Integrating Faith and Work: New Partnership with City Bible Forum

Posted: 14/09/15

The Ridley Marketplace Institute exists to help students, pastors and workers better integrate faith and everyday life. Ridley is pleased to announce a strategic partnership that will enhance this ministry and ensure its long term viability.

Andrew Laird, who has served with City Bible Forum (CBF) Melbourne for the past 18 months, will be seconded part-time to Ridley from 2016. Andrew spent 13 years in journalism having worked as a news reporter for radio station 2UE and as a newsreader for WSFM in Sydney. He has completed a Master of Divinity at Sydney Missionary and Bible College and is undertaking a research Master’s degree on ethics and the marketplace. Andrew’s role at Ridley will include teaching marketplace subjects and leading a cohort of students interested in marketplace ministry. He will also generate content for use in core subjects to help students relate their learning to the everyday work life of Christians.

Ridley Acting Principal, Dr Tim Foster says that “this arrangement will ensure that Ridley students continue to be equipped to support workers integrate their faith and work and to promote this value in the College. This partnership will enable CBF to impact future ministers while Ridley will gain more exposure to the marketplace.”

The Marketplace Institute has operated for three years. Former Dean, Ken Barnes finished at Ridley at the start of 2015, and Associate Kara Martin will conclude in December. Dr Foster says that “Ken and Kara have done an incredible job in transforming the culture of the College and training students. As we move into the next phase we need to ensure the sustainability of this ministry by harnessing the synergies that now exist between Ridley and CBF.”

Melbourne Director of the City Bible Forum Robert Martin anticipates that “this will be an important partnership which will enable God’s people to be better trained in their theological thinking and practice in the arena of work by a highly capable practitioner who inhabits the worlds of both college and city.”

Andrew Laird also sees great potential in this arrangement. “I’ve admired the concept of the Marketplace Institute since it began, in particular its aim to help shape future church leaders to minister to those in their congregations who are in the workplace. I’m really looking forward to being involved in this important part of Ridley in 2016.”

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