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Student Volunteer Movement.

1. Began at the 1st internat. conf. of Christian coll. students at Mount Hermon (now part of Northfield), Massachusetts, 1886; 100 participants in the conf. indicated desire to become for. missionaries; the Student Volunteer Movement for For. Missions was formed December 1886 to expedite the movement.

2. Purposes: (a) to awaken and maintain among all Christian students of the US and Can. intelligent and active interest in for. missions; (b) to enroll a sufficient number of properly qualified student volunteers to meet the successive demands of the various missionary bds. of N. Am.; (c) to help all such intending missionaries to prepare for their lifework and to enlist their cooperation in developing the missionary life of home chs.; (d) to lay an equal burden of responsibility on all students who are to remain as ministers and lay workers at home, that they may actively promote the missionary enterprise by intelligent advocacy, gifts, and prayer.

3. The SVM led to formation of the Student Volunteer Missionary Union in Eng. 1892 and spread to the Continent and Asia.

4. The SVM joined the NCC 1953, and in 1959, with the United Student Christian Council (see Young People's Organizations, Christian, I 6) and the Interseminary Committee (see National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America) formed the Nat. Student Christian Fed., of which the SVM became the Commission on World Mission (see also Students, Spiritual Care of, A 5).

See also Student Christian Movement.

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