Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Swift Current Bible Institute fonds, 1966-1977. 1.5 m

Accession 2011-019

Title and Physical Description

Swift Current Bible Institute fonds, 1966-1997. 1.28 m.

Administrative History

The Swift Current Bible Institute (SCBI) was founded in 1936 by N  Banmann with the support of leaders of the General Conference of Mennonites in Canada.  The Institute was located at 512 Cheadle Street, Swift Current where, over the years, three buildings were erected.  They provided administrative and classroom space, dormitories and a teacher’s residence.

The Institute offered training for Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, choir members and conductors, catechism classes and courses in Mennonite history and missions.  It operated in winter for about five and a half months, usually with three teachers and support staff.

After the closure of the Rosthern Bible School in 1961, interested students from the Rosthern area were encouraged to attend the Swift Current Bible Institute.  The Conference of Mennonites in Alberta decided, in 1966, to amalgamate its Bible School, the Menno Bible Institute in Didsbury, with the Swift Current Bible Institute.  Thereafter SCI was administered by a Board whose members were appointed by the Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan and the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta

Land was acquired and architectural drawings commissioned in 1980 for the development of a new campus on the eastern edge of Swift Current, adjacent to Highway 4 and the railway.  Construction of the new campus resulted in a temporary increase in student enrolments, but by the mid 1990s it dropped sharply.   As a result, the supporting conferences withdrew their support.  Efforts to reorganize the school as an independent but conference supported Marpeck School of Discipleship failed, and SCBI was closed in 1996.

Custodial History

The material accessioned as 2011-019 was put into temporary storage in Swift Current after the school ws closed.  Henry Goerzen, historian of Mennonite Church Alberta (Formerly the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta) picked up the records and stored them on his farm.  There he divided the fonds into two parts,  Material which Henry Goerzen thought related mainly to Saskatchewan was sent to the archives of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  The remaining material was donated to the archives of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta in 2011.

Scope and Content

The fonds only includes material related to the last decades of SCBI’s existence.  It includes school constitutions, by-laws, policy statements, board minutes, reports, correspondence, architectural drawings and plans for the new campus, financial and student records, documentation pertaining to the closing of the school, admissions applications, class lists and reports of intern assignments completed by students and staff.

Source of Supplied title

The title is based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Henry D. Goerzen

Access Restrictions

Access to student records may be restricted in accordance with Alberta privacy legislation and MHSA privacy policies.

Finding Aids

Related Material

Many of the school’s yearbooks are the the MHSA Library.  See also the Menno Bible Institute Collection in the MHSA archives.  Information on the Mennonite Bible Schools in Western Canada is available in Bruce L. Guenther, “Training for SErvice: The Bible School Movement in Western Canada.1908-1960,” Ph. D. Thesis, McGill University.  See also Bruce Guenther, “The Origin of the Bible School Movement in Western Canada: Towards an Ethnic Interpretation,” Historical Papers, 1993, Canadian Historical Society of Church History (n.p.: Canadian Historical Society of Church History).

