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

Church commits to 10,000 points of impact

Bethany Reformed Church is encouraging its 400 members to have impact for Christ in the places where they already spend time: work, school, their neighborhoods.

Low-maintenance Mission

A Hispanic congregation has taken root and is changing its southern California neighborhood. How? It wasn’t flashy programs—just simple invitations to dinner.

The Slow Work of Sowing and Reaping

By teaching youth to farm, bake, and sell their wares, New City Neighbors equips them to change Grand Rapids.

Advocating for Education: Community’s efforts lead to a new school

Since the 1960s, the neighborhood of Highbridge in the Bronx, New York, has been without a middle school. That changed when Highbridge Community Church and its pastor, Cora Taitt, joined with other churches and organizations in the neighborhood to convince New York City’s Board of Education of the need for a new school.

A New Playground for Schoharie

After Hurricane Irene decimated the area’s only playground, Schoharie Reformed built a new one.