Get To Know Us
Riverdove is a Christian community, focused on knowing God more deeply, growing in relationship with Jesus and each other, and loving better within our wider community.
When we are saved by Jesus, God also brings us into family and puts us in community! We believe in the importance and significance of the local expression of Jesus’ body – the community of believers. We have a real heart for our local community and can’t wait to share the truly exciting and hopeful news for the world with you!
Riverdove is filled with people just like you; we’re mums and dads, singles, couples, retirees, kids and teens – all just doing life, like you are! We love to kick back on the weekends and enjoy time with family and friends around a barbie. We also love meeting new people, getting to know our neighbours and having a great heart-to-heart chat about life.
We’re farmers, artists, musicians, baristas and potters, as well as IT geeks, students, business owners and corporate professionals. In fact, we’re a really diverse mix of personalities and occupations! But the one thing we all have in common and which unites us is our love of the gospel message and choosing to do ‘life with Jesus’.
When all’s said and done, we’re a friendly bunch and we’d love to say hi!
What does ‘Riverdove’ mean?
Upon rising from the water as a ‘new creation’, God’s Holy Spirit came to rest upon Jesus, in the form of a dove, marking his approval from God and his veracity as God’s son. This is a beautiful echo of the story first told to us in Genesis, where “God’s spirit hovered “like a bird” over the waters”, before beginning His incredible creative work.
The name “Riverdove” is descriptive of our purpose and mission as a community, and connects us in a very elemental way with Jesus, his work and mission and his status as God’s son and saviour of the world.
Our Purpose and Mission
Our purpose is to call and equip people to do “life with Jesus”, as part of God’s eternal purpose with all of humanity. We are compelled by the great commandment (“love God, love your neighbour”) and the great commission (“go therefore and make disciples of all nations”), found in the gospel of Matthew. We believe church is not merely relational, it’s transformational, and we are excited for every person to realise their true potential and purpose in Jesus!
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12
As “church”, we fulfill our purpose and mission in the following ways:
Honouring God and His Son through individual and communal worship.
Growing closer in community through relational fellowship in Jesus.
Developing our relationship with Jesus more deeply through discipleship.
Loving people better in our church and local communities through ministry.
Calling and equipping people for “Life with Jesus” through the gospel message.
Riverdove, as a part of God’s kingdom community, seeks to both embrace and extend the Good News, endeavouring to live the message Jesus spoke and walk the path Jesus walked. This means sharing life together, really seeing each other and helping carry each other’s burdens. It means speaking words of hope and healing to each other and blessing all we come into contact with from the overflow of love we have received.