The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is a global federation of student Christian groups.
WSCF is ecumenical, welcoming people from all Christian traditions and encouraging dialogue between students of different traditions.
WSCF has members from Protestant, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions and from other faiths.
The local and national groups that make up the federation are largely known as Student Christian Movements (SCMs). In some cases the youth or student movement of a national church or other ecumenical organisation is a member of the WSCF. While university, polytechnic and other tertiary students make up the bulk of SCM membership, high school students are also involved in some movements.
Today WSCF has over one hundred affiliated national movements which span the six WSCF regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North America.
From the outset WSCF has been crucial in the formation of leaders for the ecumenical movement. The World Council of Churches owes much of its founding leadership to former members of the World Student Christian Federation.
WSCF was founded in 1895 by the North American evangelist and global ecumenist John R. Mott. Mott’s ecumenical vision and missionary zeal also contributed to the beginnings of the World Council of Churches.
Students who join an SCM are encouraged to study their Christian faith and their world with the same depth and passion they bring to their studies.
SCMs are renowned for their openness to searchers as well as believers and for a strong commitment to social justice.
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