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

Refugee Response—One Family at a Time

Churches in Passaic Valley Classis have found a variety of ways to support refugees.

Holistic Ministry Makes Recovery Possible

A ministry offering community support becomes a pastor’s new mission field. 

Loving The Neighbors

Getting to know people and caring about the issues that impact them is incredibly powerful kingdom work. 

Prison Ministry Shares Grace

"Razor wire and prison bars do nothing to stop the grace of God," writes prison ministry pastor Jason Wiersma on the ministry's website, livingstoneprisonchurch.org.

Life on the Outside

When members of local faith communities reached out to offer assistance, a prison inmate discovered he was harboring stereotypes of his own.