SIM UK conference: Report and recorded talks

What you said about SIM UK’s 2022 conference…

‘It was so encouraging to be with like-minded mission-orientated people’

‘I enjoyed hearing the wonderful ways in which God is at work’

Our church is already doing some of the things mentioned in the sessions and we left with ideas for other things to incorporate

‘I was inspired to take mission more seriously’

More than 100 people gathered for a time of Bible study, worship and encouragement as SIM UK held its first conference since the pandemic.

ENGAGE worker Lawrence Jah
ENGAGE worker Lawrence Jah shares his testimony

SIM staff and workers, who are based in the UK, relished the opportunity to meet face-to-face with church partners and SIM supporters to learn more about what it means to be in ‘steadfast gospel partnership’.

SIM UK Director Steve Smith says: “Currently, 166 workers are sent by UK churches and each one is a story of partnership between churches, workers and SIM standing together in one Spirit for the spread of the gospel amongst all peoples.

“The conference was a wonderful way to further inspire people to engage with SIM’s vision to help churches cross barriers and reach communities with the good news – and to tell them that cross-cultural mission can be here in the UK, as well as overseas.”

With 2 in 5 people likely to go through their lives without ever hearing the gospel, the September conference, held at Histon Baptist Church in Cambridge, stressed the importance of being united in global mission.

The two-day event included encouraging presentations, inspirational workers’ testimonies about their cross-cultural ministries, joyful worship and faithful Bible teaching from Paul’s letter to the Philippian churches.

Interview with an SIM mission worker

There were small group sessions that looked at topics, including how SIM UK can help churches respond to the needs of the intercultural communities on their doorsteps and the importance of praying for places where Christ is still not yet known

Trustees, staff and workers re connect
Small group work at the SIM UK Conference 2022
Small group work at the SIM UK Conference 2022

Attendees also heard about the current challenge for SIM UK to continue its work to equip more people and churches to reach communities with the good news, while the country faces a cost of living crisis.

SIM UK Director Steve Smith

“Sending people to serve amongst diverse communities is not an easy thing for churches to do,” says Steve.

“It’s sacrificial and costly for each of these workers and their families – even more in these challenging times – but people’s financial support is vital if we want to offer what we do to even more churches.

“The conference was a great success and a time of celebration, Bible teaching and fellowship,” he adds.

“Now we can’t wait for 2023 and the chance to share ideas and the challenges and joys of being part of the mission work God has put before us all.”

Watch the videos

Please scroll down if you would like to hear some of the recorded talks from our conference.


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Video gallery

Click on the images below to hear talks from the conference. You can also find the full playlist on YouTube.

Philippians 1
SIM UK Director, Steve Smith talks on Philippians 1.
Philippians 3
Julian Hardyman, Senior Pastor at Eden Baptist Church Cambridge and SIM Member talks on Philippians 3.
A church that crosses intercultural barriers locally
Alan McKnight, Pastor of Harper Church, Glasgow, talks on crossing intercultural barriers locally.
Philippians 2
Julian Hardyman, Senior Pastor at Eden Baptist Church Cambridge and SIM Member talks on Philippians 2.
Philippians 4
Steve Smith, SIM UK Director, talks on Philippians 4.