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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

RVLI students will have the opportunity to engage with others through track specific cohorts and monthly leadership labs while implementing what they learn in real-time ministry contexts.


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. 


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.
River Valley Leadership Institute is a ministry of River Valley Church. Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) partners with River Valley Church to host an instructional site on the church campus, and offer students affordable degree programs


We believe academics are a crucial part of the RVLI experience, which is why we strive to create valuable learning experiences. Students will have the opportunity to earn an Associates or Bachelors degree from Southeastern University after two to four years in the program. Students will take online classes while engaging with other students through weekly study halls.


Apply for January 2020

Application Deadline // December 1