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

Coffee, Christ, and Conversation

The Bridge Faith Community is an unusual church plant. Instead of pews, there are tables and chairs, and the scent of roasted coffee fills the room.

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.

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“I Was in Prison and You Visited Me”

How one missional community is loving the teenagers at a local detention center.

Welcoming the Hungry, Sick, and Afraid

A church plant in Arizona is living the gospel by receiving people seeking asylum and helping them get to places of resettlement.

Partners in Justice

One Brooklyn church takes seriously its place in the neighborhood. A partnership with a nearby synagogue has strengthened that presence even more.