Important Facts About Petros Network
WHO IS PETROS NETWORK?
Founded by Ray Noah and Linda Noah, Lead Pastor of Portland Christian Center, Petros Network’s major aim is to build a partnership of individuals, churches and organizations with a passion for changing the world—one village at a time—by proclaiming the Gospel, winning the lost, making disciples and planting redemptive churches within local communities.
Our work has been, and will always be, a collaborative effort, networking local ministries with international sponsors. Here is a quick overview of our five-fold partnership:
- Missionary Pastor (Church Planter) – This is the frontline church planter, sent by the local denomination.
- Evangelical Denominations, local, district and Zonal Fellowships and local churches – Comprised of the indigenous evangelical denominations and individual churches of the region in which we work. They have ultimate oversight of the church plant.
- The Evangelical Church Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE) – Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE) is an umbrella organization with a view to increase coordination of member church activities for the promotion of fellowship and cooperation in Ethiopia. ECFE’s membership has now increased to 22 denominations with 29,805 local churches and 13 million believers while 29 para-church organizations within Ethiopia and 15 Ethiopian evangelical churches in Diaspora are represented as associate members.
- Petros Network’s Ethiopian Call Ministry – our Ethiopian team, made up of staff and volunteers, who assist local fellowships/denominations with the oversight, training and support of the missionaries. They also facilitate communications and reporting between the missionary and their international sponsor. Petros Network’s, Ethiopian Call is a spiritual, non-political, non-profit making and non-governmental organization established and registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia.
- The Sponsor – individuals, churches, and ministries in america and other first world nations who provide the prayer and financial support to send missionary pastors into remote villages to plant churches.
WHAT DOES PETROS NETWORK DO?
Petros Network’s primary purpose is planting churches, training spiritual leaders, funding church planters, developing community infrastructure and partnering resourcing organizations with indigenous congregations to create sustainable, change-effecting and reproducible churches in their unique locale.
WHERE DOES PETROS NETWORK WORK?
Petros Network is currently focusing attention on the Horn of Africa, which we believe to be the spiritual headwaters of a revival that will flow to all of Africa. Our church plants can be found in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. Plans are also in the works to plant churches Russia and Brazil.
WHAT ARE THE DISTINCTIVES OF PETROS NETWORK?
Petros Network’s core conviction and key strategy is to plant churches. This conviction/strategic unfolds in this seven-fold mission:
- The Local Church: Since Jesus is the only hope of the world, and since the best and most compelling expression of Jesus is the church planted in a community, our foundational mission conviction is to plant local churches in villages throughout Ethiopia!
- Unreached People: Since God places a high premium on reaching people who have never heard His Word, our foundational mission conviction is to preach the Gospel and plant churches only in unreached villages.
- Indigenous DNA: Since the Gospel is most effective when expressed in the language and customs of a local community, our foundational mission conviction is plant churches with the flavor of that culture and not our own.
- Cooperative Partnerships: Since collaborative effort among God’s people reflects His heart, honors His Word and expresses the unity He desires in His family, our foundational mission conviction is to connect first world resourcers with third world practitioners to serve the indigenous church.
- Sustainability: Since churches are healthiest when they are financially independent from their international partners, our foundational mission conviction is to plant churches that have the tools to become quickly sustainable.
- Reproduction: Since Christians are called not merely to evangelism, but to disciple-making, our foundational mission conviction is to plant churches that plant churches and to make disciples that make disciples.
- Redemptive Lift: Since the Kingdom of God is the truest and best catalyst for holistic transformation, our foundational mission conviction is to plant churches that become change agents in all aspects of the life of a community.
WHERE DOES THE NAME PETROS NETWORK COME FROM?
Petros Network derives both its name and calling from its mission verse, found in Matthew 16:18-19,
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The Greek word for Peter is “petros”, which means a small pebble. And it was upon Peter’s faith declaration that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” in Matthew 16:16 that Jesus said He would build His church into a prevailing, unstoppable force throughout the world. That faith declaration to which Jesus referred was the Greek word “petra”, a large mountain.
As we view ourselves, we are very much like Peter (petros)—small and insignificant—but our faith in and commitment to serve Christ’s purpose to build His church throughout the world is big and determined (petra). As we offer ourselves to His call, Christ himself has given us His blessing and authority to build prevailing, unstoppable churches in His name wherever we go.
