves: “Is our walk and faith based on kingdom-living or church-living?”

Let’s pray that we will be able to differiente one from the other.

Towards the BIG Day

A sneak peek into one of our wedding photo shoot outfits- our Manchester United jerseys. What can I say?? We’re die-hard fans =p

Can’t believe it!?? Counting down to 130 more days before I sacrifice lose my single-hood for good. Ha ha…