Mission, Vision, Values

Go therefore and make disciples...


Rivanna Community Church exists to Love God, Love One Another, and Love the World.


At Rivanna, as humans created in the image of God, we are committed to reflect the image of God's love in two seemingly opposing ways.  We intend to remain small as we value the sense of family and community that seems to thrive most naturally in smaller churches.  At the same time, we intend to grow and reflect that image to the community around us as we seek to be a radically welcoming church.  The best way that we have found to chase after these two visions with abandon is by growing, planting, and repeating.
Rivanna intends to grow as a church to 200 people and then prayerfully begin the process of planting another church.  As our growth reaches 250 or more people, we will commission the appropriate leadership and send a strong core group of people to plant another church.
We will then start the process over again as has been done previously at our founding churches.


Rivanna is a Gospel Centered Church that is Community Oriented and Missionally Driven.

Gospel Centered:

Rivanna is a Gospel-Centered Church.  We believe that we are called to believe,  experience, and be the gospel.  We believe the gospel as it has been handed down from the apostles.  We experience the Risen Lord and the power and comfort of his Spirit through an encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ.  We seek to be (or live out) the message of the gospel as we conform our lives to God’s purpose, love, and character…that our lives look more and more like Christ’s.

Community Oriented:

Rivanna is a Community Oriented Church.  Through this community, we share common experiences of life, care, and joy.  Community is the essence of our church, is a joyful expression of who we are, and is primarily facilitated through our home groups.  As a relational community, we welcome and seek to enfold those whose lives are being touched by the Kingdom of God.

Missionally Driven:

Rivanna is a church that is committed to reaching those outside our church’s walls personally, locally, and globally.  Personally, we strive to live out the great commission call in our daily lives.  Locally, we seek to make a difference in our community by partnering with local ministries, creatively engaging our community, and planting churches.  Globally, we are committed to relationally bonded, long-term cross-cultural missions.