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.
“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
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.
LifeQuest cares for workers by hosting a holiday barbecue.
A Hispanic congregation has taken root and is changing its southern California neighborhood. How? It wasn’t flashy programs—just simple invitations to dinner.
When school is closed for teachers’ professional activity days, students come to First Reformed Church for a day of fun and learning.