About River Oaks Community Church
The mission of River Oaks is to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who GO to our neighbors with the message of Christ, GROW with our neighbors in the pursuit of Christ, and SHOW compassion to our neighbors with the love of Christ. Jesus himself said the greatest command we are given is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. At River Oaks, we believe the greatest expression of our love for God is to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We believe that through the way we love our neighbors, we will be set apart in our community: we speak the truth in love, we declare the freedom found in Jesus, and we fight for unity in the midst of division. We love our neighbors so that they might come to know Jesus and grow in their pursuit of Him.
Data released along with the 2010 US Census stated that 115,092 people in Elkhart County didn’t identify with a faith of any kind. Our vision at River Oaks is to reach as many of these neighbors with the message of Jesus as possible – not so we can be a bigger church – but because we believe Jesus changes lives. Simply put, we believe life is better with Jesus.
Many of the 115,092 are our neighbors, family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Our vision is not to shame, guilt, or condemn, but to love our neighbors in the same way that Jesus loves us. We believe that through how we love, our neighbors might see Jesus in us and decide to join us in our mission to develop other fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.