The name Petros also provides a practical acronym for our missional values:
P—Planting the church in unchurched regions of the world
E—Equipping influencers (leaders) with best practices for Kingdom leadership
T—Transforming culture by inspiring healthy families and exceptional organizations
R—Resourcing sustainable micro businesses
O—Optimizing indigenous culture for growth and change
S—Serving the poor through humanitarian efforts
WHAT IS PETROS NETWORK’S PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY?
Knowing Jesus is the only hope of the world, and believing that the best and most compelling expression of Jesus is the church planted in a community, our sense is that through the church planting effort of the Petros Network, millions of people will experience salvation, and that ultimately, entire communities, whole regions and even entire nations will soon belong to Jesus Christ.
WHO LEADS PETROS NETWORK?
Petros Network is a non-profit religious organization founded and lead by Pastor Ray and Linda Noah. Ray Noah is also the lead pastor of Portland Christian Center. Petros Network is incorporation in the State of Oregon as an exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
International Offices are located at:
5700 SW Dosch Rd
Portland, Oregon 97239
National offices are located at:
The Ethiopian Call Ministry
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Director: Alayu Kebede
WHAT DOES PETROS NETWORK BELIEVE? (STATEMENT OF FAITH)
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals)
WHAT DOES PETROS NETWORK NOT BELIEVE?
The Petros Network does not strive to establish its own denomination from the churches it plants, nor does it seek to create Americanized churches in the third world context. It does not believe in creating dependency among these churches financially or otherwise. It does not believe in taking any glory from its church planting success for itself, but that the glory must go to God alone—Soli Deo Gloria!
WHAT DOES PETROS NETWORK CONSIDER A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH PLANT?
A successful church plant is one that is passionately evangelical, doctrinally rooted in sound Biblical theology, self-sustaining without need of outside assistance, reproducing itself by aligning its resources to plant other churches and creating a redemptive lift in the community in which it exists.
WHO DOES PETROS NETWORK SEEK TO PARTNER WITH?
- Petros Network’s mission is to extend the Kingdom of God and strengthen the African church, not to create our own denomination. For that reason, we are committed to working with and being accountable to the Evangelical Church Fellowship of Ethiopia as well as individual denominations and local church leaders.
- Likewise, we realize that in addition to our expertise and resources, the task of fulfilling this God-sized vision of planting 10,000 churches in Ethiopia and influencing that culture with Kingdom values will require a multitude of likeminded ministry partners. We actively look to partner with like-minded partners who can help us to be God’s hand extended through orphan support, sustainable business/job development, medical relief, home and church construction, safe water and sanitation, sustainable farming and food distribution, etc.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES PETROS NETWORK FROM OTHER SIMILAR GROUPS?
Petros Network is uniquely committed to planting churches among unreached people. If an evangelical church currently exists in an area, Petros will not go to that area. Following Jesus’ example in Word and Deed, Petros Network mission is two-fold:
1. PROCLAIMING the Good News by Planting Local Churches in Unreached Communities. Since Jesus is the only hope of the world, and since the best and most compelling expression of Jesus is the church planted in a local community, our foundational mission conviction is to develop indigenous ministry leaders and plant local churches within unreached people groups.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CHURCH PLANTER?
A missionary pastor is selected by their denomination or local fellowship, and remains accountable and under the spiritual authority of these governing bodies. This man or woman is then sent to an unreached village to preach the Gospel and ultimately plant a church. In some cases, if the villages are too small to sustain a church, a preaching point will be established.
- He/She must be obedient to their local church and denomination.
- He/She must be in alignment with our evangelical beliefs. We work with 19 different denominations that adhere to our essential Christian doctrines as spelled out in the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.
- He/She must be more than 23 years of age.
- He/She must have experience in church planting.
- He/She must demonstrate a high quality of life and have accepted Christ at least 5 years ago.
- He/She must be teachable, respectful, faithful and honest.
- He/She must have a visionary call to plant churches and advance the Kingdom of God.
- He/She must commit to a 2-year initial training and then ongoing pastoral and leadership development.
We support trained missionary pastors for up to a two-year term, which may be extended under certain circumstances. The missionary is expected to establish the church within that first year, and must have twenty-five converts to qualify as a church. Though a missionary is assigned a particular village, he will often reach three or four villages in the area during that year.