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.

Food and Football

It’s 7:00 a.m. on a brisk fall Friday morning in Fulton, Illinois.

In the darkness, the lights of First Reformed Church shine brightly through the windows. Inside, the smell of bacon frying draws a trickle of young people into the building, talking and laughing as they meet up with their friends and get ready to face the day.

Platform: The Joy of Sharing Space

Sharing space isn’t always easy—but one congregation finds that working through the challenges is more than worth it.

When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest cares for workers by hosting a holiday barbecue.

How to Walk with Purpose

While walking the streets of her neighborhood, Anna Jackson noticed things she hadn’t before. What she saw led her congregation to make some changes.