"To penetrate today's culture with the love of Jesus and to encourage individuals to become fully devoted followers of Christ."
To connect with the postmodern generation, the River will strive to remain R.E.A.L.
R = Relevant - Today's culture is predominately visual or "people of the screen." Therefore, we will embrace the senses -- drama, art, and video clips -- to communicate the transformational power of God’s Word in relevant ways.
E = Experiential - Worship must be in "spirit and truth." Worship proclaims Jesus as Lord and Savior. When done in a style and language postmodern people can relate to, it gives them an opportunity to witness the power of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
A = Accepting - Those seeking the Lord must experience an environment of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Relationships are important. The gathered body of Christ must be relationship oriented with an emphasis placed on small group gatherings where people can learn biblical truths, feel like they belong, and be heard.
L = Laity Led - Individuals will be encouraged to discover their uniqueness. Each individual will be provided the opportunities to be equipped, trained, empowered and have adequate resources to answer God's call on their life.