What is SIM?
Students in Mission is designed for United Methodist young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who have completed at least one year in an institution of higher education. It is an opportunity to serve as a missionary for the summer in authentic mission sites within South Carolina. It is a meaningful experience in intentional Christian living, faith in action and spiritual formation.
The program is sponsored by the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The mission sites are developed by local churches, districts, urban and rural ministries, community centers, and social services agencies.
Students in Mission proposes to expose young adults to the mission of the church; to encourage and develop vocational discernment of young adults; to assist the church in carrying out specialized ministries; to stimulate
the church in developing new ministries; to extend the missional outreach of the church; and through young adults, to make the church aware of needs in South Carolina.
Former Missioners say:
Students in Mission gave me a glimpse of how a community can function and through this a better understanding of what the Church can be.
One of the greatest intercultural, innercity, interdenominational and inter-racial experiences imaginable.
SIM is a summer of learning, coping, enjoying personalities, discovering mission, meeting the Church, grabbing, struggling, playing and understanding.
One major fulfillment I saw was that I got a chance to go into an area unfamiliar to me and learn their way of life and also let them see my kind of life.
A welcome opportunity to do exactly what I wanted with the added benefits of working within the guidance of an organized structure . . . My word for the summer is Amen!
The SIM community gave me enjoyment, friendship, togetherness, and concern for one another and a sense of unity. SIM gave me a chance to put into practice my concept of mission in an environment that was new to me. It gave me an opportunity to help meet people’s needs. . .