Rivers is a dynamic church that offers inspirational, practical and motivational Bible teaching for people of all ages, races and social and 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 services, television, our foundation to the poor and our community relationships. As a result, we are a fast-growing church that started with 70 people and currently exceeds 12 000 on three campuses located in Sandton, Durban North and Ballito.
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 ministry to people. We believe that God is good and that He wants to help, bless, grow, enlarge, change and release people’s potential. We are committed to bringing the grace of God into the lives of needy and broken people through the love of God.
Weekend services are geared to inspire and equip the whole family. Our exciting Kidszone Children’s Church provides a full children’s programme during all weekend services and we have Junior Youth, Youth and Young Adult ministries that build into the lives of each age group.
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.
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
It is an honour to be a part of the Hillsong Family, a unique group of over 25 churches worldwide, in relationship with Hillsong Church in Sydney Australia. Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston have been friends of Rivers for almost two decades. They have spoken at our church and into our lives, and have been a great blessing to us. We are privileged to have been invited and included in this formation of fellowship.
Our weekend services include dynamic praise and worship with a life-changing message across all campuses.
Kidszone children’s church offers an action-packed ministry programme during all services for children aged one to Grade six in a safe, secure and loving environment.
Please note that 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 latecomers 15 minutes into the start of all services.
Communion is held on one weekend every month, during all the services.
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.
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).
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.
The purpose of our integration courses is to integrate people into the life of the church.
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.
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.
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.
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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