---Our Mission

We believe God is actively engaged in our world redeeming, restoring, and renewing all things.
 
RiverTree exists to join in God’s mission by…
 
GROWING a Loving church Family…
Of DIVERSE people..,.
On MISSION with Jesus
Who FOLLOW him wherever he leads.
 
  1. A family relies on relationships that bind everything together. Relationships take priority above programs.
  2. People at all different backgrounds and places on their faith journeys will find belonging and space to explore Jesus, His Gospel, and their participation in His mission.
  3. We exist not for ourselves but for God’s mission.
  4. We aspire to emulate Jesus’ ministry. His death serves as a model and message of the Gospel – salvation by grace to all people.
 
 

---Our Priorities

#1: God’s Grand Story
We have been caught up in God’s grand story of creative redemption. The Bible reveals an active, interested God who cares for His creation, loves His creatures, and would do anything for them. In fact, He has. His story is the story of an all-powerful God reaching out to bumbling humans with radical generosity, loving them in their mess, saving them from their mess, and welcoming them into abundant life. The hero of the story is Jesus, who fully embodied this radical love by becoming human and giving away his life for the weak and the lost. Our personal stories have been caught up as characters in this grand story of redemption. Come join Him.
 
#2: Gospel-Impact in our City
God’s story is good news (“Gospel”) for our city. The good news is that God is deeply interested in the businesses, social structures, service organizations, government and educational institutions of our beloved city. His interest, and ours, is to see these institutions and structures aligned with the truly good ways of God’s kingdom, which is to say, for them to flourish and thrive for the general welfare of the people they serve. We expect to see transformation of these important social pillars by God’s grace and because of His Gospel.
 
#3 Welcoming People Into Community
One of the things we love about Jesus (and the thing that got him in trouble with the religious leaders) is his way of radically welcoming the marginalized, the outcast and the sinner. The religious leaders grumbled at Jesus because he went to meals with people they viewed as societal scum.  Of course, the message Jesus was sending was that God does not see societal scum, only children, some of whom are far from Him and need rescuing.  At RiverTree, we hope to provide a radical welcome to sinners, anyone and everyone who desires to connect to a loving church family on mission with Jesus.
 
#4: Awakening Potential and Sending People Out
We think one of the greatest gifts we can give to someone is to wake them up to what is good and true about themselves, God and the world. People today are sleepwalking through life, unaware and apathetic to the grandeur of God’s unfolding story and their potential to experience and impact eternity. We at RiverTree desire to wake people up to the abundant life that is available to regular people and to inspire them to take their place in God’s story of redemption in their families, neighborhoods, workplaces, city and around the world.
 
#5: Children (and families)
Children played an obviously vital role in Jesus’ ministry. He prioritized them by welcoming them to his side, caring for them, and pointing to them as ones to be emulated. Simply said, children hold a special place in God’s kingdom. And they do at RiverTree, too. Not only are we committed to providing quality programming for children, we are committed to seeing children as ones to be emulated, which means we welcome their insight and inspiration in following Jesus.  Children are an important part of RiverTree.
 
 

---Our Values

Relationships
We’ll recognize inconvenience as a sign of loving relationships. Inconvenience shows that we are pursuing deep relationships with people and attempting to truly love them.
 
Participation
We’ll recognize failure as a sign of faithful participation in God’s mission. Failure shows that we are attempting great things for God without the guarantee of success.
 
Generosity
We’ll recognize sacrifice as a sign of radical generosity.  God is radically generous to people, shown in particular in the life and death of Jesus. Sacrifice models Jesus’ whole approach to life and relationships; he sacrificed himself for the sake of others and we are called to sacrifice ourselves to bless others.
 
Social Engagement
We’ll recognize discomfort as a sign of social engagement.  We’ll celebrate stepping out of our comfort zones to meet people where they are, and to take on issues that are important to God and significant to the transformation of society.
 
Diversity
We’ll recognize healthy disagreement as a sign of diversity. Disagreement in a group reveals that the group is made up of different people with a variety of perspectives. We don’t value “groupthink”.
 
Curiosity
We’ll recognize questioning as a sign of honest curiosity. Questions drive us toward greater understanding of the mystery that is God and His mission; we will never stop asking great questions about this compelling mystery.
 

---Our Pastors

Jesse Kisman– Lead Pastor
My background is a grab bag of consulting, government work, teaching, and academia. Through all of that, the most important lesson I learned was that people desperately need community. So that is my passion—to try and foster a church environment where people feel safe to question, safe to learn, and safe to simply be themselves. I see church not as the building where people meet on a Sunday morning, but rather as the family of people who chose live life together on a daily basis.   
 
 
 
 
Chris Macky- Equipping Pastor
My passion and calling is to help people reach their God-given potential by awakening them to their true identity, gifting, and calling. Every person has a unique role to play in God’s mission, not as religious separatists, but as normal people empowered by our gracious God to do everyday work in their everyday lives, with conviction and purpose that reflects the love of Jesus in natural ways. Focused lives…that’s what I desire for everyone.
 

---Our Leadership

We are a mostly volunteer-led and volunteer-driven community. We have an Elder Board that supports Jesse and Chris in overseeing RiverTree.