Values + Mission

The Gospel Changes Everything

We believe the whole Gospel is the pure objective truth and ultimate reality for creation. It's not just a realized subjective truth or a lifestyle for Christians. It is in the life, death, resurrection patterning found in the life of Jesus and the beautiful paradox written into all of His creation. Because it is so beautiful, we can't help but want to share it with believers, non-believers and the spiritually uninterested.

MISSION

For the individual
We exist to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ.

For the church
We exist to seek the spiritual, social and cultural renewal of South Florida through the transformative power of the Gospel*.

*The Gospel being the good news that God, in and through Christ Jesus, is making all things new

PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7

A CHURCH NOT FOR OURSELVES:
Below is our missional philosophy of ministry. We view the rhythm of gathering and sending as a simultaneous and continuous act. At Rio we believe that Christians in Fort Lauderdale should be for the flourishing of our wonderful city. Fort Lauderdale is not only a beautiful place but also a strategic place for the betterment of the world.

Being a hub for the arts, tourism, healthcare, trade, higher education, and many other industries, as well as having an increasing cosmopolitan and international community, Fort Lauderdale is uniquely poised to influence the world beyond itself.

Therefore, Christians are wise to see themselves as ‘salty people’ who do not stand at a distance from their city, but who seek to live beautifully within their city and to the watching world.