The River Community Church

  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church
  • The River Community Church

Who We Are

Your partners in life!

Why do we call ourselves The River Community?
We believe that churches ought to flow like a river and not sit motionless like a lake. People that step into a lake generally exit from the same place they entered. But when a person enters a river they will always exit from a different place; which means that they have experienced movement by the current. Our goal is to move people further along their spiritual journey than when they first entered The River.



Our Services

Service Times

Sunday
  • 09:00am - The River Cafe is open from 9:15 prior to our 10:00 AM gathering time. Please join us for some freshly baked goods, healthy snacks and refreshments. Our coffee bar is available to serve you fresh gourmet coffee with your choice of flavored creamers. Our service begins at 10:00 AM every Sunday. Our nursery is available at 9:30 AM. We have classes for elementary school & middle school aged students. Please feel free to dress comfortably. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Yet taking that first step of faith can involve uncertainty. What if it’s the wrong path? What if I slip? What—or who—will I find at the end? At The River Community we’re exploring the path laid out through God’s word—come join us this Sunday! You’ll find great music, Biblical teaching and fellow travelers to walk with you on your journey! If you feel that the course you are on or the course your children are on may need a different direction, please enter The River.

What to Expect

What are services like?
I must warn you by saying that The River Community is against religion and we are against conformity. We believe in relationships and in sharing life. The River Community is not “seeker sensitive”. You will not get a sugar coated view of the gospel; you will receive the unvarnished truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32(NIV)

What is the community like?
mission statement The purpose of The River is to serve all walks of life, a place where all can feel welcomed. This is an environment where anyone can come and not feel threatened whether you read the Bible on a daily basis or have never even opened one. The River is a place where one can serve as well as be served. A location where one can learn about Jesus Christ and then share Him. Our vision is “Partnering with others to help them enhance their quality of life.” We believe God has created and gifted ALL people and our purpose is to equip them in order to live out God’s purpose for their life. The goal is to move people further along their journey with Jesus Christ than when they first entered The River.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Core Values Loyalty – We will never give up on you. As long as you are willing, we will be your partners in life. Salvation – We believe that everyone has the choice to choose salvation. We are committed to bridging the gap between people and God. Relationships– We know that our families are a gift from God and our goal is to partner with them in having a strong and healthy household. Compassion – We believe that everyone needs a place to grow spiritually without fear of being judged. Our doors are open for all who choose to walk through them. Personal Development– We are a community of servers that are committed to help others in developing their God-given vision.


Leadership

Jim Duran

Jim Duran was born and raised in Ventura and has a passion for his city. Jim currently serves as the Lead Pastor of The River Community Church in Ventura, a ministry his team began in 2004. Jim has a B.A in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Theology from Channel Islands Bible College & Seminary. Jim is the Executive Director of The City Center Transitional Living, a facility for homeless children and their parents. He is also the Executive Director of Tender Life Maternity Home, servicing homeless pregnant women and their babies. Jim has been honored with various awards over the years including the “Heroes Among Us” award from the Ventura Police Community Foundation, The Golden Triangle Award from the YMCA, and the “Hometown Hero” award by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce; Jim was honored in 2020 with the first ever Legacy Award, awarded to those citizens who go above and beyond to make a difference in Ventura. Jim and his wife Pam, serve on the board of Marriage Well, a non-profit organization that provides support for couples to achieve excellence in their marriages. He is actively involved with solving the homeless crisis in Ventura County through the Homeless to Home collaboration, by partnering with the Downtown Ventura Partners and being involved with the Ventura Social Service Task Force. Jim and Pam have been married for over 31 years and have six children, two daughter-in-laws and three incredible grandchildren. Jim’s passion is to serve his community and to be a blessing to his neighbors through partnerships and collaboration.

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