Africa Inland Mission | United States Mobilizing Region
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Serving with AIM – Next Steps

Welcome to a road less traveled.

Where many a Land Rover and sojourner have trod. Where men and women captivated by Christ’s love brave a journey that begins with a whisper: “Who will go for me?”

Chances are you’ve felt that whisper and are somewhere in the midst of giving your answer. There’s a lot to consider, and a lot to learn. Missionary work, whether short-term or full-term, is a less-traveled path for a reason. It’s challenging and humbling work. And even though you may be willing, it’s not always clear how to get there from here.

That’s where we can help. Our Candidate Team understands your perspective and your questions. Our goal in working with you is twofold: to help you determine if AIM as a sending agency may be a good fit, and if so, to help you find your place among a broad scope of ministry opportunities.

Over the years, we’ve guided many into rewarding and fruitful ministry among African peoples. Maybe this is God’s path for you as well.

When you’re ready, your next step is to complete the short Preliminary Application so we can get to know you better. If you have questions – about serving in general or specific opportunities – feel free to ask.

Thank you for the privilege of journeying with you.

– The AIM Candidate Team

Ready to go to the Preliminary Application?

There’s no rush. No expectations. And the Pre-Application does not make you obligated in any way. It simply gives us helpful information to better serve you, and guide you toward a more formal process with AIM.

Got a question about serving?

Cross-cultural ministry in Africa can be a complex and nuanced endeavor. But we’ve been at it for more than a century and have learned a few things along the way. From the very first “what if?” to the specifics of going, we’ve got answers for your questions.

Explore More.

Take the time you need to pray, seek God’s direction, or just wait until the timing is right. In the meanwhile, we invite you to stay connected to AIM and explore more about what it means to serve in missions. Sign up for a special email series designed for seekers like you.

Steps to the Field / Full Term

THESE 6 STEPS IN THE PROCESS TYPICALLY TAKE BETWEEN 12-18 MONTHS

1. APPLY

You can start our two-phase online application process here on the website. References are sent out and a background check is completed. Your application will be reviewed by staff and one of our Mobilizers will contact you.

2. GET TO KNOW YOU

After your interview has been completed, AIM will invite you to an Appointment Weekend at our headquarters to further evaluate if AIM is a good fit for you. These weekends are in March, June, August, or November. Within a week of completing this assessment, staff will notify you of your appointment status.

3. PLACEMENT

In this part of the process, you will partner with AIM to determine and confirm your ministry assignment and location. You will have a ministry budget goal created for you (for support-raising purposes) and you will also be assigned some required reading.

4. ORIENTATION

Home-Based Orientation (HBO) is a week-long training event held at the home office in June and October. Session topics include: Partnership Development, Cross-Cultural Living, African Perspective, etc. These are designed to help prepare you for future ministry

5. COACHING

As you build your prayer and financial support team, AIM will provide you with all the materials and coaching you’ll need. You will be guided by AIM staff through an online checklist as well as any other requirements you’ll need to meet before going to the field.

6. DEPARTURE

Checkout is the final event you will attend at the home office. This includes a few sessions as well as reviewing and signing paperwork related to your visas, medical insurance, etc. Once completed, you will depart for the field to attend Africa-Based Orientation (ABO).

Steps to the Field / Short Term

THESE 6 STEPS IN THE PROCESS TYPICALLY TAKE BETWEEN 3-6 MONTHS

1. APPLY

You can start our two-phase online application process here on the website. Once you submit the first stage, your application will be reviewed by staff and a Mobilizer will contact you.

2. GET TO KNOW YOU

After your interview has been completed, AIM will further evaluate if AIM is a good fit for you. Your references will be contacted, and a background check completed. Upon review and final approval by staff, you will be notified of your acceptance as an AIM short-term missionary.

3. PLACEMENT

In this part of the process, you will partner with AIM to determine and confirm your ministry assignment and location. You will be given a ministry budget goal (for support-raising), an online checklist, an online personalized donation link, orientation information and schedule.

4. ORIENTATION

Serving 1-5 months: orientation is conducted via required reading, videos and online sessions. Serving 6 -12 months: you will attend a weekend event at AIM’s Headquarters for evaluation and assessment with the option to return for an optional Home-Based Orientation event (also available online).

5. COACHING

As you build your prayer and financial support team, AIM will provide you with all the materials and coaching you’ll need. You will be guided by AIM staff through an online checklist as well as any other requirements you’ll need to meet before going to the field.

6. DEPARTURE

Once you are financially cleared (required prior to booking tickets), our Travel department will connect with you and purchase your airline tickets. You will depart for Africa from the airport nearest to your hometown and AIM personnel will receive you once you land.