South Branch Reformed Church’s youth group helps kids in need celebrate birthdays.
“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
By teaching youth to farm, bake, and sell their wares, New City Neighbors equips them to change Grand Rapids.
It’s 7:00 a.m. on a brisk fall Friday morning in Fulton, Illinois.
In the darkness, the lights of First Reformed Church shine brightly through the windows. Inside, the smell of bacon frying draws a trickle of young people into the building, talking and laughing as they meet up with their friends and get ready to face the day.
Prayer meetings set off a light bulb for members of First Reformed Church in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
A new Hispanic ministry has given a daycare center a fresh start, and its leaders hope the center will become a model for sustainable ministry for churches in low-income communities.