Acts 29 in Italy
A growing family of theologically defined and driven gospel-centred, church-planting churches engaging, for God's glory and by His grace, to see healthy gospel-centred churches planted and grown throughout Italy.
ITALY: NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
60 million people
8000 comuni (cities, towns or villages) of which more than 85% have no Evangelical church
50% of the population live in towns of less than 50,000 people
75% of people in Italy are Roman Catholic. Less than a quarter of these are practicing.
0.6-0.8% (4500 churches) are Evangelical/Protestant of all kinds
In certain areas of Italy there is 1 Evangelical church for every 45,000 people!
0.004% (50 churches?) would identify themselves theologically as reformed Evangelicals
Few Italian pastors have theological training or are full-time pastors
Few churches have an intentional, well-defined vision or plan for church-planting
Some needs and gospel-opportunities:
Unreached towns and specific areas of Italy: areas of Puglia, Sardegna, Abruzzo, Veneto, Brianza, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Toscana
Prostitution & Human-trafficking: up to 9 million 'clients'
Universities: only 30% have campus ministries
Migration & Refugees: almost 6 million people - "...the world has come to our doorstep..."
Events planned throughout the year: RELAZIONE - Impatto family retreat, FORMAZIONE - Impatto intense training weekends (2 annually), APPLICAZIONE - Impatto Conference (boot-camp), CONVERSAZIONE (occasional thematic events).
Fully-operational assessments in Italian and coaching. Strong emphasis on walking alongside the couples to enable them to be effective in their ministry.
IMPATTOPRINT - quality literature projects in Italian (currently available in Italian: Total Church, Gospel-centred family, Meal with Jesus...)
Leadership team: Jonathan Gilmore (National Director), Rob Krause (Training Coordinator), Justin Valiquette (Coaching Coordinator), Elio Vannnelli (Assessment Coordinator) and Gian Luca Derudas (Administration Coordination).
10 new church plants from IMPATTO churches: intentional formation and conversations for Impatto members in terms of how they are or should be developing a vision for church‐planting in their churches, resourcing of churches in view of church‐planting (how, who, what).
20 new church‐planters recruited: through Percorsi and other training options, internships, relational connections.
5 business in mission initiatives to be started as significant platforms of opportunity for church‐planting.
IMPATTO ON MISSION
An exciting project is the development of a strategic partnership between Impatto & Albania. The focus is a gospel-centred church-planting movement in Albania! Together we are exploring the right and best ways to make this gospel-partnership successful.