Local Missional Engagement: Get Involved

Is local mission a passion of your congregation? We have several ways to get involved:

Consider joining a learning community focused on local mission. A learning community is a group of people from several congregations who meet together over a period of one to two years to learn, practice, and hold one another accountable for purposeful engagement in local mission. Each congregation is invited to send a pastor and three to five lay leaders to participate.

We also offer leadership cohorts focused on local mission. Leadership cohorts are similar in focus and process to learning communities, but are generally smaller groups for pastors only.  

Not sure how best to engage? The RCA’s Local Missional Engagement team is available for consultation to determine a good fit for your congregation and ministry context.  

To learn more, contact Eliza Bast, coordinator for Local Missional Engagement: ebast@rca.org or (616) 541-0849.

Stories about Local Missional Engagement

Maplewood Reformed Expands Kids Hope

Maplewood Reformed Church beefs up its mentoring program for neighborhood kids—in part because of the transformation the congregation experienced through the Ridder: Churches Learning Change process.

An Appetite for Serving: Community meal creates camaraderie and connection

Jean Browne’s and Jim and Sally Thompson’s enthusiasm is contagious as they talk about the work they are doing at Brookdale Reformed Church.

Go Small or Go Home

At a time when community meant everything to Roger and Michele Bird, they left their 3,000-square-foot home and are building a house a third the size. Go figure.

Cooking, Creating, and Caring

A summer camp where children learn to sew and to cook? First Reformed Church of Wynantskill thinks it’s a great idea. Their campers create things to share with neighbors in need.

Mental Illness Finds a Place at the Saturday Center

Each Saturday, West End Collegiate Church invites people who need mental or emotional healing to gather for food, fellowship, and a discussion on faith.