In a world where leadership is glamorized, glorified, and even the subject of academic degrees, Marion van den Akker resists the word.
“We want to connect with our community, but we’re not sure how.”
It’s something we hear often from churches. The RCA has a rich history in global mission, but what about closer to home? Until recently, many churches understood “mission” as something done mostly by missionaries in faraway places.
Our commitment to local missional engagement means that we celebrate and encourage the many examples of RCA churches doing creative ministry with their communities. It’s a renewed focus on mission principles that have always been a part of the RCA. Realizing that churches are making less of an impact in their neighborhoods than they once were, we are challenged to embrace the totality of the Great Commission. We are committed to offering resources, networking, and support to any church that wants to engage in mission locally.
Most local mission opportunities fall into one of three broad categories:
Want to get involved with local mission, but don’t know how? We can help.
Stories about Local Missional Engagement
“I think of Jeremiah who told us to pray for the prosperity of the city,” says RCA pastor Cora Taitt of her work in New York City’s Kingdom Enterprise Zone. Taitt is working with CRC leaders in the city to plant new churches and strengthen existing ministries.
Church recovers its ministry to children, then encourages other churches
In a troubled neighborhood along Van Ness Ave. in Fresno, California, gang activity, street crime, and drug abuse are commonplace.
And it’s along this stretch of roadway, which cuts through the heart of the city, where RCA commissioned pastor Raymond Moore and his wife, Tanya, do the work of ministry as leaders of Fresno House Church.