River Valley Leadership Institute


Potential Unleashed


River Valley Leadership Institute is designed to engage students in intentional, practical, world-changing leadership development while earning college credit. Emerging leaders have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as they develop character and build leadership competency in one of our ministry tracks.

Ultimately, students have the opportunity to discern and refine their unique callings as they apply knowledge learned in the classroom to areas of passion in ministry.


Mission Statement

RVLI exists to equip young leaders in their process of discovering and developing their God-given gifts for the local church.




Personal and professional development doesn’t happen by accident, it’s an intentional process that is at the core of RVLI. Our focus on the development of your character & competency comes back to the mission of River Valley Church: to lead people to an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Proximity to both local and national leaders, ministry mentors, leadership labs, and Lifeteams provide an ongoing framework for growth.


RVLI features two leadership focuses:

PASTORAL - Pastoral, Global Project, Youth, Go Kids, Connections/Lifegroups
CREATIVE ARTS - Graphic Design, Live Production, Marketing, Video Production, Worship

Not only do students have the opportunity to gain practical ministry experience, they also have the option to earn college credit through Southeastern University as well as become credentialed as ministers of the Assemblies of God.


We develop and train leaders that will change the world. River Valley Church has global perspective and global influence with one international campuses in Swaziland, Africa. We also support 200+ missionaries and ministries and send 50 Global Teams every year. 


Apply for Fall 2017

or Summer 2018

Application Deadlines - May 1 // August 1


Track Descriptions

+ Film and Motion Graphics

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Developing and producing short films for weekends and ministries.
  • Designing and animating key art for every series.
  • Animating lower thirds for weekend media. (Title, names, points).
  • Creating fully animated videos for weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of Adobe products including Premier and After Effects.
  • Basic knowledge of animation. (Knowing the different keyframes and how to edit them.)
  • Basic design knowledge.
  • Basic knowledge of Cinema 4D.

+ Photography & Social Media

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Participation in series, event, and general brainstorming and branding.
  • Creation of content for social media campaigns.
  • Capturing photography for select ministries and events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge with Adobe software, especially Photoshop, Lightroom.
  • Experience with DSLR and could bring your own photography gear.
  • Copywriting experience.
  • The ability to work quickly under pressure and quick deadlines.
  • An eagerness to learn and a passion for creativity.

+ Web Design & Development

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Reviewing all sites for bugs or inconsistencies.
  • Designing necessary splash pages or new requests.
  • Refactoring old code to best practices and standards.
  • Brainstorming strategies for future redesigns.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic development languages: HTML5, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Ruby are our core languages.
  • Popular framework knowledge: Foundation 6, JQuery, Ruby on Rails.
  • Version control: we work with Git and Github heavily with our repositories.
  • Design softwares: Adobe Photoshop, Sketch.
  • Basic understanding of current web trends and emerging practices.

+ Graphic Design

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Participation in series, event, and general brainstorming and branding.
  • Creation of digital and print materials.
  • Production of weekend worship experience media elements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge with Adobe software, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • The ability to work quickly under pressure and quick deadlines.
  • An eagerness to learn and a passion for design.

+ Global Project (Missions)

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Learn River Valley value and emphasis of missions.
  • Discover our model for engaging the local church in global missions.
  • Providing support for the Global Project infrastructure.
  • Assist the Global Project team with various projects and initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Servant-hearted
  • Missions-minded
  • Self-motivated
  • Problem-solver

+ Production

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Weekend service support in audio, video, lighting, cameras and screen presentation.
  • Weekend service preparation (ProPresenter, light programming, stage setup, etc.).
  • Weekly campus production meetings.
  • Occasional central production meetings.
  • Serve at all-church events (similar to weekend responsibilities).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of audio, video and lighting in a production setting.
  • Flexibility in last-minute weekend service changes.
  • Teachable attitude.
  • Understanding of current trends and techniques in audio, video and lighting.
  • Ability to lead volunteers effectively.

+ Connections

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Working on many various Connections projects and initiatives.
  • Helping with Lifeteams on the weekends.
  • Helping plan Connections events.
  • Weekly database processes and reports.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to multitask.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Passionate about building community.
  • Computer literate.
  • Creative and flexible.
  • Able to keep confidentiality.
  • Some writing experience is great, but not necessary.

+ Worship

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with the Weekend Worship experiences.
  • Songwriting and music production projects.
  • Help build Ableton sets for worship services.
  • Assist with various administration needs in the worship department.
  • Assist with Team Nights and Master Classes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An active and growing relationship with God.
  • Understanding of basic music theory and harmony including the Nashville Number System.
  • Relevant experience and basic skills on one or more of the following instruments: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Voice.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Leadership skills.

+ Youth

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Attend YTH Leader meetings.
  • Be available to chaperone YTH trips such as camps and Youth Convention.
  • Help setup and teardown for Ignite on Sundays and YTH on Wednesdays.
  • Attend campus staff meetings.
  • Lead YTH Squads and be available to mentor students.
  • Communicate with YTH team and volunteer leaders.
  • Assist in creative planning and execution of events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience serving in youth ministry.
  • A personal calling to youth.
  • Administrative skills.
  • Nunchuck skills.
  • Ability to receive instruction and constructive criticism.
  • Must have exquisite taste in coffee.

+ Go Kids

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Serve in Go Kids every weekend.
  • Help prep classrooms/supplies for the weekend.
  • Communicate with volunteers and kids.
  • Assist with brainstorming and executing events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passionate about kids.
  • Likes administration AND teaching.
  • Flexibility is your mojo.
  • Likes to have fun.
  • Receives instruction well and knows how to execute.
  • Can proudly defend your favorite cartoon character.

+ Pastoral

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Attend and support weekend services.
  • Weekend service preparation.
  • Weekly Staff Meetings.
  • Serve at campus events.
  • Learn the culture of River Valley Church.

Preferred Qualifications

  • You love Jesus.
  • Heart for the lost and to disciple.
  • Teachable/Eager to learn.
  • Ability to create and lead through relationships.
  • Adaptable to change.