VISION

Our vision is for people of all cultures to know God.

By faith we:

  • live and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • serve the churches.
  • mobilize, orient, empower and accompany workers in cross-cultural ministry.

MINISTRY

The SIM Switzerland office is dedicated to:

  • connecting with churches in the parts of Switzerland that speak French and German
  • sending Christians into cross-cultural ministries.
  • providing good administrative support and member care.
  • raising spiritual and financial support.
  • maintaining modern and relevant communication tools in German, French and, on occasion, Italian.
  • facilitating the sending of missionaries from Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy and Romania.

 

Communities where He is least known

Switzerland’s changing demographics

In the last 40 years, Switzerland has experienced changes on the religious scene. The group identified as “without any religion” has grown from less than one per cent to now 25 per cent of the population. Only the Roman Catholic Church currently has more adherents than it did four decades ago, with 37 per cent of the population identifying with this faith tradition. During this period, the Protestant Church lost many of its members and has been reduced to 24 per cent. About 5 per cent of the people in Switzerland are Muslims.

The number of evangelicals is growing but continues to remain at around 2 to 3 per cent. Recent studies have found that these evangelical churches reach only “institutionally-minded people,” and these churches make little impact on the population, particularly the younger generation. Faith is not accepted as relevant in modern Swiss society — a significant challenge for mission workers. Church leaders must imagine new and creative ways to connect with individuals and demonstrate the importance of the gospel. The same studies also revealed a lack of churches in rural and suburban zones, which shows the need for spiritual influence through the good news of the Savior.

PRAYERS

1.

Pray for good networking and partnership with churches.

2.

Pray for a vision for cross-cultural work, especially among the younger generation.

3.

Pray for creative ways to mobilize people for mission work.

4.

Pray for an increase in the number of missionaries.

5.

Pray for development of SIM Switzerland’s communication tools.

6.

Pray for the care and flourishing of our missionaries.

7.

Pray for God’s provision of financial support.

8.

Pray for wisdom in facilitating the sending of workers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy and Romania.

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Pray for guidance for the renewal of the personnel in the Swiss office, as 50 per cent of the team will retire in the next three years.

10.

Pray for fruitful collaboration with our partner organizations.

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