NEGF Aims

AIMS OF EGF
Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things, Phil. 4:8.

Aim 1: Student Ministry
To help and support the ministry and growth of UESI.

Aim 2: Fellowship
To foster fellowship among Ex-EU members and other graduates of like-minded faith for spiritual growth.

Aim 3: Evangelism
To present the claims of Jesus Christ to friends and colleagues so that they may come to a personal experience with Jesus Christ, through new birth.

Aim 4: Testimony
To raise in the society a testimony to the truths of the historic Christian Faith, having the doctrinal basis of UESI, and present the message thereof as the solution for the problems of mankind and also to fulfill the calling to be salt and light in the world.

Aim 5: Missions
To present God’s missionary command and challenge and help graduates to discover and obey God’s will for them in evangelization at home and abroad.

Aim 6: Christian Home

To help the graduates to establish Christian homes.

Aim 7: Church
To help graduates to be active in their local churches.

Aim 8: Social Concern
To recognize the social action as a path of holistic ministry and encourage its members to get involved directly or indirectly with other organizations for the welfare of the humanity and environment.

Exposition on the Aims of EGF

Aim # 1 of EGF: Student Ministry

To help and support the ministry and growth of UESI.

EGF was formed as an auxiliary of the UESI. It may have many aims and variety of activities, but it has one primary aim – to help and support the ministry of UESI. In other words, EGF has to help UESI to fulfill its four aims. This has to be accomplished at local level and extended to the district, state, and national levels of UESI ministry.

Suggested activities of an EGF or an EGF member towards the fulfillment of the aims of UESI are as given below. Here we will see what an EGF/ EGF member can do at local level towards the fulfillment of all the four aims of UESI.

First Aim of UESI – Evangelism

The EGF member should be a role model to the students in evangelism – he/she must have personal experience in leading students or others to a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The graduate should be enthusiastic in dealing with the students (counseling, sharing of the Gospel, clearing one’s doubts about the Christian faith and related matters, praying for him/her and with him/her, etc.,) whom the EU students bring to him.

Graduates may visit the homes of non-believing students, leading Evangelistic Bible Studies if requested by the EU committee, helping and motivating the EU students to organize evangelistic meetings, camps, etc.

Second Aim of UESI – Fellowship

Being available to EU students for formal and informal fellowship, counselling, praying with them for their needs, helping in all possible ways to alleviate their problems to the extent that they may also get challenged to do the same ministry among their friends and colleagues when they become graduates.

The EGF member should be able to lead Bible studies and give devotional messages.

The home of each EGF member shall be an Open Home.

The graduate should try to be knowledgeable in the Scripture as well as in the current affairs as such a graduate would be able to impart better insights to the EU students and help them in their practical problems.

Help the students to arrange prayer meetings, prayer vigils where there would be enough time for Personal Sharing and Intercession, Special Get-togethers, Camps, LTCs (Leadership Training Camps), Annual Thanksgiving Meetings, and any other programmes which would foster fellowship and oneness among the EU students and facilitate them to attend the same with commitment.

Third Aim of UESI – Testimony

Graduates should learn doctrines in-depth and teach them to EU students, showing how doctrines relate to the solutions for the problems of humankind. They can help the EU members to arrange scientific lectures (Evolution – Creation Debates), apologetic seminars, and programmes, explaining the Christian viewpoint on contemporary issues. An EGF member should be a living demonstration as to how a Christian lives successfully in the secular world without losing one’s Christian testimony.

Fourth Aim of UESI – Missions

The Graduates must

  • be able to take Bible studies on missions and present Missionary biographies in EU meetings. Graduates may specialize on Missions survey.
  • encourage the EU members to plan Missions retreats, etc..
  • encourage EU members to read the magazines or prayer bulletins, to collect information from Mission fields and to pray for them regularly and to plan special times of intercession in EUs, ICEUs, Cell groups, etc..
  • Should encourage the students to be aware of the need to reach the unreached students of the nation and pray for them.
  • EGF may plan visits to Mission Fields with the EU students for a Field Exposure.
  • Graduates should encourage EU students to attend State/National Mission Conferences of UESI.

