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Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) records, 1960 -- 1995

Summary Information

Abstract

The Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) was created in 1967 by a group of ministers and educators concerned over the lack of concerted continuing education programs for the nation's pastors. The collection contains reports, articles and books by SACEM memebers, correspondence, an oral history transcript, and other materials.

At a Glance

Bib ID 16108505 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry
Title Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) records, 1960 -- 1995
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 linear foot; 2 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one series arranged by material type.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM), including reports, articles and books by SACEM memebers, correspondence, an oral history transcript, and other materials.

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General collections

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This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

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Preferred Citation

Item description, Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) records, 1960-1995, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.

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Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

The finding aid was created by Daniel Sokolow in 1996, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) was created in 1967 by a group of ministers and educators concerned over the lack of concerted continuing education programs for the nation's pastors. Pilot programs had been created in the late 1940s, but they were limited to the few seminaries interested enough to put the time and money into the projects. A series of meetings and conventions between 1960 and 1967 demonstrated that there was a great demand for an organization to promote post-seminary study for ministers. A group meeting at a Chicago Consultation in 1965 took up the task, and by 1967 had established several committees to hammer out a plan of action. Over the intervening two years the group had gained the support of the National Council of Churches and ministers around the country, and at its Syracuse meeting organized SACEM. The organization included seminary staff, denominational executives, government and university members, and pastors, among others. The by-laws expressed SACEM's purposes, including advocating continuing education for ministers, providing a forum for continuing education, and to conduct and promote research in the field. Through its annual meetings, SACEM brought its members face to face with the challenges of the ministry. Over time, the organization grew large enough to sustain regional branches, and groups were created in four regions of North America.

SACEM produced numerous publications, including a newsletter, regional guides, and membership lists. In addition, it produced numerous reports on the state of continuing education, as well as bibliographies, resources, and guides for those interested in additional education. The organization averaged over 250 members, including many clergy and seminary staff. SACEM worked closely with the Association of Theological Schools, the Academy of Parish Clergy, and the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, among others. These diverse groups combined forces on programs, studies, and publications. Many of the issues of concern to SACEM were internal: what is the organization's purpose? Should annual meetings deal in advanced issues only, or include introductory approaches for new members? Other issues include the importance of the Doctor of Ministry degree for pastors, the value of designed programs of continuing education and bringing them to the attention of parishes and seminaries, and the value of home study. SACEM continued as a somewhat volunteer-led organization until 1986, when it was decided that the new Executive Secretary would become a full-time leadership position.

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Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) records, 1960 -- 1995

This series is open for research.

1 linear feet; 1 linear foot; 2 boxes

This series contains records of the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM), including reports, articles and books by SACEM memebers, correspondence, an oral history transcript, and other materials.

This series is arranged by material type.



Box 1 Folder 1 Continuing Theological Education, 1960


Box 1 Folder 2 Consultation on Continuing Education, 1964


Box 1 Folder 3 National Consultation on Continuing Education, 1965


Box 1 Folder 4 The Church and its Manpower Management, 1966


Box 1 Folder 5 Continuing Education and the Church's Ministry, 1967


Box 1 Folder 6 Continuing Education for Ministers, 1968


Box 1 Folder 7 Continuing Education for the Professions, 1970


Box 1 Folder 8 Stress in the Ministry, 1971


Box 1 Folder 9 Peer Groups and Professional Development, 1973


Box 1 Folder 10 Continuing Professional Education, 1974


Box 1 Folder 11 The Continuing Education of Parish Clergy, 1984



Box 2 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1994 -- 1995


Box 2 Folder 2 History: The SACEM Story, circa 1987


Box 2 Folder 3 Oral history transcript, circa 1987


Box 2 Folder 4 Mark Rouch: Continuing Education, circa 1970


Box 2 Folder 5 Mark Rouch: Continuing Education Presentation, circa 1970


Box 2 Folder 6 Mark Rouch: Continuing Education as a Subversive Activity, circa 1970


Box 2 Folder 7 Mark Rouch: Continuing Education for Ministers, 1968


Box 2 Folder 8 Mark Rouch: A Modest Proposal, 1972


Box 2 Folder 9 Mark Rouch: Motivation for Continuing Education, 1974


Box 2 Folder 10 Mark Rouch: The Residential Center, 1972


Box 2 Folder 11 Mark Rouch: A Review of Continuing Education, 1968


Box 2 Folder 12 Mark Rouch: A System Model, 1969


Box 2 Folder 13 Mark Rouch: Teaching Minister: An Emerging Role, circa 1970


Box 2 Folder 14 Mark Rouch: Growing Competence Cassette Pack, 1978


Box 2 Folder 15 The Continuing Quest, 1970


Box 2 Folder 16 Nexus Magazine, 1969


Box 2 Folder 17 United Presbyterian Church Blue Book, Part 3, 1969


Box 2 Folder 18 Papers from National Symposium, 1980