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Working Principles

The working principles were adopted by the International Council in 1992

We, at Scripture Union Singapore seek to exercise the ministries God has given us in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and in reliance on the Holy Spirit.  We therefore aim to follow biblical principles in all that we do to emphasize the vital importance of prayer. 
We approach our work in the following ways:



  1. We are committed to teaching basic Christian truths as an essential part of evangelism.
  2. We aim to express God's Good News to children, young people and families not only in words but also by building caring relations with them.
  3. We make every effort to communicate the Gospel in contemporary language and in ways appropriate to the context.
  4. We emphasize that faith should always lead to action and to growth in Christian character and service.
  5. We acknowledge that the Gospel has inescapable social dimensions.  Therefore it involves us in service to others, and a concern for social justice.  In view of our specific aims, we have a special responsibility for children and young people who are poor, deprived or exploited.
  6. We encourage children to follow Christ in ways that are appropriate to their age, culture, and background, taking into special account their home and family situation and the level of their maturity.
  7. We believe that the new birth is a profound supernatural experience, brought about by the Holy Spirit.  So we invite people to respond to what He is doing in their lives and guard against calling for superficial responses.
  8. We are committed to working in ways that reflect our beliefs in appropriate co-operation with organisations and institutions, such as schools, that welcome us.

In encouraging people to meet God through the Bible, we emphasize the significance of the Bible as a whole.

  1. We encourage people to read it so that they come to repentance, faith, obedience to God and worship.
  2. We prepare systematic programmes and material for children, young people and adults, appropriate to their age and situation.
  3. We are committed to Bible reading which is thoughtful, prayerful and regular, and which enables the reader to respond to the message of the whole Bible rather than to isolated passages.
  4. We are concerned to interpret the text in a way which enables people, in their contemporary situations, to hear for themselves the message of the Bible from its original context.


  1. We recognise our part in God's worldwide family and seek ways of working positively with a variety of churches.
  2. We encourage people who come to faith through our ministries, to take part in the life of a local church fellowship.


  1. We believe that all human beings are of equal worth in the sight of God and that all those who put their faith in Christ are one in Him.
  2. We are therefore committed to exercising our ministries without discrimination to race, colour, gender, language or social position.
  3. We recognise that Scripture Union worldwide is a family of national movements in which resources can be shared in a responsible way on a basis of trust.
  4. We express our Christian commitment in varied and creative ways since we are drawn from diverse backgrounds.


  1. We work with a relatively small number of staff who recruit, motivate, train, equip and support a larger number of volunteers, with whom they work in partnership.
  2. We believe that the Holy Spirit confers gifts of leadership on Christians of all nations without discrimination.  So we encourage national leadership of Scripture Union movements, while recognising the contributions of those from other countries.
  3. We, as staff and volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds, are united in our commitment to the aims, beliefs and working principles of Scripture Union Singapore (SU SG).
  4. We agree that, while we are involved in SU SG's activities, we will handle controversial issues, such as baptism, spiritual gifts and church order in ways that promote harmony.


  1. We aim to follow Biblical principles in all that we do.  This includes, for example, our administration, our publicity, and the way we care for our staff and volunteers.
  2. We seek to honour God in carrying out our ministries by combining prayerful reliance on Him with the use of the best available means, maintaining the highest standards possible.
  3. We believe in praying for financial support, be dependent on God, and in telling the Christian public of our needs, without distorting the truth or using undue pressure.