Prayer meetings set off a light bulb for members of First Reformed Church in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
“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
Kinderhook Reformed Church provides baby clothing for low-income mothers who deliver at the local hospital.
As one church seeks new methods of outreach, it discovers ways to help victims of human trafficking right in its own community.
A weekly ministry in South Florida offers hospitality each Saturday to 75 to 100 persons without homes. But it also ministers to the volunteers who find that their own lives have changed as a result.
Christianity is a hard sell in Collingswood, a borough 10 minutes outside Philadelphia.