A network of Urban Missionaries who use missional initiatives to plant neighborhood-centered churches around the city of Portland.

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REACHING THE UNREACHED

We believe UMI is God’s battle plan to reach a culture that is increasingly resistant to the gospel.

Petros Network, as a church planting movement, has planted thousands of churches in rural villages in the developing world. Early in our history we began asking the question, “What about our local city?” Using the same missionary mindset as church planters in the developing world, we began to look at our city through new eyes to reframe and retool our traditional thinking to form the Urban Missions Initiative. With God’s help, the Urban Missions Initiative’s incarnational, neighborhood-centric model will work in any setting, in any culture, and in any city. As Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18)

THE UMI STRATEGY

We believe UMI is God’s battle plan to reach a culture that is increasingly resistant to the gospel.

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PARTNER WITH US

Do you have a heart to spread the gospel and plant a life-giving church? We’re here to help.

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SUPPORT A LEADER

Launching a church planter and a faith community takes resources and you can help.

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RESOURCES, MENTORING

Reaching the Unreached requires a heart that loves people in the way they need to be loved.

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COMMUNITY DINNERS, and…

One of our creative methods is hosting community dinners in multiple locations in Portland. A community dinner is a great place to have discussion about life and spiritual matters.

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“I am going to breathe life into Portland. Do you want to be a part of that?”

This was a direct word from the Lord to Mark and Tracy Seger, Cultural Architects of the Urban Missions Initiative, as they prayed about coming to Portland to plant a church.

As the Segers were to soon find out, planting yet another church in Portland using traditional methods would not yield the kind of fruit they were anticipating when they arrived. After launching a church with a team that had been imported from outside the city, it imploded within six months. Mark and Tracy’s dream had just died. Or so it seemed…

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Portland, Urban Missions Initiative

URBAN MISSIONS INITIATIVE

Without large budgets, big buildings and seminary trained leaders, a UMI plant is light, mobile, and “easily” reproducible. Without compromising the gospel but creatively releasing the gospel messenger, the Urban Mission Initiative will bring God to a people who were designed by their Creator to need him and to long for relationship with him. While Portlanders have excluded a personal God from their worldview and have marginalized the church of God to the edges of relevance, that which they stubbornly resist is the very thing they desperately desire. Only the people of God proclaiming truth of God in an authentic, loving and incarnational way will rescue Portland from itself. Read more….