These three words - worship, discipleship and mission - are what we describe as our "calling". In other words, we must do these things very well because they are critical to the life of a Christian, and the effectiveness of a church. When a person comes to The River, they will notice that everything we do falls in these three areas: worship, discipleship or mission. If it doesn't fit, we don't do it!
Mission is very critical to what we do.
We speak of mission happening ...
1. On three levels: as individuals, groups and as a congregation.
2. In two ways: in word (the Gospel message) and deed (through practical help).
3. In two places: here and there.
We have lots of individuals involved in ministry throughout the NRV. We have seen groups come together and serve. We have been involved in several congregational events every year. We have a missions team that encourages and guides our work in these areas; eventually we envision it multiplying into two teams: local and oversees missions.
Up to this point we have seen some great things happen (see samples below): We hold regularly local events called "Veritas", featuring speakers who are Christians who have displayed a track record of excellence in their fields (so far we have featured events on topics such as wine, music and entrepreneurship). We support many local ministries (YoungLife, Pregnancy Resource Center, Interfaith Food Pantry, etc.) through our time, talents and treasures. We have been involved for several years, helping build a social-spiritual ministry in Belize. We support missionaries in Central America, Africa, Kosovo, the USA, and more.