Welcome to The Society for the Increase of the Ministry
Investing in future ordained leaders of The Episcopal Church
A message from the Executive Director
Welcome to SIM. Here you can learn more about our ministry of supporting and investing in Episcopal seminarians. SIM’s importance to the steady growth of the church in the 19th and 20th centuries continues in the 21st century. SIM has awarded more than $6 million in needs-based assistance to over 5,000 women and men. Typically over 20% of Episcopal seminarians are receiving SIM grants each year. Almost 30% of today’s diocesan bishops received a SIM grant. Most importantly now is SIM’s unique and crucial role for the future of The Episcopal Church (TEC). SIM is the only organization raising funds on a national basis for support available to all Episcopal seminarians, TEC’s future ordained leaders.
Funding theological education to attract quality candidates to the priesthood is critical to a promising future. Remaining true to our founding purpose to “find” gifted persons for the Episcopal ministry and “aid them in acquiring a thorough education,” SIM has expanded our ministry from our traditional needs-based scholarship program to awarding our first merit-based SIM/Mercer Challenge scholarship to a bishop-nominated, highly gifted individual, who will matriculate at General Theological Seminary in September 2014.
In recent years, our mission has become all the more important as the national, diocesan and parish levels of resources for theological education support have steadily diminished.
Our bold vision is that theological education is appropriately funded for investing in the church’s well-earned reputation of well-educated, well-formed and well-trained clergy.
Have a look around our website. Read, hear and see stories from seminarian recipients, former recipients (SIM alumni) and current donors. In 1857, eight visionary founders made SIM an important voice for the future of The Episcopal Church. Today, your voice and vision is needed for TEC’s future. They can be heard and seen by joining our family.
Thomas Moore III