Aim # 2 of EGF: Fellowship

To foster fellowship among Ex-EU members and other graduates of likeminded faith for spiritual growth.

Christian fellowship is one wherein the members share their experiences, blessings, and knowledge of God. All this sharing should finally result in the edification of the members.

The fellowship is based on all the members having like-minded faith rooted in scriptural teaching. That means that, in EGF fellowship, all members agree on the basic doctrines subscribed to by UESI.

For all matters of belief and behavior, the Word of God should be the basis and our daily walk should reflect the doctrines we uphold. In the fellowship meetings, we should take time to study the Word of God and to pray, in addition to the love and friendship we exercise.

Fellowship primarily means oneness and not just intimacy. We need to accept and respect one another in spite of our differences in temperaments, opinions etc., just as Christ has accepted us as we are, Romans 15:17.

“Honour one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10.

Setbacks in fellowship

When the fellowship suffers setback (personality clash or inter-personal conflicts) either at local or district or regional or State level, the repercussions are many. For example,

A setback sends wrong signals to the world outside.

The morale of staff workers and other responsible members will be adversely affected.

Many active members may desert the fellowship, thus worsening the problem.

Therefore, problems in the fellowship must be looked into with utmost urgency and care by the immediate leadership. Ministry will be affected adversely if the relationship is not healthy. The issue should be sorted out locally as far as possible. If the local leadership fails, the members who are aggrieved should approach Regional/State leaders for help.

Suggested activities for the fulfillment of the aims:

Regular systematic Group Bible study (Topic-wise or Book-wise) and prayer.

Intercessory prayer for

Personal needs of the members of the local EGF & EU.

The needs of the members of other EGFs and EUs.

The needs of ministry – local, district, regional State, national and international.

Have Family Get-togethers in different homes on a rotation basis. Special programmes for children can be arranged. EU-EGF Get-together on a regular basis and the graduates will encourage students to plan such events. Bear with the students if they commit mistakes in their planning and organizing. EGF may plan excursion/picnic of EU/EGF members and families. Ladies’ Get-togethers may be planned on regular basis.

Aim # 3 of EGF: Evangelism

To present the claims of Jesus Christ to friends and colleagues so that they may come to a personal experience with Jesus Christ, through new birth.

It is not just introducing Christ, inviting somebody for Gospel meetings or praying for some of their needs but making them aware what Jesus has said about Himself as recorded in the Bible. The one who is evangelized by a graduate should clearly know the uniqueness of Jesus and of the salvation through Him.

Presenting claims of Christ: Christ claimed Himself to be the Saviour of the world, Lord of all, Son of God, the only way to God the Father, and also the great “I AM.” Also, the quality of our lives is quite important in making others convinced about the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Our colleagues and neighbors should be touched by our love and commitment to Jesus.

Personal experience with Jesus Christ through new birth: We do not stop with sharing the Gospel but earnestly desire for a change in their lives by their receiving Christ as their Saviour through a definite experience of new birth. This may be a long process. We should follow them up prayerfully, patiently, and sincerely.

Role of Graduates

Graduates must know the doctrinal basis of UESI and have a burden for personal testimony at their workplace, in their neighbourhood, family, church, etc..

The graduates must also be able to charge the students in their fellowship with the zeal of presenting the claims of Christ to their friends, bringing people into a personal experience with Jesus Christ through new birth, and training them in the way of personal evangelism.

Suggested activities for the fulfillment of the Aim

Befriending others by paying family visits to those who belong to other faiths.

Inviting them for a moderate dinner on occasions of birthdays, wedding anniversaries etc.

Involving sincerely in their struggles if any, or sharing their burden, etc..

Arranging pre-evangelistic Gospel meetings and evangelistic meetings.

Arranging meetings concerned with current issues and professional matters where Christian viewpoints could be presented.

