INVESTING FOR THE LONG HAUL
Our long-term assignments last two or more years and build relationships that can make significant Kingdom impact. We believe the most effective ministries are those that build into communities over time, and that requires that we have people on the ground in a given location for the long haul. By becoming a part of individuals’ lives, we earn the privilege of sharing Jesus with them. It all begins with someone like you, someone who is ready to invest a lifetime in obedience to God.
THE JOURNEY TO A LONG-TERM ASSIGNMENT
Begin the application process by completing an online inquiry form. A member of the Recruitment team will contact you to hear your story and personally guide you through the application process. After completing the formal application, your Recruitment Coordinator will hand you off to a Selection Coordinator who will then walk with you through the screening process, discussing specific placement opportunities along the way. You will be able to track your progress online using the same logon and password created when you completed the formal application. Ready to begin? Get Started Now!
Once all your paperwork has been received and processed, and it seems you’re ready to move to the next phase, you will be invited to join us for SIM’s onsite evaluation event called SIMStart. During these four days you will: Learn more about SIM.Interview and interact with SIM staff.Participate in sessions focusing on life and ministry in a cross-cultural setting.Meet other likeminded people passionate about cross-cultural ministry.Interact one-on-one with one of our psychologists.Discuss placement options specifically selected for you.Identify your individualized training and equipping needs. By the end of SIMStart, both you and we will know whether or not we are the right fit for each other. If we are, then you’re ready to begin.
We value having a well-trained team, yet we recognize that everyone does not need the same level of training so we adapt our prefield requirements based on length and type of service. Before releasing people to go, we want them to be field-ready missionaries, emotionally healthy people ready to adapt to a new culture and able to use their skills and abilities in ministry. As a midterm missionary you will likely have books to read and may be asked to attend specific seminars related to your assignment. We believe that lifelong learning is essential to a missionary’s ability to thrive in ministry, so why not begin now?
For many new missionaries language school is required for effective communication in the new culture. Individual needs vary depending on location and anticipated ministry, and in some cases language school takes place where you will serve.
Arrival and Ministry
When you arrive in your much-anticipated place of service your new SIM colleagues will welcome you and orient you to your new surroundings. Your responsibilities will increase as you integrate into your host culture. We have been intentionally multicultural since 1893. Don’t be surprised that your team will likely consist of people from many cultures around the world. Along the way you can expect ongoing member care from your SIM field colleagues on your field of service and from the U.S. Office team. You will also have annual reviews and an end-of-term interview to prepare you for returning home.
RDM is the name we give to the process of building a support team for ministry with SIM. Even before you applied to SIM you probably already began this process by sharing your ministry dreams with friends and family. Once we have accepted each other and your placement is confirmed, we are able to open accounts for you and you are ready to begin raising support. We will train you and give you tools to effectively share your vision for ministry, as well as coaching along the way. We’ll do this by:
- Online Training – We have developed an interactive, eight-week online training course that includes a study on the biblical basis of raising support, cohort interaction, and SIM-specific principles and practices for this important ministry. You will be invited to join one of the courses, which run at set times each year.
- Onsite Workshops – In addition to the online course, you will also have opportunity to participate in focused training at SIMGo, SIM’s two-week orientation located in Charlotte, NC. More on that in a minute.
SIMGo is an onsite training event held four times a year at our campus in Charlotte, NC. Four times a year! That means you have a lot of flexibility in deciding when you attend SIMGo (though completing the online RDM course is a prerequisite!) During this time you and other new SIM missionaries learn about:
- Maintaining a vibrant walk with God.
- Computer security.
- Personal security.
- Personality and interpersonal communication.
- Serving as part of a multicultural team.
- (more about) RDM.
- SIM finances and medical benefits.
- Dealing with stress.
- Much, much more!
Before returning to your hometown, you’ll spend a couple days at the U.S. Office in Charlotte where we will provide a reentry interview, giving you the opportunity to share freely about your experience on the field. You’ll also to meet with people in various departments to your accounts, personnel needs, and to prepare for what comes next. Coming home can be more difficult than leaving home was, so we’ll talk about those dynamics and help you make the adjustment well. While on Home Assignment you’ll spend a few days at the U.S. Office in Charlotte where we will provide a reentry interview, giving you the opportunity to share freely about your experience. You’ll also meet with people in various departments to review your accounts, discuss possible personnel needs, and to prepare for what comes next.
As part of the reentry process you will be given a chance to meet with our medical staff to discuss your physical health over the last term and to receive information you may need for follow up.
Continuing in Mission
Concluding your midterm assignment doesn’t mean an end to your involvement in mission! Our prayer is that your experience will whet your appetite to continue your engagement in God’s mission, whether that means returning to serve overseas or becoming a financial partner or recruiting others to go and serve like you did. We’re here to assist you as you explore what God has for you to do. We want to help keep you connected God’s work around the world.
Is God leading you to explore long-term missions?
Click the button below to explore opportunities to serve long term with SIM. If you’re ready to get started, complete the form below, and a member of our team will contact you to learn more of your story and help you discern how God may be leading you.
Please note that SIM missionaries raise financial support. We trust God to provide and we will assist you in the support raising process! If this is a concern for you, our recruitment team will be happy to discuss this process with you further.