The Seminary Consultation
on Mission (SCOM)
Seminary Consultation on Mission, known by its acronym, SCOM,
is a creation of the Council of Deans of the eleven Episcopal
seminaries to encourage, cross-pollinate, and coordinate mission
interests of the schools. It is also a member of the Episcopal
Council on Global Mission.
the Consultation was established some twenty years ago, teaching
of mission and mission related topics in our seminaries was spotty
at best. In the ensuing years, major steps forward have been taken.
From the reports given at the annual meeting it is clear that,
in one way or another, all of our seminaries are now giving serious
attention to global mission. Three (Trinity, EDS, and Virginia)
have full-time faculty appointments in missiology, while the other
eight all have one or more faculty members with explicit assignments
in these areas. Programs are diverse, but include:
Classroom instruction in history, theology, and current shape
of world mission, and in world religions.
Preparation of M.Div. students to be mission educators in parishes.
Cross-cultural field experiences,
domestic and foreign, including the "Panama program."
Intern experiences in other cultural
settings as long as a year.
Education of international students
which enriches partner churches as well as the U.S. seminary.
Partnership and exchange relationships with Anglican seminaries
around the world, and in some cases with mission agencies.
Visits by missionaries and representatives of mission agencies.
Explicit preparation of some students for work as missionaries
in a different cultural context.
- Programs with a variety of
foci, such as youth ministry, church planting and congregational
development, rural and small church ministries, lay formation
and education in mission, ministries to particular language
groups (Hispanic, Asian, etc.)