Over the past five years, SIM UK has seen how God has enabled us to fulfil our vision to work with churches to send and receive gospel workers who make disciples in communities where Christ is least known.
“In 2019, we began to start seeking God about what he’d have us do in the next five years – not realising the world was about to change as dramatically as it did in 2020!” says SIM UK’s Personnel Director Deborah Agnes.
“However, in many ways, Covid-19 has only emphasised the gospel needs of the billions who are living and dying without Christ around the world,” adds Deborah.
“The pandemic also opened our eyes to the opportunities – and limitations – of a world that’s digitally connected. We recognise we will only thrive if we understand what the next generation of gospel workers need in order to share the gospel in communities where Christ is least known.
“Over the past year, we’ve listened to our mission workers, staff, UK churches and partners,” adds Deborah. “We’ve had working groups looking at our service delivery and what we need to be aware of as we seek to send the next generation in mission.
“We all had to rethink so much, going through the trials of the pandemic, but we are hugely grateful to those who contributed ideas, returned surveys and were part of working groups.
“Whilst our vision is remaining the same, our Strategic Review is considering how we will respond to a changing world and stay well-placed to serve the Church in its mission to the nations. There’s a lot more detailed work still to be done, but devising our strategic plan has proved a timely exercise and we look forward to sharing what main areas we want to develop over the coming five years soon.”
SIM UK’s recent move to a new base in Cambridge has also proved timely given the logistical and financial challenges of this year and we pray our new base will enable us to better connect across the diversity of the evangelical church and meet the needs of mission in the 21st Century. Our new address is: 6 Trust Court, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9PW.
- For wisdom as SIM UK enters the next phase of finalising its Strategic Review.
- Give thanks and praise for the opportunities the new SIM UK base will hold to work with all our partners in the months and years to come.
- That SIM UK will continue to serve churches seeking to cross barriers with the gospel in places where Christ is least known and the Church least resourced.