Aim # 4 of EGF: Testimony

To raise in the society a testimony to the truths of the historic Christian Faith, having the doctrinal basis of UESI, and present the message thereof as the solution for the problems of mankind and also to fulfill the calling to be salt and light in the world.

This aim is about raising testimony to the truths of the historic Christian faith so that the society may know that the Christian faith has solutions to all the problems of mankind. Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free” John 8:32.

Truths of historic Christian faith: Christian faith has history. In the history of the Church, the church leaders met, prayed, discussed, and wrote down statements of faith in the context of the development of heresies; concerning the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, Trinity, Cross, Resurrection, Creation, etc.. The graduates are called to study this historic Christian faith and present the message as the solution to the problems of humanity. David Watson says, “It is essential to anchor our faith in objective historical events.” The strength of God’s message is that it is firmly rooted in the solid foundation on which everything rests.

Problems of mankind: Problems of mankind started when Adam, the crown of all creation, disobeyed God’s Law in the garden of Eden. Fear, insecurity, guilt, sickness, selfishness, wickedness, greed, hatred, violence, crime, rape, poverty are only a few to name them.

Presenting the message: The graduates should bring out truths from the Bible, by expounding doctrines in such a way that people could understand and find deliverance from their problems. The graduates should voice out their views on contemporary issues so that the society would be enlightened about the historic Christian faith and a better solution could be arrived at. We should present the message both by life and word. The message we proclaim must be backed by a life of love and purity.

Raising testimony: Graduates must enter into every strata of society to influence it for good. They should not do things because everyone does those things. The Christian value system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude towards money, ambitions, lifestyle, network of relationships, all of these are totally at variance with those of non-Christian world. Since this Christian culture is the life of the kingdom of God, our lives need to be holy under the divine rule. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:16.

Suggested activities for the fulfillment of the aim

Organize special meetings for the members of EGF to expound the aim and to train them in apologetics and doctrines. Arrange meetings on scientific topics, current issues, professional matters where Christian viewpoint could be presented. Graduates must voice out Christian views by writing in newspapers, magazines, etc..

Aim # 5 of EGF: Missions

To present God’s missionary command and challenge and help graduates to discover and obey God’s will for them in evangelization at home and abroad.

This aim seeks to enlighten graduates to discover God’s plan for their lives in the broader perspective of world evangelization. It thus means linking our lives with God’s greater plans and purposes. Just as the Lord Jesus was sent into the world to perform a definite mission, graduates are also given a similar responsibility in world evangelization.

Mission: It is a term used to denote organized efforts for the propagation of a religion in which personal agents are called missionaries. Missionaries are people sent on a mission. Mission is a specific task and objective that a person is sent to perform and accomplish.

Discovering God’s will: We believe that God is the guide for our lives. We must be willing to obey God and fulfill His will in our lives. The missionary call may come through the inner burden you have in your heart or through other believers. He will speak to you through meetings or Personal Bible Study. But His call should not contradict His Word.

Mission Information: In order to help graduates to discover His will, we must educate them about the missionary needs in India and other parts of the world. It can be passed on through missionary conferences, magazines, biographies, mission bulletins and visits to mission fields and personal interviews with missionaries.

Suggested Activities for the Fulfillment of the Aim:

Organize missionary prayer groups and get involved in promoting mission

Get information from various mission agencies

Take advantage of UESI programmes like SMTC, NMTC, and SVP and get exposure by attending any of these.

Keep a world map with you and pray for the unreached countries

Missionary visits to unreached States for better involvement in the ministry

Aim # 6 of EGF: Christian Home

To help the graduates to establish Christian homes.

The home is the nucleus around which the Church, Society, and State are built. A Christian home is not just a house full of Christians but a place where Christ is the Lord of every one in that home. Having a Christian Home is not an option but a mark of witness to the neighbourhood.

The following are the five characteristics of a Christian home:

God alone is the Builder and Prayer is the lifeline of a Christian home.

