And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:11
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River of Life Church
4294 Hodgson Rd.
Shoreview, MN 55126

Office Hours:
Tues-Fri: 8:30-4:00

Phone: 651-484-8737
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Strategic Initiatives

Vision is vital. The Bible says that "where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained." No focus. No unity. No discipline. Everyone clamors for his or her own way.

Determined to avoid that pitfall, we at River of Life Church want to move forward with unity and purpose. In continuation of our Revision Process we have discerned the following Strategic Initiatives which flow out of our Philosophy of Ministry, Foundational Values and our Statement of Vision. The big question, then, becomes, "Where do we go from here?"

The Holy Spirit led us, through our leaders, to a place of unity and consensus regarding the Strategic Initiatives that He would have us undertake in the years to come. Our five Strategic Initiatives are as follows:

  1. Build a creative, dynamic, and vision-driven Children's Ministry that will both form Christ in our believing children (Galatians 4:19) and entice the children of our community to a relationship with Jesus.
  2. Develop a church-wide community outreach paradigm including:
    1. Training in personal evangelism.
    2. Opportunities for community service.
    3. Strategic outreach events.
  3. Develop an intentional plan for discipleship (spiritual formation). The strategy will include:
    1. Using our small groups as the primary setting for development of spiritual formation.
    2. Mentoring groups of two or three.
    3. Classes on: spiritual disciplines, spiritual formation, membership, and on identifying spiritual gifts.
  4. Expand our present facility so that we will be able to provide:
    1. Tailored space for our creative Children's and Youth Ministries.
    2. Added space for Sunday worship experiences (featuring suitable lighting, sound, and video capabilities).
    3. Room for adult classes and hospitality.
We believe that these Strategic Initiatives address areas in which we sensed the need for God to grow us, stretch us, and strengthen us. Does that mean that other areas of our life together in Jesus are less important? Definitely not!

Our congregational worship services, the declaration of God's truth and wisdom from the pulpit, prayer as one of our primary spiritual disciplines, experiencing Spirit-led community in our wide variety of small groups, our youth ministry, and our support of local and overseas outreach ministries are all, we believe, vital in living out the Values and Vision crystallized through our Elder led Revision process.

Upcoming Events
October 20 - Baptism
October 21 - Women's Bible Study
October 26 - Basement Cleanup
October 27 - November 10 - Missions Conference
Weekly Schedule
9:30-10:15 AM - Nursery, Kingdom Kids, and Adult Sunday School
10:30-11:30 AM - Nursery, Kingdom Kids, and Worship Service
6:45-8:15 PM - Youth Group (Senior and Junior High)
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