SPCK Worldwide

From 2016 SPCK is changing the International Study Guide programme. The guides will be made available and commissioned through partnerships with publishers and theologians in different regions. 

In addition, SPCK is pursuing new partnerships to support the publication of theological reflection from and between different continents.

International Study Guides (ISG)

For many years, SPCK Worldwide has supported thousands of student ministers with free educational guides in simple English. The International Study Guides (ISG) programme provides future Christian leaders, who might otherwise not have been able to afford them, with theological textbooks specifically written to address the concerns of Christians in the Global South.

The Christian church has been transformed over the last two centuries. The centre of the church’s gravity has shifted from the northern to the southern hemisphere, with the majority of Christians now living in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.

SPCK publishes theological textbooks for this majority. These books are now mainly written by authors from these regions and printed in straightforward English, as readers usually do not have English as their first language.

Students in theological colleges around the world can choose up to 10 ISGs during their first year of study. These are made available to them without charge, as many students have limited financial resources.  Last year, SPCK distributed 12,136 books to 1,093 students in fourteen countries across Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Perhaps one of the best known recipients is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who received a set of the ISGs when he was a student during the 1960s in South Africa.

‘In my experience, developing countries often have a vibrant spirituality and real thirst for God, but Bibles and Christian books are in very short supply. If it wasn’t for the [books] provided to me, I would not have had the start to my ministry that I did.’

Watch our video below of students from Uganda explaining how useful the scheme has been to them.

SPCK Worldwide depends entirely on donations from individuals and trusts. To keep our guides accessible to the students who really need them, please donate to the programme!

From 2016 SPCK is changing the International Study Guide programme. The guides will be made available and commissioned through partnerships with publishers and theologians in different regions. 

In addition, SPCK is pursuing new partnerships to support the publication of theological reflection from and between different continents.