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To Glorify God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ among All People
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Mission Statement: Our Passion- Why do we exist? To glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ among all people. Our Picture- What does a Disciple look like? * Disciples value Christ's worship, so we faithfully GATHER for praise and preaching. * Disciples value Christ's word, so we diligently GROW by doing life in small groups. * Disciples value Christ's work, so we sacrificially GIVE of our abilities and resources. * Disciples value Christ's witness, so we aggressively GO share the gospel with others. Our Process- How do we do it? We make disciples by helping people navigate a strategic spiritual growth trail. Using the four points of the compass above as a guide, we intentionally move them from gathering for worship (north) to growing in small groups (south) to giving their abilities and resources (west) and ultimately to going out to tell others about Christ (east). We are committed to communicating this process in understandable ways, arranging all of our ministries and staff around it, and abandoning everything that doesn't directly contribute to it. We also aggressively seek to multiply worship venues, small groups and ministry and mission teams at various times and places to foster participation. This simple process enables us to be less inhibited by facilities, location and finances, and better positioned to invest all of our energies and resources in disciple-making!
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Fax Number: (303) 433-1370

TollFree: (877) 455-4673

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Neighborhoods:
Jefferson Park, Northwest Denver
Categories:
Baptist Churches, Churches & Places of Worship, General Baptist Churches, Southern Baptist Churches, Religious Organizations
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Parking: Lot, Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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07/13/2012

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My husband and I went to the s...

My husband and I went to the services here for several months solid in early 2012. After spending many years not involved with church and living "in the world", we both decided it was time to change things. Our first experience was nice. The pastor came over to us and chatted for a few minutes. During the service, we wondered where all the young people were. As a young couple in our early 30s, we definitely wanted to connect with some other people our age, but it seemed like everything from the music to the sermon to the general tone of the place were geared more toward the older set. That's fine, but seemed a little odd for a large church with placement right next to the Broncos Stadium and so close to downtown. We expected things to be a bit different. We filled out the communication card and decided to come back the next week to try again.



This time we tried the later service time, but it was the same. The following Wednesday we received a message on our answering machine from the pastor saying he had been happy to meet us and would keep calling until he reached us. He never called again. But, we continued going to the services.



Finally, we got in touch with two of the young adult ministers and even had lunch with them and their wives. They were nice enough, but had all grown up in the church, then gone off to Christian colleges, and then all got jobs within the church. Again, this seemed an odd choice of staffing due to the fact that the church seems to really be into outreach in the downtown area. Not that these folks don't do a good job, but it's can sometimes be difficult to connect with people who haven't at least partially been in your shoes. I openly shared parts of my story and felt incredibly judged. Maybe it was just me, but even my husband said he felt extremely uncomfortable because we weren't in the same "religious class." It was clear these ministers hadn't really "been there" and couldn't quite grasp the outside world. We left the lunch feeling a little strange and never heard from any of the ministers or their wives again.



The last service we attended was one in which Pastor Jim seemed to be on a mission to make everyone in the place feel very guilty. I understand that Baptist pastors "have" to give these types of sermons, but as someone who grew up in a strict Southern Baptist household I can also say these sermons are SO unhealthy. That's one of the reason why I stopped going to church. Constantly being told you are a bad person and not good enough is hard on a young person..and adults too! And my husband, who did not grow up in this type of environment, was completely turned off by the sermon and refused to go back to "that church." I didn't blame him.



I had such high hopes for this place, but hate to say that it fell very short. From our experience, it seemed as though Riverside is more concerned with keeping its current members happy, but not as concerned with reaching out to new people that need a loving, REAL church home. We haven't gone to church since and I'm not sure how long it will take for us to repair from this experience.

12/14/2009

Overall
A place to call home.

We have had a great experience visiting this church. Our two elementary kids really like their classes. (M-PACT groups are what they are called at this church.) They come home each week with a fun project they have made reminding them of their Bible story for the morning. After their class, the kids are taken to the gym where they have a children's church while we go to worship in the regular service. We enjoy hearing Pastor Shaddix and like the friendly atmosphere there as well as the strong Bible teaching. The kids come out of their special service telling of all they did plus they are meeting some new friends. We feel they are well cared for and are learning bible truths while having fun. Just what we are looking for! After being here for a few weeks and being consistently pleased, we do plan on making this our regular church. So glad to have found it!

11/25/2009

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Looking for a church home?

I was visiting churches week after week and somewhat discouraged, until I stepped inside Riverside Baptist! I was so excited to finally find a church where I was not only warmly received, but even over time, I've consistently found the teaching soundly Biblical (Genesis to Revelation -- nothing more and nothing less), and the Senior Pastor is so down to earth, yet eloquent AND relevent in his teaching. He's very approachable and it seems the staff really enjoy their ministries and work as a team. Even the children have activities that are fun and educational for their age groups. Their small group ministry (for all ages) called "M-Pact" is a major strength at Riverside, providing weekly meetings where their people can (as they put it) "do life together." If you are looking for a "faith family," and a place to really grow as a Believer, Riverside is a place you can call home.



Blanche

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2401 Alcott StDenverCO 80211

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