Proudly progressive since 1896

Who we are

The Student Christian Movement seeks to bring together students of all denominations and none, to explore the Christian faith in an open-minded and non-judgemental environment.

Founded in 1896, SCM Aotearoa has a proud history of progressive theology and active involvement with current affairs in the world, Church and student life. SCM Aotearoa connects local SCM units in tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand and also globally through the World Student Christian Federation.

What we do

Each local unit will organise itself in different ways, will be comprised of people from different backgrounds, and thus will effectively operate in different ways. However each unit is encouraged to engage in three main areas of Christian life:


Each unit is encouraged to pray together and learn about each other’s prayer traditions. Because SCM is a truly ecumenical movement this means that one week an SCM unit may be praying the rosary together, the next engaging in Christian prayer meditation and the next week praying unprepared, Spirit-moved prayer, in a more evangelical fashion.


SCM believes strongly in a thoughtful and rational faith where students are challenged to deeply explore issues which affect them and their community. This effectively means that we encourage free and frank discussion on range of issues within such areas as politics, theology, the environment and so on.


Our prayer and discussion will often culminate in justice-focussed action within our communities be that local, regional or international. Thus you find SCM’s raising money for causes, volunteering, protesting and generally being engaged in solving problems which they have identified around them.

Recent News

Opportunity for the Theology Students - Face to Face Programme - CWM - 13/03/2014

Dear all,

Warm greetings!

Here I am sharing with you a wonderful opportunity for the theology students to participate in the Face to Face Programme of Council for World Mission (CWM). Please encourage suitable persons to apply.

WSCF AP is invited to send participants for the said programme. The Programme Secretary- CWM, Mr. Sudipta Singh wrote:

“We are delighted to invite your valued partnership in the Face to Face Programme for 2014. As usual, the theology students from around the world are given the opportunity to participate in this Programme for a total of seven (7) to eight (8) weeks.

The applicants may choose to participate in one of the three Programme locations – Fiji, India or Zambia. They will be exposed to the context, hear and witness the narratives of the people, encounter diverse theologies, histories, societies, social realities and personal stories. They will be required to reflect both practically and in writing on their Face to Face journey.”

Please find enclosed the Face to Face Programme application form and description for the 2014. The documents are available on (website) www.cwmission.org through this link. The last day of receiving applications is on 2 May 2014.

With warm regards,

Sunita Suna

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