Called to proclaim the Kingdom of God
The deepest motivations of the work of NET Foundation arise from the words of the Lord Jesus to His disciples, to proclaim the Kingdom of God worldwide and to teach all nations. This actually took place after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Today, tens of thousands of (lay) pastors and evangelists around the world know that they are following the apostles to proclaim the words of the Bible in their environment. However, the vast majority of these people (around 90%) have received insufficient Biblical and practical equipment for this. As a result, many preachers – often unknowingly and unintentionally – are open to incorrect Biblical views about the character and impact of the Gospel in people’s lives and local communities. In particular, all kinds of derivative forms of the so-called prosperity gospel have a damaging influence on the preaching and distribution of the Gospel.
Our vision and mission
NET Foundation wants to provide these lay pastors with the knowledge, skills and guidance they need. We do this in collaboration with local Bible-based congregations and educational institutions so that they can perform the work as a pastor or evangelist with faithfulness and ability (2 Timothy 2: 2). Our desire is that the local pastor or church leader, through his calling and ministry, will see fruit at work in the local church and community and be more resilient against wrong influences from outside. Our mission is to equip, guide and encourage pastors for work in God’s Kingdom. To make that possible, it is important that they not only possess Biblical and theological knowledge, but also that they are also able to carry out their work with ‘head, heart and hands’, based on an inner conviction and with practical skills. To make this possible, NET Foundation wants to connect as much as possible with the context of its target group and make use of the efforts of local employees and partner schools.
Our identity and core values
NET Foundation wants to pursue its mission and goal from a Biblical perspective. This means that NET regards Scripture as the infallible Word of God. NET Foundation wants to be in line with the Early Church as expressed, among others, in the Westminster Confession.
Important core values for the work of NET Foundation are:
– Dependence on the Holy Spirit through the Word and prayer.
– Faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone, glory to God alone.
– Collaboration with local reliable partners and employees on a reciprocal basis.
– Inspiring Christians in our followers to be involved with God’s Kingdom worldwide.
The composition of the NET board is as follows: Rev. Laurens den Butter (chairman), Rens Rottier (second chairman), Tineke van der Waal-Goudriaan (secretary), Dr. Henk Kievit (treasurer), Steven Middelkoop , Prof. Mart-Jan Paul and Dr Rik van Groningen. Raymond Warnaar is the general director.
At our office in Apeldoorn (and online remotely) we work with a group of motivated employees and volunteers.
Edgar Baldeón, Henriëtte Giesberts, Wilfred van der Kooij, Rob Jansen, Jacob Karels, Elise Lichtenberg, Fabricio Medina, Gerard Middelkoop, Gert Nieuwenhuis, Ad de Pater, Rina van Pelt, Hanny Roeleveld, Henk Speksnijder, Adriaan Verwijs, Raymond Warnaar, Monique van der Werf, Corien de Wit.
Where we work
We mainly work in areas where the church has few equipped pastors and where the church is persecuted or discriminated, for example, countries such as Cuba, Pakistan or Colombia. We also have our own study centers in Ecuador, Kenya and Uganda. Support for activities in other areas is currently taking place in China, Colombia, Croatia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore and other countries.
NET Foundation works worldwide with local Bible schools and theological seminaries. This has major advantages: they know the culture and speak the language! The way of cooperation can differ in each country. It is important that we recognise each other in terms of identity, mission and professionalism and that we are prepared to work together on the basis of equality. NET often comes into contact with local training courses through the networks of GZB, ZGG, Open Doors, ZOA, IRS, SEZ, Overseas Council and other (diaconal) mission organisations. In recent years, NET has cooperated with around 50 local training institutions.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
NET at a glance
2006- Initial phase
August 29, 2006: formal foundation of NET Foundation. The chairman of the board is Maarten Burggraaf, former rector of the Dutch Christian University (CHE). Raymond Warnaar was appointed as director. First collaborations started with mission organisations and theological seminaries in Ecuador, Colombia and the Netherlands.
2009- Pioneering phase
NET Foundation supported new Bible schools in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Namibia and South Africa to equip online students. More than two thousand students participated in theological education online. NET moved to the Dutch city of Apeldoorn in 2012 and together with Berlinde Bouw a new start was made to involve volunteers in the work of NET.
2012- Building phase
Through collaboration with Bible schools in Mexico, Bethlehem, the Arabian Peninsula and Kenya, many isolated pastors and evangelists could be equipped online. The number of students worldwide grew towards five thousand. A team of 15 enthusiastic employees and volunteers supported NET’s work in global projects and in fundraising and communication.
2016- Evaluation phase
NET was involved in a specific project in Uganda, where many lay pastors in remote areas could not be equipped online. Reflection took place: how could we still reach this target group? By NET study centres! We started to develop a personal curriculum with 9 themes for lay preachers, including basic materials and video lessons.
2019 – Anniversary
In addition to collaboration with local Bible schools, NET decided to open its own study centers in Kenya, Uganda, India, Pakistan, Cuba and Ecuador. The course material was further developed and contextualised, and was translated by local staff. September 2019: Introduction of the new corporate identity.