• interested in making Romanian friends?
    are you searching for God?
    meet a dynamic and welcoming Romanian community
    meet a community of authentic and principled Christians
    find God and make friends
  • accepted as you are, without prejudice or judgements
    challenged and helped to change in Christ's image
    disappointed of yourself and of life?
    wounded by the people around you and abandoned by God?
    sceptic about God and Christianity
  • raise your children in a right and relevant way, if you are a parent
    be what God intended you to be, if you are young
    are you young and preoccupied by integrating in the American culture?
    are you a parent and you want a biblical but contemporary education for your child?
    do you want to seed authentic Romanian values within the young generations?

Word of Life

A proper context to live differently

About us

develop a trustful relation with us, by understanding who we are, what we believe in and live upon

Our ministry vision

The entire perspective of our church ministry is given by 3 essential values. First, we are focused on the relationship with God, not on religiosity or traditionalism. Then, we are purpose, not program oriented. And finally, we are focused on people, not on activities. Therefore, our philosophy of ministry describes the way we approach the mission God has given us.

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God is incomprehensible in His eternity, holiness and transcendence. At the same time, real faith does not reside in philosophical, moral or religious doctrines but in the development of a profound relationship with God. However, God has revealed Himself in the Bible, His unfailing Word. Therefore, our church has established its existence on several beliefs regarding God and the relationship with Him, as revealed in the Scriptures.

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implies the development of an authentic and profound relationship, leading to knowing God; by knowing God, we get an accurate perspective on the Universe, on the world, on the human being and on eternity; one’s relationship with God cannot exist without repentance and faith and it cannot grow without a sincere and consistent practice of the spiritual disciplines; consequently, in our congregation, we are focused on setting up relevant contexts through which people can have the opportunity to meet God, be born again and have their life changed forever; in our church, we also develop specific contexts for the believers to practice spiritual disciplines, so that they would get to know God in a more profound and practical way.
is based on the fact that God has revealed Himself and His salvation plan through the collection of documents composing the Holy Scriptures – the Bible; God’s revelation in the Bible, in its original form, is perfect, without fault and true; therefore, everything necessary for knowing God, salvation, life living and eternity can be found in the Bible; consequently, in our congregation, the philosophy of ministry, the teaching, our decisions, discipline and way of organizing things is filtered through the principles of the Scriptures; while we encourage understanding God within the context of Creation and intimacy with God, the Bible - God’s word, however, is the ultimate filter we use to understand and fulfil His will.
represents a consistent decision to live according to God’s good, pleasant and perfect will; as long as the intimacy with God and the authority of the Scriptures are real in our lives, they should be reflected in the fact that we live according to God’s character and His revealed will on a daily basis; therefore, within our congregation, we promote and insist that every member should live their life in integrity, based on the morals reflected by God’s character and by His Word; for this purpose, we have created contexts for people to be taught about ethics and morality, in which they can hold each other accountable and are helped to discipline themselves.
is based on the perspective that God has created each of us in an unique way and, at the same time, He has harmoniously put us in one congregation; this balance allows everyone to use their own natural and supernatural talents with the purpose of bringing harmony, synergy and efficiency in fulfilling the purpose that has brought us together; therefore, we encourage each member of the congregation to develop and to be part of the Christian ministry according to their natural talents and spiritual gifts but we also promote an environment of order, effectiveness and alignment to the philosophy of our church ministry.
stands for the fact that the church is called to be salt and light in this world; consequently, the church needs to be connected to the needs, problems and accomplishments of the world it exists in; this way, the church has to be in the world but not like the world; it has to remain biblical and contemporary at the same time; for this reason, in our congregation, believers are encouraged to relate to the accomplishments and problems of the society they live in, to develop relationships and influence people so that they become salt and light wherever they are needed; the activities and projects of the church are carried out with the purpose of taking biblical values into a world separated from God.


means that the entire orientation of the activity in our church is determined by its purpose; according to this, the planning and decision making process as well as the selection of opportunities are made according to the ministry philosophy in our church; this requires ongoing evaluation and adjustment in order to reach the purpose God has called us to; this practice makes us good stewards, people who do not waste God’s resources but manage them wisely.
stands for extending the leadership and ministry beyond one individual’s capacity; this means that people work together to establish the direction, make decisions and undertake various roles within teams both for the church and for specific departments or ministries of the congregation; by creating this kind of ministry culture, we extend leadership on each level within the congregation, beyond the limitations of one person; it also provides a framework for new leaders to emerge and grow, allowing them to use their multiple talents, gifts and callings; furthermore, it reduces human errors and the tendency to overdo things; this practice follows God’s model as trinity and the leadership example given by the Early Church.
means that our church members are involved in spreading the Gospel by developing high quality, biblical relationships with non-believers; we encourage our church members to embody the Gospel wherever they live, work or study so that they have the opportunity to present Jesus Christ to people and help them decide to follow God; this requires an audacious way of living, inductive communication and the courage to challenge their friends for a decision; this sets up a context for each member of the church to become a skillful sower or an effective fisher of people.
means that believers grow in the way they live their faith and invest in others in a natural way, until this becomes part of their lifestyle; by this practice, we encourage people to become part of a growing process, within a discipleship structure based on small groups or home-churches; this also includes the development of a culture in which people are encouraged to be part of a discipleship group or a home church on one hand, and to initiate and lead such groups according to their spiritual maturity, on the other hand; this practice most helps church members grow, multiply and eventually extend leadership, which will ultimately lead to planting new churches.
implies the development of a Scripture study style which starts from information to conclusions and not the other way round; it requires a careful and thorough observation of the biblical text followed by an accurate interpretation and correspondence with the initial meaning of the text leading eventually to an individual and congregation application of the principles and truths discovered; by using this inductive approach, the text of the Scripture no longer becomes an excuse for supporting our own preconceptions and prejudices; furthermore, this practice requires an inductive approach on the Scriptures both in our individual study and in the teaching of the congregation.


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A team of leaders who are visionaries servants dedicated

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Adrian Lauran

Pastor Adrian approaches all his life and ministry from the perspective of this saying "If you want to walk fast, walk alone! But if you want to walk far, walk together"

Peter Mann

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Mihai Bascuti

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We are here to serve you

Word of life is a vibrant Romanian Baptist Church open to all ages in Northeast Portland, Oregon, close to I-205 and Glisan Street. If you are looking for a church to get involved in, or if you are looking for God, we are inviting you to join us. Come and experience the difference that God, a healthy teaching of Scriptures and a loving community can make in your life.

We remind you that you can join us for our meetings every Sunday, for worship and Bible teaching

    • every Sunday | What is a biblical ekklesia?
    • from 5p to 7p @Mitchell Hall inside Central Bible
    • 8815 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220
    • every Thursday | The Marriage Builder - a study by Dr. Larry Crabb
    • from 7p to 9p
    • 14933 SW Forest Ave, Sherwood, OR 97140
    • every other Friday | Church Dynamics - a study by Gene A. Getz
    • from 7p to 9p
    • 5084 SE King Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222