Frequently Asked Questions

How is RCA Global Mission funded?

RCA Global Mission does not receive denominational assessments or covenant shares. We depend on the faithful generosity of churches and individuals.

RCA Global Mission is funded primarily through Partnership-in-Mission (PIM) shares. A PIM share is a commitment to a yearly set amount given to provide an ongoing base of support for RCA Global Mission missionaries, partners, and current needs. You or your church can commit to a full, half, or quarter PIM share, or another amount for a specific RCA missionary, mission partner, or current need. Shares for 2021 are set at $6,800. Monthly and one-time gifts are also a blessing to the ministry and mission of RCA Global Mission.

A 17 percent override on every gift given to support a missionary and a 15 percent override on every gift given to support a current need or special project helps fund the ministry oversight of RCA Global Mission. These oversight expenditures enable the effective communication, financial transactions, and record-keeping needed to operate efficiently.

When I give money to a missionary, where does it go?

When you financially partner with a missionary, your money first and foremost supports them and their work. *Eighty-three percent of your gift supports a missionary or mission partner by providing things like their salary, housing, insurance, travel expenses, and the resources they need to strengthen and grow the global church.

The other 17 percent of your missionary support helps fund the infrastructure of RCA Global Mission. Because RCA Global Mission does not receive funding from denominational assessments or covenant shares, these oversight expenditures enable the effective communication, financial transactions, and record-keeping needed for Global Mission to operate efficiently.

*On the occasion that a missionary is fully funded, the surplus is sometimes used to support the ministry need closest to your designation. This is true for giving to current needs as well.  All RCA missionaries are fully paid regardless of their current funding level. This creates an environment that has proven to be much more conducive to accomplishing the work to which missionaries are called.

If I or my church cannot afford a Partnership-in-Mission share, can I still support the work of Global Mission?

Of course! Regardless of you or your church’s giving capacity, there is a way for you to step into mission. Gifts to RCA Global Mission provide resources to support ministries of compassion, developing leaders, and sharing the good news, and we would love to partner with you! You or your church has the option to commit to a half or quarter PIM share, or another amount. Shares for 2021 are set at $6,800.

If a partial PIM share is unreachable for you or your church, you’re invited to support RCA missionaries and partners by being a New Initiatives Partner. A New Initiatives Partner commits to an ongoing, annual gift of $1,000 (or $84 per month) to be on the forefront of mission and open up opportunities to spread the gospel in ways that are not currently possible. To learn more, contact mission@rca.org.

You or your church can also give a monthly recurring gift to support a missionary or specific need (i.e. disaster relief, child education, clean water, global church planting, etc.).

We invite you to come alongside the work God is doing through Global Mission however that best works for you. Come join us in the beautiful story God is crafting around the world!

How do I support a current need within Global Mission? 

There are three ways to give:

Online (by credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer)

  • Visit our giving page
  • Search for the specific need or missionary you wish to donate to

By phone (U.S. only; by credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer)

Call Terri Boven at 616-541-0835.

By mail

Please send your check, made out to “Reformed Church in America,” and designated using the name of the specific need

In the United States:
Reformed Church in America,
Attn: Finance Dept.,
4500 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

In Canada
PO Box
5070 STN LCD 1,
Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8

How do I support a missionary or give in a larger capacity? 

To give a Partnership-in-Mission share or become a New Initiative Partner, please contact Kathy at kdekock@rca.org or 712-737-4952. Please also consider committing to a share for one of our new missionaries. You can find a list of missionaries currently raising funds at www.rca.org/raising-support.

Is my gift tax deductible? 

Yes! All gifts to the Reformed Church in America are considered to be charitable deductions to the fullest extent of the IRS law. 

Why is the missionary I support not listed on the Global Mission website?

Some mission contexts are more sensitive than others. For the safety of missionaries and mission partners serving in these areas, they will be unsearchable on our missionaries and partners webpage. If you are looking for a specific missionary or partner and are unable to find them on this webpage, please contact mission@rca.org. We would be happy to send you the information you’re looking for!

How do I become a missionary with Global Mission? 

We want to partner with you! Global Mission works with our partner churches and organizations to assign qualified applicants for service and witness in the U.S. and around the world. If you are interested in becoming a missionary with RCA Global Mission, please download the Missionary Questionnaire and return it to the RCA Human Resources department. For specific questions, please contact mission@rca.org.

How do I or my church get involved with short-term mission opportunities?

We have a person for that! Stephanie Soderstrom works with individuals and churches to help find and plan the perfect short-term mission opportunities for you and your congregation. Whether you want to send a group to serve with our partners in the U.S., volunteer to do disaster response clean-up, or serve internationally with our missionaries and partners, we have a place for you! You can find a list of current trip sites on the Short-Term Mission webpage or you can contact Stephanie to learn more.

How do I order more prayer cards for the missionary(s) I support?

It’s simple! Contact Kelli at kgilmore@rca.org or (616) 541-0838 with the name of the missionary or partner you would like prayer cards for and the quantity. We will be happy to print these and send them to you! You can also find PDF versions of prayer cards for missionaries and partners on their individual web pages. This excludes missionaries who are serving in sensitve mission areas.