Whole Life Symposium

Date: 16 – 17 August 2018 (Thursday – Friday)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (Thu), 9.30am – 9.30pm (Fri)
Venue: Grace Assembly of God
355 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247960


Through insightful plenary sessions, authentic life stories and focused breakout sessions, this symposium will explore various relationships including marriage, friendships and the parent-child relationship. The first breakout session is tailored for young adults, adults and married couples, focusing on same-sex and opposite-sex friendships. The second is for parents, specifically on how to establish and restore relationships with their child(ren). Look forward to our speakers sharing candidly on their journey and life stories. Materials and meals included.


16 AUG (THU)
7.30 – 9.30PM

17 AUG (FRI)
9.30AM – 6.00PM

  • Keynote 1: Naked & Unashamed
    Pastors Ben & Dinah Lee
  • Keynote 2: Relational Discipleship
    Pastor Tan Soo Inn
  • Breakout Session 1
    (on same-sex friendships and establishing the parent-child relationship)
  • Breakout Session 2
    (on opposite-sex friendships and restoring the parent-child relationship)
  • Keynote 3: Panel Session – Mentoring and Spiritual Friendships
    Pastor George Butron, Pastors Ben and Dinah Lee, Jason Wong

Please note: Programme is subject to change.
Further details will be published closer to the Symposium.
We encourage you to refer back to this page from time to time.



Keynote 1: Naked & Unashamed
Speakers: Ps Ben & Dinah Lee

What does it mean to return to God’s original intent for human relationships in the Garden of Eden? Learn how Christians can allow God to sanctify our relationships, such that we can be “naked and unashamed” with another—having intimate and authentic relationships marked by healthy vulnerability and freedom, instead of unhealthy guardedness and shame.

In the first keynote session, you will learn:

  • What does it mean to be “naked and unashamed”?
  • What is intimacy and authenticity, and why is it important?
  • What are the benefits of having it and consequences of not having it?
  • What does it look like practically?

Keynote 2: Relational Discipleship
Speaker: Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn

As Christians, we all believe in the importance of discipleship. However, those of us who have been discipled or are discipling others find that it’s not always as simple as it sounds. What role does relationships have in the effectiveness of the discipleship process? And how can we go about doing relational discipleship, so that we can better carry out the Great Commandment?

In the second keynote session, you will learn:

  • How do we have authentic and intimate relationships?
  • What is relational discipleship?
  • Why is relational discipleship needed in churches today?
  • What are the challenges of relational discipleship?

Breakout 1a: Same-Sex Friendships
Speakers: Raphael Zhang, Kirk Tan & Adrianna Tan (Facilitator: Joanna Koh)

God has wired us for a need for healthy (non-romantic and non-sexual) same-sex relationships. However, we all need wisdom and skill to build godly same-sex relationships with others. How can women connect with other women in an authentic bond of sisterhood? How can men relate to other men in an intimate bond of brotherhood? And, in a hyper-sexual society, how can we build healthy and deep same-sex friendships with healthy boundaries?

In this breakout session, hear from our speakers’ personal experiences on:

  • How to have authentic and intimate same-sex friendships through the life stages?
  • Why is it important and how to nurture same-sex friendships when you’re married?
  • How to have close same-sex friendships in today’s culture?
  • How do I handle it if my best friend of the same sex gets married?

Breakout 1b: Establishing Relationships
Speakers: Cheryl Ng & Amos Ang (Facilitator: Ronald)

When our children are young, it’s an especially important time to lay strong foundations for building a loving and close parent-child bond with them. How can we as parents go about doing this? What are the key areas we have to watch out for and sow into? And what are some common mistakes we should avoid? Learn how to establish relationships with our (present or future) children in this session.

In this breakout session, hear from our speakers’ personal experiences on:

  • Their toughest challenges parents face in establishing relationships with their children
  • What’s their turning point that made them so intentional about establishing relationships?
  • How can parents be intentional in doing so?
  • What are some best practices and what is the role of your spouse?

Breakout 2a: Opposite-Sex Friendships
Speakers: Dr Danny Goh & Shelwyn Tay (Facilitator: Joanna Koh)

Can married persons have close friendships with people of the opposite sex? Is it vital or is it unwise? Learn practical handles on how we can navigate a strong marriage and healthy friendships with the opposite sex. For singles, what does the pursuit of opposite-sex friendships look like? Hear from singles themselves on what has worked for them in their lives and what hasn’t.

In this breakout session, hear from our speakers’ personal experiences on:

  • How to have authentic and intimate relationships in opposite-sex friendships—when you’re single or married?
  • Can a man and a woman be best friends before or after marriage?
  • What is wise? What are good boundaries to practise?
  • How do I handle it if my best friend of the opposite sex gets married?

Breakout 2b: Restoring Relationships
Speakers: Gillian Shen & TBC (Facilitator: Ronald Yow)

For parents whose relationships with their children isn’t doing too well, is all hope lost? Or is restoration still possible? What can children themselves do to mend an estranged or broken relationship with their parents? Learn how both parents and children can, in obedience to God, play their part in turning their hearts toward each other (Malachi 4:4-6).

In this breakout session, hear from our speakers’ personal experiences on:

  • Their toughest challenges parents and children face on restoring a broken relationship with each other?
  • What’s the turning point that caused them to want to restore their relationships?
  • Where can we find support? What’s the role of the church?
  • What is the role of the hurt party? When does trying to work on the relationship end?

Keynote 3: Panel – Mentoring & Spiritual Friendships
Speakers: George Butron, Jason Wong, Ps Ben & Dinah (Moderator: Joanna Koh)

Friendship and mentorship are two important kinds of relationships Christians can have with one another. What are the strengths and challenges of a mentor-mentee relationship? How can the mentor and mentee both have a fruitful and mutually-sharpening relationship? Hear also about what a spiritual friendship is and how vital it is for Christians. Learn how we can recover the Bible’s high view of friendship in a culture that over-values romantic relationships.

In this keynote panel session, you will learn from our speakers:

  • What convinced them to pursue spiritual friendships and mentoring relationships?
  • What were the most difficult situations they faced?
  • What were the unique joys of these discipleship relationships?
  • What does authenticity and intimacy look like in these discipleship relationships?

Heartfelt thanks to our venue sponsor: