“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
A recurring theme in Ecclesiastes is the idea of a time to hold on and a time to let go.
“…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” (3:2)“…a time to break down, and a time to build up” (3:3)“…a time to keep, and a time to cast away” (3:6)
Each SYFC era had a standout feature that was no longer effective or relevant in the next. The 50s and 60s Saturday night rallies gave way to the 70s club meetings. Camps, a staple of ministry in the 70s and 80s, became less attractive in the 90s and beyond. Big evangelistic events that drew in thousands in a year are no longer feasible today.
As wisely observed in Ecclesiastes, some things are for a season only. Holding on to what worked before would likely have hampered us in the present. By God’s grace, our past and present leaders, being attuned to their times, have made necessary (sometimes painful) changes so we could continue reaching youth in Singapore and beyond.
This issue looks at how, during COVID-19 last year, we geared to our times to find fresh ways to engage young people with the gospel.