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Italy


Italy

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

 Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Rome is its capital and largest city.

Religion

Roman Catholic 87.8%; 700,000 Eastern Orthodox Christians 550,000 Pentecostals and Evangelicals (0.8%), of whom 400,000 are members of the Assemblies of God, 235,685 Jehovah’s Witnesses (0.4%), 30,000 Waldensians ,25,000 Seventh-day Adventists, 22,000 Mormons, 20,000 Baptists, 7,000 Lutherans, 4,000 Methodists. Of non-Christian religions, over 1 million Muslims (1.6% of population),  70,000 Sikhs, 70,000 Hindus, 50,000 Buddhists,and 45,000 Jews.

Stone-Campbell Presence

The Mediterranean Christian Mission from Christian Churches/Churches of Christ sent Guy (1909-1984) and Thelma (1911-2008) Mayfield to Bari, Italy in 1947. In 1950 they relocated to Rome. Other missionaries joined them working in other areas in Italy resulting today in twenty congregations with 500 members.

Cline Paden (1919-2007) from American Churches of Christ came to Naples in 1949 and immediately faced strong opposition to his ministry from some Catholic groups. By 1960, thirty missionaries were working in Italian cities, establishing training schools in Florence and Milan, local lectureships, an orphanage, magazines, and radio work. Today there are 2000 members of these churches in sixty-four congregations.

International Churches of Christ have a congregation in Milan.

The Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) partners with The American Waldensian Society Centennial Conference and The Waldensian Church (Italy)

 

Created by Gary Holloway, December  9, 2013

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