What is the greatest crisis of discipleship in the life of the Church today? Is it the crisis of spiritual consumerism, carnality, prayerlessness, leadership or all of the above? Rev Edmund Chan suggests that the greatest crisis is that we cannot see the crisis! We cannot define the very terms of discipleship Jesus has given us: "If any man come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.' (Luke 9:23).

If you are trying to understand why it doesn't work, learn the fundamental principles by which the lordship of Jesus and the dynamic Kingdom life of discipleship can be realised in your life and in your church. There's a truth, a fundamental call, a spiritual dynamic that will change your life and your church!
Conference Schedule
  • Day 1 - 5 September 2019
  • Day 2 - 6 September 2019
  • Day 3 - 7 September 2019
9:00 - 10:40AM FIVE FLAWS OF THE DISCIPLESHIP MOVEMENT - There Are Fault-Lines - Resulting In The Crisis
10:40 - 11:00AM Break
11:00 - 12:20PM THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP - “Don’t Lose the Plot!”
12:20 - 2:20PM Lunch
2:20 - 3:50PM WORKSHOPS
3:50 - 4:10PM Break
4:10 - 5:30PM DEMYSTIFYING DISCIPLESHIP - "Discipleship Doesn't Work" And Other Myths Exposed
9:00 - 10:40AM IT TAKES LEADERSHIP - You've Got To Change Wrong Mindset And Toxic Culture!
10:40 - 11:00AM Break
11:00 - 12:20PM TWO CRITICAL CONCERNS IN DISCIPLESHIP TODAY - Faith and Moral Development and TNG!
12:20 - 2:20PM Lunch
2:20 - 3:50PM WORKSHOPS
3:50 - 4:10PM Break
4:10 - 5:30PM DISCIPLESHIP DONE RIGHT - Four Essential Principles of Discipleship!
Workshop 1 - One Size Does NOT Fit All
Rev Barney Lau
Covenant Evagelical Free Church

Synopsis:Henry Ford once said about the cars he produced, “You can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.”

We live in a world obsessed with a one-size-fits-all approach to mass production — from McDonald’s to Kentucky Fried Chicken, iPhones to Androids, even malls all over the world look the same, feel the same and sell the same stuff! Standardisation certainly has its benefits for companies and works well with consumers. But this same one-size-fits-all mindset and cookie-cutter approach has crept into the Church too!

We live in a world fixated with the latest and greatest “how”, but not with the more fundamental “what” and the more strategic “why”. Models don’t create disciples of Christ; changed lives do! Discipleship is all about changed lives for Jesus Christ. When it comes to the business of changing lives, there is no one-size-fits-all model. Models are certainly good and have its place, but they have particular contexts and need certain conditions in order to be efficacious. Popular discipleship models that seemed effective in one context may not be in another. The key is to understand the purpose of discipleship and principles of disciplemaking before the processes and the programmes.

This workshop focuses on the “what” and the “why” of discipleship and disciplemaking. For out of these come the “how” and “where” of discipleship and disciplemaking in your particular church context.

Speaker's BioReverend Barney is a Pastor and Director of Ministries in Covenant Evangelical Free Church (Covenant EFC). Prior to a personal calling to serve full-time in Covenant EFC in 2008, Barney was the Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore Pte. Ltd. His secular career spans over 20 years in the IT industry in various capacities such as general management, sales, channels, business development, marketing, and technical support. Besides Microsoft, Pastor Barney has worked for multinational companies such as Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies and Hewlett Packard. He continues to be active in the secular marketplace serving as independent director on the boards of companies. In 2016, he graduated with a Masters in Christian Studies at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology. He is married to Jessie and they have three children, Isabelle, Russell and Allyson.
Workshop 2 - Discipling Towards Spiritual Maturity
Ps Sebastian Quek
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

Synopsis:In his book The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling, John Stott says:

“When I was travelling in the 1990s in the interests of the Langham Partnership International, I would often ask an audience how they would summarize the Christian scene in the world today. I would receive a variety of answers. But when invited to give my own answer to the question, I would sum it up in just three words, namely ‘growth without depth’.

