About Scholastic Motivation Ministries

Scholastic Motivation Ministries intentionally empowers youth and young adults of our great church to excel academically, professionally and spiritually. With a strong national, jurisdiction and district presence, SMM is on the move for God.   Our mission is to equip and prepare youth to excel academically and develop professionally, to successfully and positively impact their faith, family and future.

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"What Success Looks Like"

Scholastic Motivation Ministries provides a wonderful platform to recognize & reward youth for their academic and personal achievements. 

Programs and Ministries

Below is a list of all of the ministries offered by the International Scholastic Motivation Ministry.  You can access the program that interest you from our Programs and Ministry page.   Feel free to choose any program of interest, if you have additional questions you can contact that ministry coordinator directly.

Network Opportunity & Social

To allow high school and college students to interact with accomplished professionals in many areas …

Ladies Workshop

Our objective is to heighten the level of spirituality and self-appreciation in COGIC young ladies …

Oratorical Competition

The Scholastic Motivations Oratorical Competition gives participants an opportunity to develop leadership skills

Robotics Ministry

Robotics is a multi-disciplinary tool that is being increasingly used worldwide in educational programs to motivate …

Spelling Bee

Our Spelling Bee is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 years of age who are in the 1st grade thru 12th grade

Smart Money Matters

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s COGIC Urban Initiative targets financial literacy


Students with a strong background in mathematics are encouraged to participate.

Political Education

To develop a controlled municipal government environment for true to life political exercises

Creative Writers Workshop

To help youth and young adults who aspire in writing careers discover their potential.

Leadership Training & Development

Opportunity for SMM Jurisdictional Coordinators to interact

C.O.G.I.C. Golf

To introduce COGIC youth to the basics of golf as a sport.

Achievers Hall of Fame

The Achievers Hall of Fame recognizes young people who exemplify the mission and vision of SMM

National Bible Bowl

The Bible Bowl is a competition between teams, over their knowledge a pre-determined section of the Bible.

Youth Talent Showcase

Interested in Singing, Dancing, Spoken Word, Reciting a Poem, maybe Liturgical Praise?

Computer Workshop

The purpose of our Computer Workshop is to acquaint our youth with current hardware, and software operation

Gentleman's Workshop

Our objective is to heighten the level of spirituality and self-appreciation in COGIC young men

Financial District

To provide a multi-day long exercise in a structured environment, allowing youth to engage in true to life financial transactions.

Personal & Professional Development Institute

The target group for this category is senior high school and college students.

Superintendent David Todd Whittley, National Director

SMM projects the ideas and positive influences of the doctrinal teaching and ministries of the Church of God in Christ, and encourages youth to reflect the impact their training has on their lives.

Scholastic Motivations 2020


Bible Bowl Books


Financial District

#Envision2020: Clearly Seeing Financial Success


“Lights! Camera! Action!”

Creative Writing

“COGIC History Makers Essay Contest”


“Exploring God through the lens of Technology”

Talent Showcase

“Young, Gifted and Talented”

Computer Workshop

“Creating Your Vision, Your Future”


“It’s All about the Numbers”

COGIC Ladies & Gentlemen

“Youth Vision Board Workshop”

Oratorical Topic

“How can the church address the vicious cycle of mental illness in the community”?