The Story of James River Church

James River Church has grown from a few families meeting in a store front in 1991 to a large, thriving church in the Springfield, MO area. We believe that, by God’s grace, the best is yet to come.

The Story of James River Church

James River Church has grown from a few families meeting in a store front in 1991 to a large, thriving church in the Springfield, MO area. We believe that, by God’s grace, the best is yet to come.

Seven Core Values

Reach The Lost

God has us on this earth to see people meet Jesus. We strive to make the most of every opportunity to invite people to encounter God's grace.

Expository Preaching

People are transformed by the living and enduring Word of God. We preach through the Bible verse by verse, book by book.

Prayer & Worship

Connecting with God through prayer and worship is absolutely essential. Our prayer meeting is our most important service of the week and passionate praise is at the forefront of our gatherings.

Discipleship

Every Christian should be growing in their walk with Jesus. We equip believers to become fully-devoted followers of Christ.

Children & Youth

Raising up the next generation is a significant part of our calling. We are deeply committed to pouring into our children and youth.

Involve People In Ministry

The church is strengthened when people get involved. We encourage every person in the church to find a place to use their gifts.

Encourage People

The best is yet to come. We want to inspire people to trust God for big things.

What We Believe

The doctrine and beliefs of James River Church

We believe the Bible is God's Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, set our mind on Him and His purpose, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe God has individually equipped us and corporately gathered us as His living body so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, strengthen the Church, and share the Gospel with the community in which we live.

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised and will rule and reign on this earth. History will conclude as the wicked are judged and the righteous enter a new heaven and a new earth.

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