“There is no doubt of the phenomenal growth of the church in many parts of the world. The statistics of church growth are amazing. ‘Explosion’ is not too dramatic a word to describe it. For example, the church in China has grown at least one hundred fold since the middle of the twentieth century. More Christian believers now worship God every Sunday in China than in all the churches of Western Europe put together.”

“At the same time we should not indulge in triumphalism, for it is often growth without depth.”

The goal of discipleship is spiritual maturity — maturity unto Christ-likeness (Gal 4:19). There is a crisis in the Church today, a crisis of extended spiritual infancy and immaturity. Spiritual immaturity will lead a believer not just away from being a true disciple of Christ, but something far worse, something more insidious namely, pseudo-discipleship, the appearance of being a true disciple. This workshop seeks to explore the goal of spiritual maturity, and the issue of spiritual apathy which is the genesis of spiritual immaturity.

Speaker's BioPastor Sebastian is an advocate and solicitor for more than 20 years. He accepted Christ in 1973 through Mr Sankaran from Campus Crusade for Christ. Married to Stephanie, he and his wife joined Covenant EFC in 2004 and was a Board Member from 2008 to March 2017. He was the chairman of the ACKCentre Fundraising Project and pioneering District Mentor of our third worship centre, Covenant East. A board member of Global Alliance, he is passionate about authentic discipleship and intentional disciplemaking especially in the context of mentoring, coaching, counselling, marriages and leading silent retreats and trips to Israel. As an affirmation of his pastoral work in the marketplace, Pastor Sebastian was installed as a lay pastor of Covenant EFC on 29 May 2016.
Workshop 3 - Nurturing A Healthy Discipleship Church Culture
Rev Tan Kay Kiong
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

Synopsis:“Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” This statement is attributed to the most influential management guru of our time, Peter Drucker. What drives a disciplemaking church is not primarily its programmes, but its culture. Culture is primarily personified by the leaders. If you cannot smell it from the leaders, then it cannot permeate the congregation. But culture does not happen overnight; it takes great intentionality and processes.

This workshop seeks to examine how we can nurture a healthy discipleship culture in a local church through its leaders and infrastructures. I want to showcase not just what Covenant EFC has done, but what our IDMC network of churches has done as well. Come join this workshop so you can begin a disciplemaking church movement that will last!

Speaker's BioReverend Tan Kay Kiong is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church since 2012. He is a Shepherd-Leader at heart who loves to see people discover their full potential in God. Pastor Kay Kiong was installed as a pastor at Covenant EFC upon graduation from Singapore Bible College in 1993. Shortly after, Pastor Kay Kiong went on to oversee the Family Life Ministry, where he developed his passion. He served as the first Chaplain of Focus on the Family Singapore from 2015 to 2017. He currently serves as the pastoral advisor for the Men’s Ministry Network in Singapore. Pastor Kay Kiong and his wife, Diana, enjoy leading mentoring groups within and outside Covenant EFC. They have two beautiful daughters, Hilda and Hazel.
Conference Speakers
Rev Edmund Chan
Leadership Mentor, Covenant EFC
Founder, Global Alliance of IDMC

Rev Edmund Chan is a seasoned disciplemaking pastor. The Leadership Mentor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Edmund is widely regarded as an insightful Bible expositor and a mentor of Christian leaders.
Ps Ann Chan
Associate Pastor, Covenant EFC
Director, Global Alliance of IDMC

Pastor Ann Chan ministers actively alongside her husband, Reverend Edmund Chan, the Leadership Mentor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church (EFC), championing the Intentional Disciplemaking Churches (IDMC) vision around the world.
Registration and Fees
Conference tickets are non-refundable. However, you may transfer the ticket to another person.
Please note that children aged 12 and below (including infants in arms) will not be permitted on conference premises during the conference.
Conference fee includes attendance at all plenary sessions and selected workshops and conference material.
Please note that tea breaks and lunches will NOT be provided.
Please contact us at info@idmc.org.sg if you have any questions about registration.
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  • S$290
  • per Pax, or S$260 per Pax for Group Bookings of 10 or more
  • 1st January 2019 – 15th August 2019
  • Price is inclusive of GST at prevailing GST standard-rate
  • Translation services are available on request, subject to availability. Additional fees may apply.
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