Standing Committees

Standing Committees allow VCFers to champion (stand for) or explore a particular aspect of Christian living, so as to address the specific needs of their times.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees allow VCFers to champion (stand for) or explore a particular aspect of Christian living, so as to address the specific needs of their times.

History of Our Standing Committees

The Standing Committees we know today are BEST, SEnT, TAG and IFG. While it may seem that these Standing Committee serve a functional role within VCF, to fully understand a standing comm’s purpose, we must consider their genesis and evolution. Standing Commss are not fixed structures within VCF. Of the 4 Standing comms, only IFG has a history of more than 6 years. The other two, BEST and SEnT were conceived in 2012 and 2013 respectively while LTP has just relaunched this year. To understand the thought process behind the creation of standing committees, consider the reports of the pioneering Chairs of BEST and SEnT: “The Bible Engagement Study Team (BEST) was started in 2012 when a group of students expressed their eagerness to commit to a long-term group focused on exploring the state of biblical literacy among fellow students. Through the sessions, the students had the opportunity to re-engage with biblical texts and to apply what they had learned from Inductive Bible Study sessions…” – AGM Report 2012/2013 “(the Social Engagement Table): ‘as a place or community where people come to network, discuss and plan with regards to Christian social engagement, and also readily leave to act’. This idea was expanded upon to imagine a space, rather than a committee, within VCF where Christian social engagement—discussion, the throwing out of ideas, thoughts—could be imagined and conceptualized. It was a space which was invitational, flexible, porous and open: where VCFers “come to the table”, learn from one another about what it means to engage, and how, and then leave to act/transform with their hearts and minds both conscientized and convicted.” –AGM Report 2013/2014 We see that standing committees were always formed with the larger body of CF in mind. Standing comms are formed when a group of students felt a need to champion or explore a particular aspect of Christian living. In a sense, standing committees seek to live beyond the boundaries of the status quo and encourage the rest of us to do the same through their activities and interactions. A common way to understand Standing comm’s functions in VCF is addressing blind-spots. Anyone who has learnt how to drive knows that checking you blind spot regularly is a key feature of safe and responsible driving. However, anyone who has been driving for a while knows that checking the blind spot is something drivers rarely do. As VCF continues to grow and move forward, we, like complacent drivers, may check our blind spots less often. Thus, it is the role of these standing committees to keep VCF in check. To steer conversation back to things that are easily neglected. When conversations revolve around a superficial applications of bible verses, BEST challenges us to go deep. Where we become desensitized to the foreign students sitting right besides us, IFG agitates our perceptions to consider these students as friends. While we are bombarded with a myriad of social issues that need to be tackled, SEnT pulls our motivations back to biblical foundations and spurs us on to social action. Reader, you may find that there are many blind spots that do not have standing committees to champion them. Indeed, it is the nature of our student-initiated ministry for us to recognize these blind spots and own the responsibility to adequately and responsibly address them. On a more practical note, if you or anyone you know feel strongly for the existing purposes of the standing comms or feel strongly about a blind spot that is neglected, please approach the standing comms themselves or reach out to the EXCO at vcfsecretary@gmail.com.