News | Our Glenn VanNoord Short Term Urban Missions program has wrapped for the summer. Learn more about the program and read the participant’s reflection papers here. | Thornapple serves dinner at Degage Ministries the first Saturday of every month; contact Karen Knister to be added to our list of volunteers (as of Nov. 15, volunteering is currently suspended). | Learn more about our partnership as a host church for Family Promise. | Other organizations we actively support include: Safe Haven Ministries, In the Image, Inner City Christian Fellowship and United in Christ Ministries.

Love Mercy Do Justice

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.

Our Love Mercy Do Justice ministry encourages and enables our Thornapple family to reach beyond our walls to respond to needs in our urban community and to work to end injustices, both locally and around the world. We join God in making things right in our broken world.

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Learn more about the organizations we work with and are partnered for urban and justice matters in and around Grand Rapids. See our standards for choosing the organizations that we work with.

Read a list of ideas for ways families can serve together.

See what was accomplished recently through the work of the LMDJ ministry.

Questions about Love Mercy Do Justice Ministry? Want to join the team? Contact Chuck Hahn

Recommended Reading: Racial Righteousness

  • Sankofa Bibliography, by the LMDJ Team – Download PDF
  • Whiteness Bibliography, by the LMDJ Team – Download PDF
  • Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman
  • Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James Cone
  • Prophetic Lament, by Soong-Chan Rah
  • Roadmap to Reconciliation, by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • The Death of Race, by Brian Bantum
  • The Very Good Gospel, by Lisa Sharon Harper
  • Disunity in Christ, by Christena Cleveland
  • Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church, by Ed Gilbreath
  • Dear White Christians: For those still longing for Racial Reconciliation, by Jennifer Harvey
  • Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, by Allan Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr
  • Social Justice Handbook, by Mae Elise Cannon and John Perkins
  • The Next Evangelicalism, by Soong-Chan Rah
  • Out of Every Tribe and Nation, by Justo Gonzalez
  • Trouble I’ve Seen, by Drew Hart

International Missions

Thornapple and our International Missions team supports over 30 individual missionaries serving around the globe – you can find information about these missionaries in the Lobby (we don’t share the info online to protect those serving in areas where being a Christian can be dangerous).

We also support various missions organizations and sponsor short-term mission trips for adults. In recent years we have sent small groups to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. And we are open to sending more as God leads our people to serve around the world.

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Get involved with International Missions

Missionary Prayer Letters

Sign up to receive missionary prayer letters.

Missionary Care Program

Contact small group leaders and match missionaries with a small group. We need 1-2 people to help with implementing the program and updating profiles. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Missionary Prayer Needs/Updates

Help collect and write missionary prayer needs to be shared in our weekly Prayer & Praise email and disperse prayer information when it is received from individual missionaries. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Missionary Events

Contact small group leaders and match missionaries with a small group. We need 1-2 people to help with implementing the program and updating profiles. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Missionary Welcome Team

We need a team who will help returning missionaries integrate into the Thornapple community. The team would help welcome missionaries and assist in practical needs, as well as inform the congregation and plan an event for the missionary to share about their ministry and prayer needs. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Interview Team

This team meets to interview candidates requesting to be identified as Thornapple missionaries (both short and long term). This team also meets to debrief missionaries after they return from the field. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Administration Team

This team meets quarterly with the Thornapple staff support person to discuss long range planning and yearly budgets. Contact Philip Bustrum to sign up.

Denominational Missions

Covenant World Missions is the arm of our denomination that reaches around the world in Christ’s name. Friends of World Missions is our denomination’s effort to enable people from around the Covenant to be aware of and to support Covenant mission’s work. Covenant World Relief is our denomination’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world through disaster relief and community development.