These periods of overseas service offer a great chance to seek or confirm God’s guidance regarding future ministry, and test your call as you take on responsibilities in ministries such as discipleship, preaching, teaching and evangelism.
SIM’s Bible College Placement Programme provides a chance to explore opportunities for service in one of the many countries in which SIM is working.
It could be ideal for you if you . . .
- are seeking God’s guidance about your long-term involvement in world mission
- have a minimum of five weeks for a college placement
- want to learn first-hand what God is doing in another part of the world
- have gifts and skills to use in the context of a different culture
How can you get involved?
- Evangelism and church growth
- Translation and literacy
- Children's and youth work
- Development and relief
- Health and HIV/AIDS
- Business ministries/administration/leadership
- Technical services
- Media and arts
- Theological education
Alternatively, you may be able to use the time for language and cultural learning while you explore long-term options.
Where can you go?
You can serve in Africa, Asia or South America. For a complete list of the countries where we work, please go to the 'Where we work' section.
When can you apply?
Allow at least 5 months before your placement, but the sooner you contact SIM, the more likely it is that we can find a good match for your requirements.
Step 1: Talk to your church leaders and the college tutor responsible for placements.
Step 2: Enquire online by clicking on Enquire now , or contact the SIM-UK office by phone (01449 766464) or e-mail. Someone will contact you to discuss options, and make sure you understand enough about SIM to decide whether to proceed to application and interview.
Step 3: If your application is approved, we will work with you to finalise your placement and give you information about how to prepare for service (finances, orientation, etc.).
Step 4: Gather your support, both finances and prayer.
Step 5: Orientation. Learn about SIM, and the situation to which you will be going.
Participants in the Bible College Placement Programme are expected to raise their own support to cover the cost of the assignment. Getting your church involved right at the beginning is very important.
Expenses include travel, orientation, medical checks and vaccinations, accommodation and food, health insurance, administration and visas. The actual costs vary greatly, depending on the location and length of service.
You will be required to take part in an orientation course before beginning your assignment. This is to prepare you for your experience by teaching you more about SIM and the situation to which you will be going, and to highlight health considerations.