Rivers is a dynamic church that offers both inspirational and practical biblical teaching with motivation for people of all ages, races and walks of life. We are a Christ-centred church that preaches the truth about Jesus in a fresh, illustrative and creative way. We actively reach out to embrace people through services, television, our foundation to the poor and community relationships. As a result we are a fast growing church on 2 campuses that started with 70 people and currently exceeds 15,000.
We love God passionately, love people unconditionally and live life purposefully. We believe in our nation and are totally committed to serving the purposes of God and making a significant difference to the lives of people in spiritual, social, emotional and physical need. Rivers aims for excellence in every area of ministry because we place high value on the church and its ministry to people. We believe that God is good and that He wants to help, bless, grow, enlarge, change and release people’s potential. We are committed to bringing the grace of God into the lives of needy and broken people through the love of God.
Weekend services are geared to inspire and equip the whole family. Our exciting Kidszone Children’s Church provides a FULL children’s programme during all weekend services and we have teen, youth and young adult ministries that build into the lives of each age group.
Since 1992, André and Wilma Olivier have been the pastors of the Rivers Sandton campus. They have grown Rivers from a church of 70 into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the multi-campus church.
Since June 2006, they have pastored the Rivers Durban campus. They are passionately committed to building all their congregations into churches of blessing and significance.
Vision & Values
It is an honour to now be a part of the Hillsong Family, a new and unique group of over 20 churches worldwide, in relationship with Hillsong Church, Sydney Australia. Pastor Brian and Bobbie Houston have been our friends for almost 2 decades, who have spoken at our church and into our lives, and have been a great blessing in our lives. We are privileged to have been invited and included in this new formation of fellowship.
Sunday: 7.45am, 9.45am, 11.45am and 5.30pm
Sunday: 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am and 5.30pm
Dynamic praise and worship with one Dynamic Message in all services in Sandton and a different message on the Sunday night for Durban.
Kidszone Children’s Church offers an action packed ministry programme during all weekend services, for kids Age 1 – Grade 6, in a safe, secure and loving environment.
Please note all services and events start on time. Punctuality is a key value at Rivers contributing to a spirit of excellence. Kidszone cannot accept latecomers after 15 minutes into the start of services.
For your personal safety, campus gates are secured 15 minutes into the start of the weekend services.
Communion is held on the first weekend of every month, during all the weekend services.
Leadership & Management
Our Senior Pastors
André and Wilma Olivier have been the Senior Pastors of Rivers Church since 1992. They have built Rivers from a church of 70 into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the House. André has a unique and dynamic television programme called Life by Design, which is broadcast across various countries in Africa.
The Advisory Team
Each year the Senior Pastors prayerfully invite and appoint a competent Advisory Team to serve alongside them. They are announced annually on Vision Weekend. This group is selected from the congregation and senior staff. The team consists of key businessmen and leaders, who bring perspective and add value to the Senior Pastors regarding the effective management of the church.
We believe that:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is accurate, applicable to daily life and is the final authority on matters of conduct, salvation and all we believe. (2 Tim 3:16)
Contributing, not consuming; participating and not spectating; serving others; responsibility for the house; ownership; volunteering time and money; equipping for service.
Volunteering is a basic Biblical principle that Rivers embraces and encourages, and is a requirement for everyone wishing to Partner with us. God has equipped us each with unique gifts, talents and abilities that we can use to make a difference in the church and the world. Every member of the church can play a valuable part in enlarging and progressing the church – The more members involved, the more effective the church for Christ.
Our two integrations courses – ‘Getting Started and ‘Partners’ will run on alternative Tuesdays and Thursday to help you integrate into the life of Rivers Church. These courses are free of charge, run throughout the year and help you integrate into the church, so register today!
The Rivers Pastoral department offers these courses for new believers and for anyone wanting to Partner with Rivers Church. These courses, if you’re new to the Christian faith, will help you to develop an understanding of Christian foundations and find out how to go forward in Christ.
In 1992, Ps André and Wilma came to Sandton to take over a small, struggling and divided church. Through God’s grace and much hard work, we now see God working through a multi-campus church with a strong team and several thousand people. With their involvement in church life over the last 30 years, they have learnt some things that have helped them to become more and more effective with every passing year. Out of a passion to see other local churches thrive, Ps André and Wilma have created an avenue through which they can humbly share what they have learnt and thereby encourage others to grow to their full potential.