From its very inception, the RCA's work in Chiapas has been related to the concern, vision, and invitation of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. In recent years, the Mexican church, in partnership with the Reformed Church, has formed a special joint Commission for Mission in Chiapas. Each year this commission reviews the plans and projects of the various presbyteries and the missionaries related to them. The commission then helps to determine the priorities and strategies for mission work in Chiapas.
The RCA, in partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, has developed the following long-range goals:
1. Leadership training in all the fields, leading to the eventual departure of missionaries.
2. Literature production in the various languages.
3. The training of medical personnel for the rural medical clinics.
4. Development of a fully accredited theological seminary.
The membership of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Chiapas exceeded the membership of the Reformed Church in America in the year 2000. Given the 10 to 12 percent annual growth rate of the church in Chiapas, the training of pastors will continue to be one of the top priorities. That percentage means approximately 18,000 new Christians per year. Most of the new converts have never read the Bible and must be discipled in the Christian life. Because a handful of missionary couples could not possibly disciple that many new converts, conducting rural evangelism, training national pastors, developing lay leaders, decentralizing missionaries, and encouraging the development of indigenous-run institutions is a crucial part of the work of the RCA in Chiapas. This strategy means that as the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Chiapas has grown and matured, it has become more self-sufficient. Only a few RCA missionaries remain in Chiapas to support the work of the church in leadership training, healthcare, and education.