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

Mental Illness Finds a Place at the Saturday Center

Each Saturday, West End Collegiate Church invites people who need mental or emotional healing to gather for food, fellowship, and a discussion on faith.

Loving Paterson (Again)

Darryl Redmond’s childhood in Paterson, New Jersey, was bright—but the city was debilitated by drugs in the 1980s, and he lost hope. Nevertheless, the seeds that were planted by Faith Chapel in Darryl’s youth have grown into an unexpected, yet fruitful, call to ministry. 

Let the Little Children Come

Church recovers its ministry to children, then encourages other churches

Serving Our Community

For a number of people in Lyon County, Iowa, engaging in Christ's kingdom mission has become an ecumenical effort to care for the less fortunate in their area.

Family Values

How a coastal congregation’s family focus is impacting its unchurched community.