Re-envisioning SSCM… Equipping for mission
Significant birthdays and times of transition both tend to engender nostalgia, a backward look to the “good old days”, and conversations that start with, “Remember when…?”
Scottish School of Christian Mission has both a significant birthday this year and is living through a time of transition as long-serving staff go and new staff arrive (or return!)
The birthday has given us an excuse to root through our archives, and we have unearthed some very stern looking graduation photos from the turn of last century along with some amazing statistics about where our graduates went to serve.
Alongside that there are more recent – well, mid-eighties! – application forms with photos attached. Some now well-known Christian leaders from across Scotland looking fresh-faced and eager as they applied to BTI to study! Today you can get in touch far more quickly and easily through our online Enquire Now process.
It has been a good time for the Board and staff team to take time to re-articulate our vision for the college, and to recognise the rich heritage in our roots. As we spent time in the lovely surroundings of the Bield near Perth earlier this month, the team found themselves echoing the language of the vision statement of BTI – Biblical, practical training to equip men and women for mission, whether at home or in the workplace, in the community or further afield.
Collaboration is important to us, as is clearly demonstrated in the various partnerships in existence and being developed. We want to be innovative in our thinking and practice, keeping our own learning and the courses we deliver useful and relevant. Most importantly, we are inspired by our missional calling, bringing the transformative Kingdom of God into our lives, our churches and our communities.