The year 2009 was a big year for the Center of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. It was renamed the School of Christian Vocation and Mission (SCVM). Founded in 1962 by the former president James I. McCord, the year 2012 marked the center’s fiftieth anniversary but also a major revision of its call to ministry, as indicated by its new name.
As its new name suggests, the ministry of the SCVM is aimed at helping individuals understand their Christian calling, or vocation, and actualize that calling in their ministry and daily life. In this way, the SCVM is focused upon not only engaging in rigorous theological reflection but also applying that theological reflection to a life of ministry. The hope is that this focus on both theological engagement and ministerial praxis might lead to the formation and renewal of pastors as well as the lifting up of congregations.
As the continuing education arm of the Seminary, the SCVM sponsors a variety of events such as retreats, lecture series, and courses for clergy and lay leaders, both on and off campus. The goal of these events is to provide a forum for Christian leaders to meet, share ideas, learn from one another, and grow.
Among the many programs the SCVM offers, a few of its long-standing programs include the Joe R. Engle Institute for Preaching, a weeklong conference for preachers in their first two-to-eight years of ministry; the Hispanic Leadership Program, a program geared toward developing Hispanic/Latino(a) lay leaders and clergy through various events and programs; and the Institute for Youth Ministry, an international center providing specialized training and leadership development in youth ministry, in addition to conducting research related to youth ministry and offering doctoral and master’s degree programs.
The programs and events offered by the SCVM are open to the public, and on-campus continuing education programs are often available to Princeton Theological Seminary students, faculty administrators, staff, and visiting scholars and their spouses free of charge on a space-available basis.
For further information on the School of Christian Vocation and Mission, visit their web site, and for a complete list of SCVM’s upcoming events, visit their courses and events page.