Every Nation is a worldwide family of churches and ministries that exists to Honour God by planting Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation. Since it was established in 1994, Every Nation has been making disciples, training leaders, and planting churches on six continents. Our vision is to see a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church that will reflect the fact that everything we do is for the glory of Jesus Christ.
With Patria being part of Every Nation International Ministries, we firmly believe in raising and equipping the next generation and in establishing and planting new congregations around the world. Our immediate world in the Southern Cape includes an amazing bunch of towns and cities around George, and therefore our immediate focus is to plant a congregation in each of the cities surrounding George. These cities include: Mosselbaai (planted/merged in 2015), Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Heidelberg. Smaller towns will be included as time goes.
It is our heart to see Jesus glorified, and families restored. Our focus is to plant churches that will disciple people to the Truth. If we can restore families, our community will be better off.
The Patria family came into existence on August 14th 1991. In the beginning we related to IFCC (International Fellowship of Christian Churches) but when Ed Roebert, a founding member of IFCC went to be with the Lord we had no apostolic leader to relate to. Then in 2004 we were exposed to the vision, philosophy and apostolic leaders of Every Nation and joined in 2005.
Patria was called with a core mission to see families restored to the Lord so we soon had a close affinity with the five core values of the greater Every Nation family of churches. The core values of Lordship, Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership and Family were already among the core values already embraced by Patria. Being part of a family is not just being able to identify with the core values and vision but also being able to submit to the apostolic leaders. The IMT (International Ministry Team) with Steve Murrel as the president, is the team that oversees and functions across international borders. The ALT (Apostolic Leadership Team) is the Southern African team that has oversight of churches in the Southern African context.
Roger Pearce, our Southern African apostolic leader, heads up the ALT. A team of about ten men who carry apostolic responsibilities across the region also serve on the ALT. Dave serves on the ALT representing the Eastern Cape sub-region. The main responsibilities and duties of the trans-local team that involves the Patria family are the planting of churches throughout the region and church/family health. Our involvement will be to serve on this trans-local team that functions in the Eastern Cape region.
Stelios is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) used as the vehicle to live out the mandate Christ has given – it is the social responsibility leg of our congregation (Patria Family Church).
We realised that our responsibility as Church lies in the bigger community, and therefore we need to live out the Kingdom mandate and bring change in the city we live in. Stelios was birthed from the Word that says that the “Sons of God will stand as Pillars in this world” – the name Stelios is the Greek word for Pillar.
We currently have the following ministries as part of Stelios (each ministry has a department head overseeing and governing that ministry.):
Our vision is to offer non-threatening, loving and caring environment where people can come and be brought to wholeness through and encounter and living relationship with Jesus Christ. Where they can receive help, be built up personally and be enriched in their family relationship.
Our vision also includes: Preparing couples for marriage, Equipping couples to have a whole marriage, Helping people to become whole parents, Women’s mentoring groups, Men’s mentoring groups, Strengthening and blessing families, Ministering to families in crisis e.g. (Marital problems, Coping with divorce, Grieving through the loss of someone, Addictions, Financial planning, Depression and fears, Loss of identity and purpose, Abused women).
Stelios PBO No: 930051467
Income Tax Ref No: 9351070181