In 1892 the Bible Training Institute( BTI) was established in Bothwell Street, Glasgow with the premise of equipping men and women for mission. Here is the original Vision Statement:
It is not intended to compete with the various theological halls where students are trained for the ministry, but for the practical instruction of Christian Workers both men and women, so as to qualify them for efficient service in the home or foreign field….especially in the knowledge and use of the word of God.
BTI as it became affectionately known, has had to reinvent itself on multiple occasions to survive and thrive, in the faithfulness of God.
From 1890 it was BTI, from 1990 it became Glasgow Bible College(GBC), in 1998 following a merger with Northumbria Bible College, the combined colleges were known as International Christian College(ICC), until 2015, when the Scottish School of Christian Mission( SSCM) started. Weathering 125 years of service by changing courses, names and locations indicates a resilience and willingness to stay relevant. Currently our key partners are the Nazarene Theological College(NTC), Manchester who administer our recruitment and through whom our courses are validated by Manchester University.
There is much to be thankful for and SSCM continues the legacy of BTI, in equipping for service in the 21st century. The future is bright.
Innovative approaches, with practise based, reflective learning, ensures that our courses have a relevance to contemporary life and culture. We aim to be nimble in responding to the needs of the Christian Community, and are open to developing further partnerships with service providers, do get in touch if you would like to chat through ideas and possibilities.