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Who We Are

We are "Purpose Driven"

We take our cues for who the church is and what the church is called to do from the Bible. Like thousands of other churches around the world, we are 'purpose-driven.' The 'purposes' that drive us are filters for our decisions, evaulation, and growth.

We believe a purpose-driven church GROWS…

  • STRONGER through worship, and
  • WARMER through fellowship, and
  • DEEPER through discipleship, and
  • BROADER through ministry, and
  • LARGER through evangelism
  • For each of the five 'purposes,' we have a 'working definition at River Valley.

    Working definition of Worship

    Saved people responding to God’s acts on their behalf with attention, thanksgiving, praise, and adoration.

    Working definition of Fellowship

    Fellowship is the intentional choice to CONNECT myself to other believers focused on authentic relationship that drives me forward in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

    (often in Small Groups, definitely in accountability partnerships, sometimes in ministry teams)

    Working definition of Discipleship

    Regular efforts made to learn the Bible – especially the life and teachings of Jesus Christ – and applying those truths to walk more closely with God throughout life.

    Working definition of Ministry

    Meeting needs – as God defines them – in Christ’s name - which moves people toward substantial relationship with Jesus Christ and brings honor to God.

    Working Definition of Evangelism (Missions)

    Evangelism is praying and working for the spread & communication of the Gospel – the life and teachings of Jesus Christ – both personally and as a church; both locally and globally.

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