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Coram Deo is a Latin phrase meaning "in the presence of God." R.C. Sproul writes, "Coram Deocaptures the essence of the Christian life... It literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one's entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God" (Ligonier Blog, January 11, 2013).
Coram Deo of Italy has three main goals:(1)To plant biblical churches through the support of indigenous missionaries; (2)To publish biblical literature for the benefit of the church; and (3)To sponsor Bible conferences throughout Italy.
The Coram Deo Board and Board of Reference include such men as: Jerry Marcellino (USA), Jim Elliff (USA), Ian McElhinny (Ireland), Alistair Begg (USA), and John Blanchard (England).
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Unlike other countries in Europe, Italy never felt the impact of the reformation and has languished in the shadow of Roman Catholicism. Although missionaries have labored in Italy for decades, only 1.1% of the population considers itself to be Evangelical. Among those who are Evangelical, there is great need of doctrinal and practical instruction. There is good reason why Italy is often referred to as the "grave yard of missionaries." Many good workers come from abroad, but the vast majority leaves after only a few years. The primary reasons are: depression, lack of results, and difficulties with the Italian culture, bureaucracy, and corruption.
One of the most effective ways to teach believers throughout Italy and to network those of like faith is through nationwide and regional Bible conferences.
Andrea Artioli and Giacomo Lerici are the founding members of Coram Deo Ministry and are planting a church (Chiesa Sola Grazia – Grace Alone Church) in Porto Mantovano. The city is located in the northern part of Italy, between Milan and Venice. The province of Mantova boasts a population of approximately 417,000 people, but there is little evangelical presence. Please follow the links below to learn more about the leaders at Coram Deo!