Frequently Asked Questions
What is SIM?
As our “ethos” statement explains: SIM is a community of God's people who delight to worship him and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
More specifically, SIM is an international mission organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 40 countries. SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in Africa, Asia, and South America.
SIM members are "international" themselves, representing more than 30 nationalities—including nations that in the past only received missionaries. They also serve in a wide variety of career fields. The SIM family can use people of every ethnicity who have almost any skill imaginable!
What do the letters SIM stand for?
SIM was begun in 1893 as the Soudan Interior Mission. As other groups working outside of Africa merged with SIM, the decision was made to keep the acronym (SIM) as our official name, and we adopted the trade name Society for International Ministries. (This trade name is still used in some countries for legal reasons.) Since 2000, we have used the trade name “Serving In Mission,” but the official name of the organization remains simply SIM.
What has God accomplished through SIM in more than 100 years?
God’s main work is invisible, within human hearts. SIM has, however, been involved in:
What kinds of work do SIM missionaries do?
SIM is a general mission. We appreciate and work closely with specialized missions in Bible translation, radio outreach, community development, medicine, HIV and AIDS ministry, and aviation, but our distinctive is our church-focused vision. Many of our missionaries work as church planters in pioneer areas or in partnership with local churches in discipleship, evangelism, or theological education.
How are SIM's missionaries supported?
SIM is a faith mission. This means missionaries receive prayer and financial support from churches, friends, and others who believe in their ministry.
What does SIM believe?
Those who serve with SIM are committed to the essential truths of biblical Christianity. See our statement of faith.
Have I got what it takes to be a missionary?
Being a missionary requires physical and emotional stamina and a resilient character. See a list of questions we'll ask as you consider missionary service.
How do I apply to SIM?
Let's start by getting acquainted. See a step-by-step list of the process on our Application Process FAQ.
How does SIM relate to other organizations?
SIM relates to other organizations as described below:
Sponsorship by Other Organizations
All SIM policy and principles of relationship are detailed in the SIM International Manual which is available for review upon request.