ABOUT

Rivers is a dynamic church that offers inspirational, practical and motivational Bible teaching for people of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. We are a Christ-centred church that preaches the truth about Jesus in a fresh, illustrative and creative way. We actively reach out through our weekly services, television programme, Foundation to the poor and community relationships. As a result, we are a fast-growing church that started with 70 people and currently exceeds 10 000 people across 3 campuses, located in Sandton, Ballito and Durban North.

We love God passionately, love people unconditionally and live life purposefully. We believe in our nation and are totally committed to serving the purposes of God and making a significant difference to the lives of people in their spiritual, social, emotional and physical worlds. Rivers aims for excellence in every area of ministry, because we place high value on the church and its people. We believe that God is good and that He wants to help, bless, grow, enlarge, change and release people’s potential.

Senior Pastors

Since 1992, André and Wilma Olivier have been the senior pastors of Rivers. They have grown the church from just 70 people into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the multi-campus church.

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Vision and Values

To inspire faith and hope and to shape the social and spiritual architecture through the Word.

The four pillars driving our vision are:

Worship | Reach | Connect | Volunteer

Hillsong Family

It is an honour to be a part of the Hillsong Family, a unique group of 30 churches worldwide, in relationship with Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston have been friends of Rivers for over 20 years. Over that time, they have spoken into the life of our church, and have been a great blessing to us. We are privileged to have been invited and included in this formation of fellowship.

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Weekend Services

Our weekend services include dynamic worship with a life-changing message, and aim to inspire and equip the whole family.

Kidszone Children’s Church offers an action-packed ministry programme during all services for children Age 1 – Grade 6, in a safe, secure and loving environment.

Junior Youth offers age-specific ministry and fun for Grades 7 & 8 during Sunday morning services.

All services and events start on time. Punctuality is a key value at Rivers, contributing to a spirit of excellence. For the safety and security of all children and families, the campus gates are closed, and Kidszone cannot accept registrations 15 minutes into the start of all services. 

Communion is held once a month during all services.

Leadership and Management

Rivers has been pastored by André and Wilma Olivier for over two decades, and are accountable to an advisory board consisting of key businessmen and leaders who bring perspective and add value to the senior pastors.

What We Believe

We believe that:

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is accurate, applicable to daily life and is the final authority on matters of conduct, salvation and all we believe (2 Timothy 3:16).

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Volunteering

Volunteering is a basic biblical principle that we embrace and encourage. God has given each of us unique gifts, talents and abilities that can be used to make a difference in the church and the world. Each of us can play a valuable part in enlarging and progressing the church – a strong volunteer army can build a more effective church for Christ.

Integration Courses

The purpose of our integration courses is to integrate people into the life of the church.

Getting Started

Building a strong foundation from the beginning is vital for a successful walk with God. Getting Started gives you a basic understanding of Christianity and helps you integrate into the life of Rivers.

Partnership

The Partnership course explains the Rivers vision, values and culture, and shares more about the journey of the church and the exciting future ahead. Partnership is a core value at Rivers. Anyone who would is considering joining the church as a member needs to complete this course.

Premartial

A valuable course for couples preparing for marriage or newly-weds, written by our Senior Pastors from the perspective of over 40 years of marriage, to prepare you for the most important human relationship you will ever have.

To register for an integration night select your campus below.

Rivers Network

Out of a passion to see other local churches thrive, Pastors André and Wilma have created an avenue through which they can humbly share what they have learnt and thereby encourage others to grow to their full potential.

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