To obey the great commission and reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are sent by Fellowship Bible Church, through WorldVenture, to Italy for the purpose of advancing the Gospel through biblical discipleship, technology, and church planting.
Clay is Ordained by the Elders of Fellowship Bible Church at Little Rock, Arkansas.
WHAT WE DO:
Living missionally and serving the Italian Evangelical church. We are partnered with Italian leaders for discipleship, church planting, and leadership formation in the city of Rome.
The Lord Jesus’ promise that He will build his Church (Matthew 16:18) continues to make us praise His name and encourages us to fully give ourselves to this noble task. The fact that Jesus Christ is building His church in Rome too, with all its complexities and challenges, fills us with joy and expectation.
The church Breccia di Roma was planted in 2010 with a vision to become a community of believers who would serve the city of Rome in a prophetic, priestly and royal way thus “breaching” the spiritual strongholds of Rome with the gospel and laboring towards a time of biblical reformation in the city and the nation. Our desire was and still is to see a church planting movement that impacts the city and is an encouragement to other Italian churches to engage in church planting throughout the country. God willing in September of 2018 the first church planting work from Breccia will be launched in the San Paolo area and we are thrilled to see this happen.
We know how difficult it is to see progress in Italy but we are confident that God is moving and will move to make it happen. For this big dream to become reality we are involved in providing training opportunities for Italian leaders through IFED and Union School of Theology so that the best training available is made accessible to a significant number of Italians. The recent purchase of the church building in the historic city center was also motivated by the need to have adequate facilities to support theological and leadership training (e.g. lecture rooms, library, office).
The way we envisage promoting church planting is through bi-vocational Italian leaders who are matched with missionaries with a long-term commitment to work in Italy and who are willing to work in the context of core groups made-up of Italian believers. We want to help these Italian leaders stay connected with their professions, cultivating a self-supporting missionary culture, providing them with opportunities to be trained and mentored them in their growth.
Our church is a confessional church, in that it subscribes to the 1689 London Confession of Faith. In the Italian context we are part of the association of Reformed Baptist churches CERBI and in a wider circle, we are involved with the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
Being in the heart of Rome we also want to serve the global church with the Reformanda Initiative. The RI exists to identify, unite, equip and resource evangelical leaders to understand Roman Catholic theology and practice, to educate the evangelical Church and to communicate the Gospel. Given the present-day superficiality of much Evangelicalism when it comes to discerning the reality of Roman Catholicism, the RI is strategic for the future of gospel witness around the world. The flagship activity of RI is the Rome Scholars Network, a week-long seminar for global evangelical leaders to help them become more solid and competent in their dealings with Roman Catholic theology and practice.
All of this is to say that the work God has prepared for us is a local, national and global work. Locally, The Kannard family is living missionally in our community, opening our home to the those who live in this global city and sharing the Gospel of Christ with the lost. We are faithfully serving the local church and encouraging Roman believers to live out their faith daily, even in the pressures of being a religious minority in a corrupt city. Nationally, Clay is the administrator for the Rome Church Planters Network, which exists to encourage Italian church planters through prayer and training resources. Globally, Clay is the communications director for the Reformanda Initiative (http://reformandainitative.org) and the Kyra Karr Foundation (http://kyrakarrfoundation.com).
Will you pray about partnering with us in the work God has prepared for us?
Family Vision Statement:
Evangelism- Romans 1:16; Romans 10:14; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.
- As a family we will pray for unbelievers in our family, neighborhood, community, and world.
- Be alert for opportunities to tell someone about the Gospel.
- Find at least one opportunity a week to invite someone to our gospel-community and local church.
Discipleship- Establish disciples through relationships, teaching, training and accountability.
- Being faithful committed members of a local church.
- Always look for discipleship opportunities as we live our daily lives.
- Talk at least once a week as a family about discipleship opportunities we see.
- “Do life” with people in our community.
- Invite people to our home once a week for lunch or dinner.
- Seek the good of our city.
Results- Equip and unleash Christ followers to change the world through lives of irresistible influence.
Desire of heart:
See the lives of people completely transformed by the power of the gospel! Romans 1:16