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

More than a Silver Lining

A 2013 tornado set off a chain of events that eventually connected two ministries in need—even though they didn’t know they needed each other. 

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.

When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest cares for workers by hosting a holiday barbecue.

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.

Teachers’ Professional Days Offer Outreach Opportunity

When school is closed for teachers’ professional activity days, students come to First Reformed Church for a day of fun and learning.