The vision of the River of Life comes from the scriptures where merging streams of the Holy Spirit represent the gathered and scattered church flowing together like a mighty river to bring the life of Christ to our cities and nation.

Genesis 2:10, Psalm 46:4, Ezekiel 47, John 7:37
Colossians 1:15-20, Revelation 22:1-2.

Purpose

The River of Life as an organisation exists to contribute, serve, facilitate, encourage and support practical outworking of this vision in collaboration with kingdom partners.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells (Psalm 46:4).

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Kingdom Partners

Kingdom partners comprise Churches, Organisations and individuals who are dedicated to the centrality of Christ in the domains of our nation. Each partner has its own organisation, structure and accountability arrangements. River of Life carries no financial, probity or oversight responsibilities for kingdom partners. River of Life is but one partner in a network of friends who support each other on a mutual journey to help each other succeed in our respective kingdom purpose and objectives.

Background

The River of Life conference began with the Dr David Yonggi Cho city-wide gathering in Melbourne in May 2013. This was an inspiring experience where the wider church from different backgrounds and traditions loved being together in prayer, worship, learning and discovery. We were uplifted to hear and connect with the diverse yet complementary expressions of service that the body of Christ delivers to the Australian community on a daily basis.

From this experience we appreciated that the river of life is not just an event but a confluence of streams with a common destination. Accordingly we delight to continue netweaving with Kingdom Partners who contribute to bringing the life of Christ to our cities and nation. We are about doing together what cannot be achieved independently.

Leadership

Our Board comprises members from Salvation Army, Anglican, Pentecostal, Catholic, Ethnic and Messianic Jewish bckgrounds. We come from church, ministry and marketplace occupations. Please click on 'About Us' above for more info on our leadership team and Governance Board.

We work in partnership with local churches, organisations and individuals whose first priority is to bring the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10, 6:33, John 17).

This is a critical time for the church to rise up to her God given role as the salt and light of our society. Only the church is the hands and feet of Jesus that brings the benefits of the kingdom of God to our cities and nation.

Vision

We see the wider church working in united formation to honour Jesus in every domain of our cities and nation.

Mission

To connect, motivate and equip the saints for their ministry in their spheres of influence.

Objectives        

1. To contribute to bringing the Kingdom of God on earth through cooperation, collaboration and referrals with our Kingdom partners.

2. To catalyze, support and netweave cross-denominational regional prayer meetings, evangelism and peer mentoring with our Kingdom Partners.

3. To work with Kingdom partners in developing training, equipping and coordination that extends kingdom influence across the domains of our city and nation.

4. To contribute in rebuilding community trust in the wider church and to inspire hope in Christ for the future. (Psalm 105:1-2, 96:3).


The Church together brings life to the city.

 


Kingdom Partners

Compassion

 

Word Books LightFM LightDigital CBM
 96threefm UCB  ACC Salvation Army
 PIPES Arrow Marketplace Connections   God TV Reach 
 Bible Society  Tabor  Cre8 Kingdom Business Conference  Power2Print
 Harvest Bible College  Alpha Course Contact Point  FGBA 
 Gideons  Christian against Poverty  ACL Bible League 
 Focus on the Family Babes Project Sports Chaplaincy Australia  CatholicCare
 GROW Church Streets of Freedom  Empart Australian Christians 
 Cafeforce Lifekeys Family Voice Australia  One Voice   20/30 Chrisitans
       

  

 Endorsements

I am really delighted with the visit of Dr. Cho to our great city of Melbourne that brought together the wider church to celebrate our unity around the cause of Christ. I encourage you to make unity of purpose a priority.

I am really encouraged that we had Dr Cho come to Melbourne. It is only occasionally that Melbourne has the opportunity to host someone of this magnitude in the Kingdom of God. Crossway made this event a priority and I am honoured to have been associated with it.

Salvation Army officers throughout Victoria were delighted to support the River of Life Conference in Melbourne with Dr David Yonggi Cho. This was an incredible occasion which allowed the greater church to come together and witness to our unity and new life in Jesus Christ. I would encourage all churches to make the learnings from this conference a real focal point in their plans for the future.

Mark Conner
Senior Minister
CityLife Church
Chairman
River of Life Conference Inc.

