Support in Your Ministry (SIM)
Support in your Ministry (SIM) is the principal free scheme sponsored by the Diocese for the pastoral support of its clergy, readers, churchwardens and their partners. Established in 1990, it aims to support and encourage ministers in their vocation by helping and challenging them to use their gifts creatively and effectively.
SIM recruits volunteers, both lay and clerical, who are trained and selected by the Management Group to be Assistants.
Assistants meet with each of their Users several times a year, in complete confidence, to provide support, challenge, time for reflection and encouragement. The agenda for each meeting is established by the User. In practice, Users often stay with the same Assistant for several years, but they may request a change at any time.
SIM supports clergy, readers, accredited ministers and churchwardens; their partners are also welcome to become Users of the Scheme. Some Rabbis are Users, and SIM has a small number of Jewish Assistants.
For more information on how to become a Scheme User download the User Book by clicking on the image below.
For information on how to become a Scheme Assistant download the Assistant Book by clicking on the image below.
If you wish to become a User of the Scheme or wish to volunteer to be trained as one of our Assistants, please contact the SIM Co-ordinator, the Revd Clare Baynes, in complete confidence To Email Click Here