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    History Of SCM Nigeria

    The Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria is the local expression of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) in Nigeria. The WSCF is a Geneva-based non-governmental and non-profit making International student Christian Organization and has 104 affiliated Student Christian Movements in over eighty (80) countries of the world.

    BACKGROUND

    The SCM of Nigeria was founded in 1940 by Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, a one-time Eastern Nigeria Governor and Chief T.O Ejiwumi, a one-time secretary to the western Region. Both of them were introduced to the SCM while studying in Britain.

    The SCM is not a church but an international youth Outreach Ministry that works amongst students and youth in secondary and tertiary Institutions, building them into responsible citizens and morally disciplined individuals of indispensable relevance to the church and society. She is a member of Christian council of Nigeria (CCN) and incorporated with the Federal Ministry of Internal affairs.

    The SCM works hand in hand with churches in carrying out the Great Commission as given by our Lord Jesus Christ. SCM is not a church but a handmaid of the church.

    The name aptly describes the organization VIZ:

    STUDENT– draws her members from students in institutions of learning and most national contexts also means students of the Bible (Youth and Adult). It refers to a constituency of persons who are not self-sufficient in knowledge and wisdom, but seeking to be like the Master they have chosen to follow and serve. Students remain her primary focus and try to she strives to uphold their rights, address their welfare and enable them unto leadership roles for church and society.

    CHRISTIAN– SCM is neither an atheistic nor a social organization. It is not a Christian-related group but a Christian organization. It encourages the exploration of the Bible, sharing and celebration of the diversity of Christian traditions; facilitating spiritual growth and empowering students in their Christian journey. It seeks to build up a balanced Christian identity founded on scriptural/theological basis.

    MOVEMENT– It is Christ-centered in commitment, secular in outlook, ecumenical in nature and prophetic in life style. It informs the students of the realities of the political situations, seeks new possibilities in their area of education, constantly striving for the renewal of the church, eradication of social vices and crime in our campuses and society at large and moving with the hope of and vision for a world of peace and justice as was revealed in the life of Jesus Christ.

    SCM is a ministry that hold the Bible on one hand and the newspaper on the other. The Bible represents the word of God and newspaper the society. An SCMer uses the Bible to influence and shape the society for good. What distinguishes the SCM from other ministries is that, whereas other ministries are concerned about going to heaven, SCM as a ministry is concerned with going to heaven and living appropriately in the society. SCM is particularly interested in the implications of her members’ faith for their daily lives at home, work and in the society.

    The ecumenical nature of the Movement enables her to seek the unity of the churches so that the Great commission could be fulfilled. The unity we seek is the unity of all who call on the name of Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour , irrespective of their backgrounds or denominations. SCM does not encourage or support any compromise of Biblical ethics and standards.

    SCM has been a training ground for laymen actively engaged in the life of the churches.

    SCM ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    The SCM of Nigeria has its headquarters at Ibadan, Oyo state. To make the work of the Movement easier, the movement is organized at (4) levels – namely – National, sectoral, zonal and branch. These four are made up of student groups, senior friends and Township (known as Christian Movement Fellowships)

    MEMBERSHIP

    SCM has membership in over 600 secondary schools and 35 tertiary institutions across the country. She also has senior friends’ groups (members of the ministry who are no longer in formal educational institutions and other or adults who subscribe to the vision of the movement) as well as Christian Movement Fellowship in several cities across the country.

    OPERATIVE ARMS

    All affairs of the Movement are directed from the National Headquarters located at Ibadan, Oyo State. The work of the Areas, Sectors (State) and Branches are supervised from there by the General Secretary with the support of other staff persons.

    The aims and objectives of the Movement are realized through her operative departments which include Prayer, Outreach, Project, National Affairs, Women and Children Affairs and Literature and Publications with each headed by a National Coordinator, elected by the National Council of the Movement.

    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

    • To call members to faith in God the Father, Son and Holy spirit according to the scriptures and discipleship within the life and mission of the church.
    • To provide a medium through which members may continue to grow in faith.
    • To encourage members to be active witnesses for Christ and in particular to uphold the principle of the Christian home.
    • To stimulate active involvement of the members in the welfare of their locality.
    • To encourage mature Christian involvement in national issues.
    • To offer and assert the Christian position on critical national issues.
    • To help member to strive for peace and justice in and among nations.
    • To help members to work for the manifestation of the unity of the church.
    • To stimulate and undertake the production of Christian literature to meet primarily local needs.
    • To support organizations especially in educational Institutions whose aims and objectives agree with those of the fellowship and persons whom the fellowship deems fit to support.

    PROGRAMMES

    The SCM believes in reaching the total man spiritually, physically and emotionally (spirit, soul and body). To achieve this, we organize activities at all levels ranging from Bible Studies, Prayer Conferences, Talks, Seminars, Leadership Training, Work Camps, Outreaches, Entrepreneurship Workshop and Skill Acquisition Programme among others.

    Leadership Training Programmes are organized at all levels for elected officers, permanent staff and volunteer Traveling Secretaries.

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