Unity between husband and wife is in the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. This truth needs to be exhibited and taught to the children in the family.

The members of the home not only study the Bible together but invite others to attend Bible studies.

Hospitality is a sign of Christian giving. It was in graduate homes that a sizable number of students have found salvation.

How to help in establishing Christian Homes?

By providing:

Pre-marital and Marriage Counseling for young graduates

Teachings on Christian Home

Teachings on bringing up children

Help to families with marital problems

Encouragement to families to have regular family prayers/altar

Encouragement to families to seek counseling help even when the issues seem to be simple.

Relevant teachings at the local EGF meetings

Suggestion of good Christian literature on Christian home

Invitation to couples to be at your home so they learn from your life

Encouragement to others to attend State and National level Programmes on Christian Home.

Aim # 7 of EGF: Church

To help graduates to be active in their local churches.

UESI is not a church but a movement in the service of the Church. UESI is interdenominational in character. Therefore, graduates are expected to be faithful church members as agents of change either as lay people or clergy to nourish and revive the Church. Service to the Church has to be done by holding on to the evangelical truth and striving for evangelical unity. The spiritual gifts and skills of graduates may be shared with the Church especially in youth evangelism, leadership training, witnessing, Christian home, counseling, and missions. At no point of time should a graduate allow anyone to convert an EU or EGF into a church as it is against the tenets of UESI.

Activities suggested

  1. Collect the names and addresses of the pastors in different churches from EU and EGF background.

Call for One-day Pastors’ conference with tea/lunch/dinner.

Provide them with up-to-date information about UESI.

Seek their personal involvement in EUs and EGFs wherever possible.

  1. Promotional visits to all churches by the graduates for prayer and possible co-operation.

Provide resource persons to the churches from the EGF members.

Ensure that EU or EGF members have good rapport and ministry involvement with the local churches.

Thus, UESI supports the churches and receives help from the churches.

Aim # 8 of EGF: Social Concern

To recognize the social action as a path of holistic ministry and encourage its members to get involved directly or indirectly with other organizations for the welfare of the humanity and environment.

Even from the beginning graduates were very keen in addressing the holistic needs of students and graduates. This was explicitly seen while meeting the socio-economic, geographic and cultural needs of students and young graduates during the course of bringing them to Christ and mentoring them to Christian maturity. The holistic approach is not a new idea for UESI but this we carried out more on individualistic and personal level. What we have been lacking was the united effort to address the common issues. This was discussed in various forums of graduates and some graduates had taken initiative to address socio-economic and natural and man-made disasters at state, regional and national levels.

Based on the suggestions of various EGFs and State EGFs, NEGF Council held in Bhopal in 2012 adopted SOCIAL CONCERN as the 8th Aim of NEGF. This aim is stated as follows:

EGF “to recognize the social action as a path of holistic ministry and encourage its members to get involved directly or indirectly with other organizations for the welfare of the humanity and environment

To operationalize the aim, NEGF WC formed a Social Concern Cell to coordinate the graduates involvement in various social works with an evangelical visions.

At Local EGF

Encourage to undertake Bible Studies on Holistic Ministry

Discuss on relevant common socio-political issues of the area and region

Participate in social activities conducted by like-minded organizations

Involve in the socio-economic needs of students community

Observe International days on Water, Environment etc. and conduct programme along with EGF meeting.

Involve with local churches in social issues

At State & National Level

Sensitization workshop (State conference, EU meetings, Special seminars in Colleges) through which graduates and students will understand various issues with biblical perspective

Develop and Include curriculum on biblical understanding of holistic development in different training programmes like DTC, LTC, GSTP

Develop a data bank of Christian resource persons for various social concerns issues

Develop or initiate few model  organisations or model projects

Plan and coordinate exposure or internship programme for students and graduates.

Develop a blog for social net working.

Develop Net working with likeminded organisation like EFFICOR, ESAF, etc. especially involving in relevant social and disaster issues.