singapore / asia

Spiritual Climate

Religious freedom is enforced, and with the goal of harmony a top priority, a law was passed that prohibits any action or speech that threatens that harmony. Broken marriages, family violence, immortality, drug abuse, gambling addiction and depression are real challenges that the church is facing. Young people remain the most receptive to the Gospel and there is still an immense opportunity to minister to the less-reached peoples.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Too many worship the god of money, but Singaporeans who claim to be Christians rose from 13% in the year 2000 to 18% in 2010, so there is a lot of evangelism going on!
— Rick Griffith

Churches have the highest rate of sending short-term teams in the world. It's thrilling to see the nations come to Singapore (one in three are foreigners)! Singapore is a "hub with spokes" throughout Asia, so I've taken 47 teaching trips from there to a dozen nations.
— Rick Griffith

More about Singapore

A Couple Raw Facts

Magnet Illustration

The nation is a magnet for people from many unevangelized lands. Over 100 nations are represented in Singapore’s population of 1.25 million foreigners.

Green Illustration

Singapore is Asia’s cleanest and greenest city.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Singapore

Singapore is the base for several WorldVenture team members and their ministry to Asian pastors. Together with 35 other faculty members at Singapore Bible College, workers train 400 students from 22 countries and 20 denominations. The college reaches many nations in the "10/40 Window" by training their Christian leaders. Instruction is also provided for poor pastors in Northeast and Southwest Asia as well as Old and New Testament Survey courses.

Today &

Singapore Team Goals

WorldVenture workers are partnering with others from Singapore to give on-site pastoral training for leaders in 18 countries. At the present rate of expansion -- Asia is currently home to two-thirds of the world’s population -- hundreds of trainers will be needed in the coming years to meet demand for workers in the harvest.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



Things work: electricity, government, water, appliances, and people.
— Rick Griffith

You like food? Take your pick! There's Chinese, Indian, Malay, Italian, French, American, Mexican, Thai, Korean, Japanese... whatever you want!
— Rick Griffith


The Chinese are pragmatic, the Indians and Malays relational, and all are non-confrontational. Everyone has places to go and things to do, and Singapore is a workaholic's paradise (or hell). The people are so obedient that overt conflict hardly ever happens.
— Rick Griffith



It's been said that Singapore has four seasons: hot, wet, hot and wet, and wet and hot. Others say there are two seasons: indoors and outdoors.
— Rick Griffith



Singapore is fast-paced. To get a break, you have to leave the country! So many languages are spoken on this tiny island that it gets confusing.
— Rick Griffith

Authoritarian leaders produce a well-oiled machinery in society.
— Rick Griffith

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

singapore source:bbc - Google News
Disputed 'earlier Mona Lisa' goes on display in Singapore - BBC News

BBC News

Disputed 'earlier Mona Lisa' goes on display in Singapore
BBC News
A portrait of a younger Mona Lisa, which its owners claim was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci before his more famous version, has gone on display. The painting is being exhibited in public for the first time in Singapore. Its owners say expert tests and ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:14:13 AM

Singapore tops ranking of best place to do business - BBC News

BBC News

Singapore tops ranking of best place to do business
BBC News
Wealthy city-state Singapore has once again topped a ranking of the best places in the world to do business. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Singapore as number one out of 82 countries for its "efficient [and] open economy". The tiny Asian ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:55:52 PM

Singapore stock exchange down due to software glitch - BBC News

BBC News

Singapore stock exchange down due to software glitch
BBC News
Singapore's stock exchange (SGX) delayed trading on Wednesday for some three hours due to a software glitch. When the BBC contacted the exchange, it confirmed it would open for trade at 12:30 local time (04:30 GMT) instead of 09:00. The exchange said ...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 9:40:59 PM

Indian movies being made in Singapore - BBC News

BBC News

Indian movies being made in Singapore
BBC News
A young filmmaker in Singapore is trying to make his own Indian movie. Abbas Akbar even sold his house and set up a business to bankroll the project, called Chennai Singapore. The BBC's Ashleigh Nghiem went to meet him. Watch more reports on Asia ...

Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:16:56 PM

Rolls Royce in luxury 'capital' Singapore - BBC News

BBC News

Rolls Royce in luxury 'capital' Singapore
BBC News
Just over 4,000 Rolls Royce cars will be built this year. That will be a record number and Asia is a major market. The BBC's Sharanjit Leyl spoke to Rolls Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Torsten Muller-Otvos at a showroom in Singapore, a city he says ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 10:20:52 PM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Masters in Theology Student1Year4 YearsAsiaSingaporeObtain your ThM degree overseas at a recognized seminary in Singapore - Singapore Bible College. Accomplish the coursework required for seminary program.Must apply and be accepted at the seminary. The cost for schooling is approximately $2000. Transportation and housing are extra costs.1097
International Church Pastor5 YearsLifetimeAsiaSingaporeCrossroads International Church began in November 2006 as a multi-cultural, non-denominational ministry to English-speaking expatriates. About 42 believers from 10 nations now worship weekly. CIC gives 20% of offerings to missions. and has been served to this point by a non-paid missionary pastor. CIC is seeking a full-time pastor and can presently pay about US$48,000 annually. Equip members by preaching at least 35 times annually, discipling elders, strengthening evangelism and small groups. In May-June 2007 CIC registered officially and took in 23 members and three elders. CIC is healthy and many members serve in Christian ministry already. Also, the church already sends out and supports Singapore Bible College students and graduates to reach Mongolians, Vietnamese, and Thais. Now CIC needs a leader with the time and commitment to extend the outreach to reproduce other healthy churches.Male. Married. The pastor should have five years of pastoral experience and an MDiv. A doctorate is even better for credibility within this highly educated, professional-level community. He must attain the 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 standards. CIC prefers someone who has lived overseas for a few years to enable him to minister well within this congregation of Americans and Asians. He need not be an “empty-nester,” but children’s education in Singapore would require additional support of about US$10,000 annually. Basically, CIC needs a godly man with a heart for people to serve as the first full-time paid pastor. 1359
Professor of Counseling1 WeekLifetimeAsiaSingaporeTeaching masters-level counseling to Christian leaders from 20 countries at Singapore Bible College. Length of service is 1 weeks to a lifetime.Teaching, mentoring, running counseling practicumsPhD in Counseling or Psychology1722

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Missionary Team

Rick & Susan Griffith

Serving at Singapore Bible College

Jonathan Stone

Mentoring and discipling in national school settings throughout Southeast Asia

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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