Notes

Accession 2011-019

Box 1 – files 1-

1  1997 SCBI Files tranfered to MHSA archives

2   SCBI Constitution

3   SCBI 1966-1973 Board minuets correspondence and supporting documents

4   SCBI 1968 Board minutes and correspondence and supporting documents

5   SCBI 1979 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

6   SCBI 1980 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

7   SCBI  1981 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

8   SCBI   1982 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

9   SCBI 1983  Board minuets and  correspondence and supporting documents

10   SCBI  1985  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

11   SCBI  1984 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

Box  2

12   SCBI   1985  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

13   SCBI   1986  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

14   SCBI   1987  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

15   SCBI   1988  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

16   SCBI   1989  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

17   SCBI   1990  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

18   SCBI  1991   Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

19   SCBI  1992   Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

Box  3

20   SCBI   1993  Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

21   SCBI    1994 Board minuets and correspondence and supporting documents

22  SCBI           1995   Board  minuets and correspondence and supporting  documents

23   SCBI            1995     Board minuets and correspondence and supporting  documents

24  SCBI          1986   Joint delegate  conference correspondence and supporting documents

25   SCBI   1986  1987  1988   Conference of Mennonites of Sask and Alberta annual joint delegate meeting

26   SCBI    1987  Joint delegate conference correspondence and supporting documents

27   SCBI   1988   Joint delegate conference correspondence and supporting douments

28   SCBI      1989   Joint  delegate conference correspondence and supporting documents

29   SCBI   1990  Joint delegation conference  correspondence and supporting documents

30   SCBI    1991   Joint delegation conference correspondence and supporting docements

31   SCBI   1992   Joint delegation conference correspondence and supporting docements

32   SCBI   1993   Joint delegation conference correspondence and supporting docements

33   SCBI   1994 Joint delegation conference correspondence and  supporting douements

34   SCBI   1995   Joint delegation conference correspondence and supporting docements

35   SCBI   1996 jJoint delegation conference correspondence and supporting docements

Box  4

36   SCBI   1984  1985  Conference pastors and leaders

37   SCBI   1987  Conference of Mennonites of Alberta correspondence and supporting docements

38   SCBI   1987   1995   Conference of Mennonites of Sask  correspondence

39    SCBI   1989   Conference of Mennonites of Manitoba

40   SCBI   Policy manuals

41   SCBI   1987   Policy manuals

42  SCBI   1984  1993  Student Hand Books

43   SCBI   1994   1996  Community hand book

44   SCBI   Architects construction planning meetings

45   SCBI    Personal resume

46   SCBI   1978   Staff meetings

47   SCBI   1979   Staff meetings

48   SCBI   1980  staff  meetings

49    SCBI   1981  staff meetings

50   1986  1987   Staff meetings

51  1984  1988   Staff  files

52   SCBI   1995  1996   Staff lists

Box  5

53   SCBI   1994   1994   Student list

54   SCBI    1976-77   1981-83   1994-95   1995-1996  student lists

55   SCBI1981  1982 student workday lists

56   SCBI  Year Book

57   SCBI   Alumni Lista

58   SCBI    Music Holdings

59    SCBI   1991  task force Bible eduation of Mennonite youth  Man  Sask  Ab

60   SCBI   Seminer on wheels

61   SCBI 1995  Marpeck school of discipleship  proposal adn buisness plan

62   SCBI 1994   Marpeck proposal to board and by board of directors by Ray Friesen

63   SCBI  1995   Marpeck school of dicipleship  by laws

Box  6

64   SCBI   1985  Evaluation Committee

65   SCBI   1996   Closure

66   SCBI   1992   Organization for the future

67    SCBI   1995-1996   Board structure

68   SCBI   1995   Incorporation  and by laws

69   SCBI   1996   Appraisal and sale of SCBI

70   SCBI   1980-1988   Property   development

71   SCBI  1997   Finance

72   SCBI  1996   Sale

73   SCBI   1997  Property and titles

74   SCBI   1997   Managment Committee

75    SCBI   1946-1947  Applications

76     SCBI   1947-1948  Applications

77    SCBI    1948-1949   Applications

78    SCBI    1949-1950   Applications

79   SCBI    1950-1951   Applications

80    SCBI   1950-1952   Applications

81    SCBI    1952-1953    Applications

82    SCBI    1953-1954    Applications

83    SCBI    1954-1955   Applications

84    SCBI    1955-1956   Applications

85    SCBI    1956-1957   Applications

86    SCBI    1957-1958   Applications

87    SCBI    1946-1958   Class Lists

Box  7

88    SCBI    1975   Intern  Lists

89    SCBI    1976   Intern Lists

90    SCBI    1977   Intern lists

91    SCBI    1978   Intern Lists

92   SCBI    1979   Intern Lists

93    SCBI     1980   Intern Lists

94    SCBI    1981   Intern Lists

95    SCBI    1982   Intern Lists

96    SCBI     1983    Intern lists

97    SCBI    1984    Intern Lists