Frequently Asked Questions: Next Generation Missional Engagement Fund

This fund was created by generous contributions from the RCA Church Growth Fund (CGF). The CGF supports the work and witness of the RCA by making loans to churches, classes, and other agencies and affiliates so they can purchase, build, or improve the facilities used in their ministries. The CGF contributes a portion of its earnings to support new church plants and also to this scholarship fund. To learn more about the CGF click here.

Donations also come from individual donors throughout the RCA.

Scholarships are available for individuals and church groups to serve through mission trips. Mission trips help to engage volunteers in Christian service with a focus on spiritual transformation and long-term impact on the partner and community. Mission experiences that accrue academic credit are not eligible for a scholarship.

Requirements for individual scholarships: 

  • Applicant must be age 25 or under. 
  • Scholarship must be used for a mission trip. A mission trip should engage volunteers in Christian service with a focus on spiritual transformation and long-term impact on the partner and community.
  • Applicant must be a member or regular attender at an RCA congregation.
  • One scholarship application per calendar year, per person.

Requirements for group scholarships:

  • Recipients of scholarship funds must be age 25 and under. This can either mean that the whole mission group or some members of the group are age 25 and under. Funds should be used to offset costs for group members that fit this qualification.
  • Scholarship must be used for a mission trip. A mission trip should engage volunteers in Christian service with a focus on spiritual transformation and long-term impact on the partner and community. 
  • The mission group must be from an RCA congregation. 
  • One scholarship application per congregation, per calendar year.
Scholarship applications are available online (group application and individual application) and through the RCA Volunteer Engagement Team. Request a scholarship application by emailing volunteer@rca.org.
Here are the current scholarship application deadlines. (We recommend that you apply two to three months before you plan to serve.)
  • February 1
  • April 15
  • June 3
  • August 1
  • November 1
Scholarship decisions will be made within three weeks following the application due date.
The scholarship selection team is made up of RCA Volunteer Engagement, Global Mission, and Next Generation Engagement staff. The team meets at least four times a year to evaluate applications and distribute funds.
  • RCA affiliation
  • Overall cost of the volunteer experience
  • Fundraising contribution and effort of the volunteer/student
  • Overall funds available for distribution
You can apply once each calendar year for a scholarship from the Next Generation Missional Engagement Fund.
If you receive a scholarship you will be expected to complete a report following your mission experience. The report includes opportunities for you to share stories about your experience, thank donors who contributed to the scholarship fund, and provide photos that can be used in the RCA’s annual report.
A scholarship will cover up to 25 percent of the cost of a mission experience. The maximum scholarship for a group is $3,000, and for individuals is $1,500.

Stories about the next generation engaging in mission:

The Mission Isn’t Over

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Easing Pastoral Transitions

An interview with Don Poest upon retiring. 

Renewing the Church in Hungary

How the Regional Synod the Great Lakes is partnering with church planters in Hungary.

Renewing the Church in Hungary

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