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andy-beales-53407-unsplashWe spend about one-third of our lives at work, yet 50 percent of Christians struggle to integrate their faith with their work and only six percent have shared their faith at work.*

Billy Graham said, “I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.”

Description
Daniel initiative is a movement that hopes to inspire young adults to live out their Christian faith at work and become godly influencers in the workplace. Together, we explore God’s purpose for significance in our vocations, what it means to stand firm for godly standards and how our work is part of a much bigger picture – God’s ultimate redemptive mission. It is spearheaded by the Young Adults Young Professionals (“YAYP”) ministry in Grace Assembly of God, Singapore.

Vision
Raising Up Daniels in Our Babylon – Raising Christians who integrate their faith and work to represent God’s reign in their workplaces, impacting others and culture.

Mission
To equip, connect and mobilise our church community to integrate their faith and work to represent God’s reign in their vocational spheres through the power of the gospel.

Biblical basis
The name “Daniel Initiative” was inspired by the counter-cultural life of Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they were sent to work in the pagan nation of Babylon.

Facing the Danger: We are all in Kingdom of Babylon (world) and in danger of conforming to it (Dan 1:1-5)

Following the Directive: We are called to represent the Kingdom of God by
a. Being Distinctive in our values, allegiance and lifestyle (Daniel 1:8-16; 3:12; 3:16-18)
b. Being Excellent in our work (1:17-20, 2:48-49)
c. Being Accountable to God and one another (1:11, 17, 19)

Fulfilling the Destiny: To impact leaders (kings) and culture (society) (2:46-47; 3:28-30)

Picture of logo and its explanation
– Fire – represents the zeal of God as we are purified through the fire of work (3:26)
– Four Persons – represents a community of believers with God in the centre (3:25)

*Statistics collected from several hundred Christians in Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York in 2004 (pg 248 of Every Great Endeavour by Timothy Keller)