All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Cor. 4:15
Leland and Jenniffer Stephens have just joined the CATALYST church multiplication movement! They will be planting GLACE Community Church in Vicenza, Italy to serve the US military population assigned there.
GLACE Community Church’s mission is to be a transformed community living for the Glory of God and proclaiming salvation by the Grace of God found in Jesus alone. (Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 2:14)
We envision a community church filled with both followers of Jesus that desire to live out “the obedience of faith” (Acts 6:7; Rom. 1:5; 16:26) and not yet followers of Jesus who are willing to come and discover who Jesus is and the difference he can make in their lives…
We hear believers within our community sharing their faith at home around the dinner table, at work over coffee, at the park while our kids play…
We see new believers being baptized as a testimony to the lives changed to the Glory of God, by the Grace of God…
We dream of identifying, equipping, and sending leaders throughout the world, forming a network of healthy churches that desire to live out the great commission…for His glory, by His grace.
How You Can Join God’s Work in Vicenza
- Pray. Without the prayers of men and women who love Jesus and love HIS church, this church plant will fail. We truly believe apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15). This makes our dependence on partners that are committed to “praying without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) for this city and church plant, one of the biggest needs of our church planting efforts.
- Give. As we assess the financial needs of planting in Vicenza, we are confident that the God who sends us is also the God who will provide for us. We recognize that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10) and is always faithful to provide for those He calls. Therefore, though the financial needs are present, we commit to always treasure the Giver above the gifts. We are excited to see what God is going to do in Vicenza and are trusting Him to provide every need. We are asking that you would prayerfully and seriously consider becoming a financial supporter to help establish GLACE Community Church in Vicenza, Italy.
- Go. We would love for you to partner with us by going. This can happen in a number of ways:
1. Relocate with the Stephens. We recognize that God may be calling various individuals from around the world to partner with us in establishing this church. If you sense God’s leading to be a part of the core team that helps to plant GLACE Community Church, please contact us here.
2. Connect People to the Stephens. Many of you have friends and family all over the world that might not know Jesus or are not integrated into the life of a Bible believing church. Simply passing the Stephen’s information to these individuals or providing us their contact information will allow us to connect now with those in Vicenza .
3. Serve Alongside of us – The GLACE community is going to be very unique in the sense that they will lose approximately 33% of our congregation each year. They will need multiple individuals or teams to come join us for short term work/missions to ensure that we are continuously meeting the needs of this unique community.