EXPLORING CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
Short-term assignments with SIM are typically longer than two months but less than a year and are designed with two primary purposes in mind. The first is to maximize the impact of current ministry going on in a given location, and the second is to provide the short-term missionary with an opportunity to experience what God is doing in and through SIM in that place. We don’t do “mission trips” because it’s popular; we provide opportunities for people to take steps toward a lifetime of being on mission with God, whether or not that means continuing in overseas ministry with SIM.
THE JOURNEY TO A SHORT-TERM ASSIGNMENT
When the formal application is complete, your Recruitment Coordinator will hand you off to the Selection Department and you can anticipate quick contact from a Selection Coordinator, who will walk the next leg of the journey with you. From this point onward you’ll be able to track your progress using the same login and password you set for your online application.
We are unable to approve an application until we have received some key pieces of information, namely, until all your references complete the short questionnaire we send them, and until we receive your completed medical history form. By the way, all the information gathered is handled confidentially and in compliance with the Authorization for Release of Information, which your Selection Coordinator will send when he or she connects with you.
Please keep these important dates in mind if you are planning to serve in the summer:
- January 15 – Deadline for completing application for a departure in May
- February 1 – Deadline for completing application for a departure in June or July
When you arrive in your country of service, SIM personnel will orient you to your new surroundings and ministry. While in the host culture you’ll work alongside people from numerous other sending countries, providing you with all of the joys and challenges of serving in an international community. Get ready to be stretched!
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 your to explore short-term missions?
Click the button below to explore opportunities to serve short 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.