italy / europe

Spiritual Climate

The majority of the people in this boot-shaped country stay culturally Catholic despite their increasing skepticism of the church in general. Each religion has equal freedom before the law, but this isn't the case in actual practice. Organized crime networks are very familiar to the nation, but even with these social evils, Italy remains a stranger to widespread Biblical revival. Christian leadership training and church planting are two key actions that can have tremendous impact not only in the nation, but the Kingdom.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Italy is the land of Vatican City, the Holy Roman See and the Pope, but most Italians don't know what it means to have a deep relationship with God. It's common for people to take part in the church's traditional rituals without understanding what these things mean or why they do them. Even faithful Catholics often practice a religion mixed with superstition. In this post-Christian culture, it can no longer be assumed that people believe in such basic truths as the existence of God or the authority of Scripture.
— Carre Gardner

Increasing acceptance of diversity within the Church bears witness to a gradual change from the decades, even centuries, of division within Protestantism. There is a growing sense of grace and acceptance of appropriate theological differences.
— Operation World

More about Italy

A Couple Raw Facts

Muslim Illustration

Muslims have grown rapidly through legal and illegal immigration to nearly 1.5 million, 70% of whom are North African.


More than 70% of Italy’s 8,101 comuni (communities ranging from small village to large city) are without an established Bible-believing congregation.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Italy

WorldVenture entered Naples after World War II during a time when public preaching was forbidden and permits for church buildings were not available. The ministry bore little fruit until the 1960s. During the 1980s, evangelistic tent campaigns were bringing hundreds of new believers to WorldVenture associated churches. This method of evangelism infused the churches with a vitality that still continues today. Ministry in Rome, which started in the 1970s, is experiencing the same type of resistance that was encountered in Naples.

Today &

Italy Team Goals

WorldVenture Italy believes that the fastest way to reach the Italian people for Jesus Christ and to expand the kingdom to the final frontiers of the harvest is through planting indigenous churches. In order to reach this ambitious goal, the ministry is dedicated to extending grace to Italy by acts of mercy and evangelism. New groups of believers are being transformed into churches rooted and grounded in the Word and associated with other churches.

Leaders in these churches will be equipped and sent to other areas of Italy and the world, where the process will be repeated. Evangelists must be able to model evangelism as a lifestyle. Church planters must have a vision of how cell groups and home groups function and how they can be used in the formation of new churches.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here








Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

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India court rejects Italian marines' travel appeals - BBC News

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India court rejects Italian marines' travel appeals
BBC News
India's Supreme Court has rejected travel appeals of the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012. The court refused permission to Salvatore Girone to travel to Italy for Christmas. It also rejected Massimiliano Latorre's ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:42:59 AM

Italy trade unions strike over Renzi's labour reforms - BBC News

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Italy trade unions strike over Renzi's labour reforms
BBC News
But Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says Italy needs mobility of labour. The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader will have to find a way to overcome the striking unions' opposition - something his many predecessors failed to do, the BBC's James ...

Friday, December 12, 2014 3:29:04 AM

2024 Olympics: Italy PM Matteo Renzi confirms Rome bid - BBC News

BBC News

2024 Olympics: Italy PM Matteo Renzi confirms Rome bid
BBC News
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made the announcement on Monday at an event in the city attended by the head of the Italian Olympic Committee. Mr Renzi said at the event: "Our country too often seems hesitant. It's unacceptable not to try... or to ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 10:00:43 AM

Virna Lisi, Italian film star, dies aged 78 - BBC News

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Virna Lisi, Italian film star, dies aged 78
BBC News
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 78. Lisi, feted for her beauty and blonde locks, carved out a successful career in Hollywood, starring in films such as ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:11:43 PM

RWC 2015: Wales face Ireland and Italy in warm-up matches - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

RWC 2015: Wales face Ireland and Italy in warm-up matches
BBC Sport
Wales and Ireland have confirmed the dates on which they will face each other ahead of the 2015 World Cup. As well as hosting Ireland on Saturday, 8 August and going to Dublin on Saturday, 29 August, Italy face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, 5 September.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:39:44 AM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Leader Trainer / Church Planter 10 YearsLifetimeEuropeItalyTo work in preparing capable and faithful Italians to lead churches and to prepare others in theology and leadership.To prepare and teach lessons to Italian leaders. To work with Italian leadership and show them how to train others. To work in collaboration with Italian leaders in starting new churches. To prepare materials with transferable concepts.Training and experience in theology, church planting, and leadership.1021
Theological Education2 MonthsLifetimeEuropeItalyItaly needs leadership trainers for church planters, pastors, and theologians. Length of service is 2 months to a lifetime.Use your leadership training skills in a variety of settings. Opportunities exist in seminaries, churches, and through teaching English.Married. For leadership trainers, it would be good to have church experience and a Masters degree.1098
Webmaster / Computer Technician10 DaysLifetimeEuropeItalySet up websites and leadership training courses that will be used through internet. Length of service is 10 days to a lifetime.Areas of service include computer training, e-learning center installation, web & graphic design, etc.Experience with computers and websites.1132
Church Planting Interns3 Months3 MonthsEuropeItalyGain short-term experience in cross-cultural church planting, discipleship or children's ministries. Length of service is 3 months.The interns will work closely with missionaries in a mentor/discipleship relationship. The intern will spend time weekly in language learning and cultural orientation. The applicant should come with a learning posture.Bible school graduate or seminary student or graduate.1211
English Teachers3 MonthsLifetimeEuropeItalyDynamic English teachers who know how to teach ESL and who know how to effectively share their faith.(1) To collaborate in established English teaching programs in churches located in Cesena, Rome, and Naples. (2) Collaborate with the churches in their various outreach programs.The teachers should be fluent in English and have an understanding of ESL principles. They should know how to effectively share their faith.1301
Preacher / Teacher for English speaking church6 MonthsLifetimeEuropeItalyThe International Baptist Church of Naples, Italy is looking for a young, interesting preacher and teacher for a ministry primarily in English. 6 months to a lifetime.The person must share in the preaching and teaching responsibilities with two missionaries.Male. Married. At least a MDiv and some positive experience in preaching and teaching. A good preacher who is young enough to relate to a military community.1360

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Missionary Team

Tim & Jacki Faulkner

Church planting and leadership development in Italy

Tim & Marcia Monahan

Planting churches and training leaders in Italy

Doug & Dee Valenzuela

Serving in church planting and evangelism in Italy

Tim & Janet Hall

Training church leaders in Italy and serving with the European Ministry Leadership Team in Eastern Europe

Dan & Alice Simmons

Evangelizing and planting churches in Rome, Italy

Clay & Lauren Kannard

Making disciples in Italy by His grace and for His glory!

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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