What we do
and why we
COVID-19 has prompted us all to rethink a lot of what we do and how we do it. Despite this challenge and others throughout the past 100 or so years, SIM's mandate has not changed. Nor will it in the future.
There's been a lot of debate over the years about how we do missions. At SIM our how is integral, or holistic, mission. Integral mission or holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel. It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.
No, I'm not writing about a rock band from the '60's. I'm writing about people and communities who have not had the opportunity to hear about the Good News of Jesus Christ. That includes people in far off places and here in Canada; the diaspora and Canadians who no longer know the Christian narrative.
It's vitally important to clearly understand why we do what we do. At SIM, we are convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news. We believe He has called us to make Jesus known in all places and among all peoples.
And this leads me to my final point. We know the how, who and why, but it's worth restating what we do.
A few years ago, our sister entity in SIM USA publicly promoted 3 pillars of what they did. At the risk of being blamed for appropriation, I like their explanations, and these pillars are what I believe, moving forward, that SIM Canada can embrace.
These pillars are
- RESPOND TO NEED,
- PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL,
- EQUIP THE CHURCH.
This edition focuses on one of these 3 pillars of our work - RESPONDING TO NEED.
The next editions will focus on PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL and EQUIPPING THE CHURCH.