Engaging in Our Local Communities in Mission

What is Local Mission?

Looking to refresh your church's outreach strategy?
Needing some new ways to navigate your neighborhood?

Our team is here to help!  Whether you are looking to partner with your city in community development, have a new idea, need support in loving your neighbors well, or hoping to align your church’s missional strategies, we have got you covered.

 We believe that every individual and church can be a part of the transformation and renewal of their city and neighborhood. And Local Missional Engagement (LME) can help. We do this through these five ways: 

We do this through these five ways:

Faith Sharing

 helping you share the good news of the gospel as well as what God is doing in your own life.

Community Development

 collaborating with local partners in holistic ways to seek the welfare of the community.

Good Neighboring

 opening your doors and homes as places of hospitality.

Advocacy

 engaging in biblical justice work as a means of promoting social change and common good.

Missional Imagination

 dreaming of innovative ways to reimagine ministry in your church and your city.

Outreach & Community Development

Loving Your Neighbor

Missional Imagination

"As we began and continue to process what it means to be a missional church, Pastor Cortes Bast and her team led us in a process of deep discernment and learning. Birthed from the experience is the Emergency Food Pantry (Fort Plain) and the Bike Path Ministry (Sprakers) that feeds and provides respite for hundreds of people."

Reverend Nancy Ryan
Fort Plain and Sprakers Reformed Church, Fort Plain NY

Who are we?

Eliza Cortés Bast

Supervisor of Local Missional Engagement & Strategic Ministry Initiatives

616-541-0849
ebast@rca.org

Laura Osborne

Coordinator for Interreligious Relations

616-541-0872
losborne@rca.org

Kris Woltjer

Administrative Assistant for Special Projects

616-541-0844
kwoltjer@rca.org

Let's Connect

Let’s partner together to serve your local community and reignite your missional imagination.

local@rca.org
This initiative is part of Transformed & Transforming, the RCA's 15-year vision for ministry.
Your gifts make this mission possible.