Who We Are

SCO is a non-denominational faith-based organisation (FBO) operating in eight provinces across South Africa. It is one of the oldest student organisations in South Africa having been established in 1896 through the missionary efforts of Andrew Murray and John R Mott of the United States’ Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions.

Organisational Profile

The Students’ Christian Organisation is a registered Non-Profit Organisation in South Africa with the number, 022-910 NPO.

We are an affiliate movement of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), a registered charity and limited company in England and Wales. SCO is one of 24 movements within the English-and-Portuguese Speaking Africa (EPSA) region of the IFES.

  • SCO has branches in over 75 colleges and universities. These groups meet for fellowship, prayer, and biblical teaching. They are also active in reaching out to others on their campus. We encourage them to embark on projects to respond to the needs in the community around them.
  • SCO has complete freedom to operate groups in high schools around the country. There are several thousand such branches. With the huge problems in our education system, SCO is uniquely positioned to make a significant difference. Many of the educators have been through SCO at college. We also have programmes where teams of tertiary students are trained and go regularly to minister in specific high schools.
  • SCO places a strong emphasis on leadership training. This happens at events and conferences at a  local, provincial and national level. SCO has developed a range of training programmes, which are used by staff who are also involved in mentoring key leaders. Student leadership is strongly encouraged (even at a national level) which provides significant learning experiences.
  • SCO also organises mission projects to neighbouring African countries and encourages students to attend international student conferences, especially around Africa. We have a twinning link with Mozambique.
  • The STEM programme (Short Term Experience in Ministry) is an opportunity for students who have graduated to give one year of their lives full time for student ministry and to go through an intensive training programme, which teaches ministry skills and provides an indepth encounter with Scripture that equips them for life.
  • SCO has a large number of associates, who have been through the movement and are willing to invest themselves in an on-going way.

National Directors
  • 1966-1997 as Student Christian Movement (SCM)
    • Dr van Wyk, succeed by,
    • Br Masipa , succeed by,
    • Br Eddie Mahlutshana, succeed by,
    • Br Maxwell Malatji, succeed by,
    • Br Jacob Komako, succeed by,
    • Br Thandi Memani
  • 1997 – present as Students’ Christian Organisation (SCO)
    • Dr Rory Prest, succeed by,
    • Dr Andiswa Flatela, succeed by,
    • Mr Nkosinathi Sixabayi, succeed by,
    • Mr Barry Haschick, succeed by,
    • Mr Zuko Gabela, succeed by,
    • Mr Motseki Sosisbo (acting)

Find out more about us

Our History

SCO was founded in 1896. Read more about this amazing establishment.

  History of the Students’ Christian Organisation

Our Vision

Our vision and aims give detail into SCO’s dream and existence.

  SCO’s Vision & Aims

Our Leadership

Find out who serves in our various leadership roles.

  Current Leadership

What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith is a firm creed of what SCO stands for. Read it here.

  Statement of Faith


SCO is an affiliate member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). Find out more about this organisation here.