Dale Stephenson
Senior Pastor
Crossway Baptist Church

Major Graeme Rigley
Divisional Commander
The Salvation Army
Melbourne Central Division

 

KPs are a coalition of groups, Churches and organisations who are dedicated to the centrality of Christ in the domains of the nation. Each Partner has its own organisational structure and accountability arrangements. River of Life (ROLIC) carries no financial, probity or oversight responsibilities for affiliated Kingdom Partners. ROLIC is but one partner in a network of friends who support each other on a mutual journey and help each other succeed in their objectives.

CONFERENCE VISION

Purpose:

Vision:

Mission:

To accelerate the capacity of the 21st Century church to bless the city and nation. We see the wider church working in united formation to honour Jesus in every domain of the nation. To connect, motivate and equip the saints for their ministry in their spheres of influence.

 

River of Life Vision from the Scriptures

The River of Life flows through the Bible from the Garden of Eden, to its emergence from the Rock struck by Moses, and in Psalm 46:4 –

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High (NKJV).

The river emerges again in the vision of Ezekiel 47 and flows on through the prophets at Amos 5:24 and Zech 9:10. The river continues through the Gospels at John 4:10-14 and 7:37-39 and on through the teaching of St Paul at 1 Cor 10:2-4. Finally the river reaches its final destination and purpose at Rev 22:1-4.

Accordingly the River of Life Conference derives its theme by linking the vision of Ezekiel 47 with the promise of Jesus at John 7:37 and the purpose of Rev 22:1-2. To experience this vision we need to start at the headwaters.

In Ezekiel 47 and Psalm 46:4 we find an altar at the headwaters where God dwells at the mercy seat. It’s here that we are invited to come to the only safe place where we can lay down our pride, our independent, self-centred and self-justifying attitudes. At the Cross we want to engage with God through the humility that invites His presence. Into this heart attitude Jesus speaks: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them”.

From this place our respective trickles of water from our innermost being merge to form a river that is at first ankle-deep, then knee-deep, then up to the waist and then becomes a mighty river that cannot be crossed. This mighty river flows into the Dead Sea where the salty water becomes fresh and swarms of living creatures emerge. The tree of life is found beside the river in both Ezekiel and Revelation:

“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” (Ezek 47:12).

This conference is about translating this vision of a mighty river representing the gathered and scattered church flowing with unity and purpose into the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea in turn represents the world in need of knowing Jesus (Ezek 47:10, Rev 22:2).

 

Sean Morris

Sean Morris (Chair)
Sean is the Senior Pastor of GROW inc Melbourne, a church focused on growing people to become all that God has called them to be in their world to advance the kingdom of God.

Sean travels nationally and internationally speaking in corporate, business and church settings. He has a great passion to see the kingdom of God advance and influence every domain of society. Sean is also involved in business leadership. Sean has been pastoring and planting churches since 1986. While planting churches in Austria, he lectured in the area of leadership for a number of years in the business school in Innsbruck Austria. Sean and Trudie live in Melbourne with their three children.

 Peter Kentley


Peter Kentley (Executive Director)
Peter flew as an airline pilot with Ansett in Australia and as an aircraft commander with Air Mauritius and Singapore Airlines. Peter served as an air safety development specialist with the International Federation of Airline Pilots and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Since the early 1980's Peter pioneered and developed Christian fellowship groups in the airlines both in Australia and overseas.  Peter was recently the CEO of Australian Marketplace Connections incorporating Integrated Leadership Groups which provides facilitated peer mentoring for business leaders. Peter is currently the Director of Marketplace Ministry at GROW Church in Ringwood. Peter is married to Robin and they have three children and six grand children.

  

Board

Sean Morris Chair Senior Pastor GROW inc
Peter Kentley Executive Director Former pilot and CEO of AMC
Paul de Mare Sec./Treasurer ACCESS ministries
Gary Hart Vice Chair Major Salvation Army
Lenyce Willason Victorian Director Catholic Charismatic Renewal
Dan Daniels CEO Daniels Corporation Pty Ltd
Funso Akin Ojelabi Pastor in Charge Asia Pacific Redeemed Christian Church of God
Lawrence Hirsch Director Celebrate Messiah
     

 


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