Our heart and passion is to proclaim the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken around the world so we serve as a multi-denominational organization that mobilizes individuals and groups for short-term mission trips to international locations.
Founded by Scott and Cara Boss in 1997, Real Impact Missions (RIM) specializes in strategic partnerships, intentional evangelism, exemplary leadership, and ministry that matters. Our trips incorporate Gospel presentations, community development, construction projects, educational initiatives, medical clinics and disaster response teams as ways to tangibly meet the needs presented by our ministry partners. In so doing, we have become both a staging ground to launch global missions and a refinery for God to strengthen His people.
Our Core Values
What sets us apart from similar short term missions organizations:
- Strategic Partnerships
RIM’s long-standing relationships with national pastors who are actively engaged in their communities sets the foundation for our outreach efforts. We don’t ask them to create ministry for us, we join in to further what they are already doing!
- Intentional Evangelism
Every person who serves with RIM shares their faith daily. We provide training, coaching and opportunities for you to personally connect with nationals and tell them about Jesus. Then we connect them with local churches for discipleship.
- Exemplary Leadership
RIM travels with you from the airport to your ministry destination and back, and our staff actively engage your group all along the way. Project Directors and Team Leaders model ministry for your team, offering training and coaching and expecting God to use them mightily. Each of our staff have history and accountability with RIM, they are trained and vetted and will serve your team with excellence. (See also Trip Leadership Structure.)
- Ministry that Matters
Every time you serve with RIM, your ministry will meet tangible needs and will change people’s eternities. We do our homework to ensure the best strategies for evangelism and the most relevant ministry tools are used in each location. We study culture and we ask questions of our local contacts. We don’t presume to know what is needed, and we don’t invent “filler” ministry. We actually build relationships and do research to make sure that our teams are effective ministers of the Gospel on every single trip.
- Cultural Adventures
We believe that team building and cultural immersion are vital parts of any missions experience. If you fail to build deep relationships with your teammates or to experience the unique sights, smells and customs of the places you visit, then we think you miss out! We build our trips to include riding elephants in Thailand, hiking volcanoes in Guatemala and eating deep dish pizza in Chicago, and we never add any extra fees. All of our adventure activities are incorporated into the original price of your trip.
As a multi-denominational organization, passionate about the proclamation of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus to the whole world, we believe in…
- The Bible as the only infallible, inspired, authoritative Word of God.
- One God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, and His personal return in power and glory.
- The Holy Spirit who leads and equips us to fulfill the will of the Father in our lives as recorded in Acts 1:8.
- The resurrection of the saved and the lost – the saved to the resurrection of life, the lost to eternal death.
- The spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
- The biblical and historical church’s definition of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-24)
RIM takes carefully calculated measures to keep our participants safe:
- US State Department
We collaborate to monitor safety in every trip location on a regular basis, daily while teams are deployed. We switch the project locale if the physical or political conditions make travel to a certain region inadvisable either before or during a trip.
RIM staff routinely travel to trip destinations in advance of teams to ensure proper project setup and to maintain relationships with host country contacts. Additionally, our ministry partners live in our destinations year-round and advise us of any changes that will affect health and safety.
- Extensive Leadership Structure
Every country has 3 tiers of thoroughly screened, well-trained leaders who remain in ongoing leadership development and accountability relationships with RIM. All leaders are subject to routine background checks, and our top level leaders, Project Directors, must undergo FBI screening.
- Never Alone
We ensure that an adult leader accompanies team members whenever any of them leave our lodging complex.
- Behavioral Standards
All participants agree to follow the rules we set forth before the trip and during training. Any violation of RIM safety standards will result in early departure from the mission field.
Everything rises and falls on leadership so we want you to know who leads our organization and who leads our trips:
- RIM Founders
Scott & Cara Boss have a long history of involvement with both missions and the local church. Their incredible leadership sets the vision and pace for all that RIM does!
- RIM Staff
Our full-time employees work at RIM Headquarters in Gainesville, Georgia and are available to serve you Monday to Thursday. You’ll also see them recruiting new participants at conferences and also facilitating training events and parent meets for our teams.
- RIM’s Board of Directors
Serving churches and ministries all across the US, these men bring incredible wisdom and insight to our ministry!
- Project Directors, Team Leaders, and Mission Advisors
Both full-time RIM staff and volunteer staff serve our teams throughout the year. Trained and vetted by RIM, they offer leadership, logistical and spiritual oversight to our teams on mission fields around the world.
Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.