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Leonardo Cerasino

Leonardo Cerasino
Person Details
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Country

  • Italy
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Church Life, Leadership, and Planting (Advanced) Network

Occupation

  • Pastoring

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church in Parma, Italy. My wife and I founded this church in 2003, and the church has grown to over 250 members. In addition to leading this church, I organize groups within the church, develop leaders, and teach others. I am also the Vice President and Founder of Progetto Archippo, a formation school in Parma. I can teach and lead at this school and make it my ministry to do so with the love of Christ.

When did you trust Christ?

I put my trust in Christ on March 4, 1989, in Viterbo, Italy. I was in the military and thinking about how somebody had told me about her personal relationship with Jesus just a few days before. It was then that I started to pray alone, and as a result, really began to feel God’s presence. After that day, I began studying the New Testament, and since then, I have been growing in my relationship with Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most crucial moments was in 1990 when I decided not to follow my dream of becoming an officer in the military. Though I wanted this, I knew that God was calling me in a different direction. That was a significant decision in my life, but I knew it was in obedience to God’s will, and He has shown me so much through this decision.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Italy is a very secular country, and as a result, I often feel isolated from what else is happening with other Christians across Europe. The Forum has been a precious experience as it has connected me with other leaders across Europe and allowed me to see what God is doing all over Europe. It is also a valuable place for me to develop my skills as a leader and teacher to serve those in my church and at Progetto Archippo better. Finally, we are planting a new church, so the training and mentoring I receive at the Forum are invaluable to this process.  

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Through the support of others, I can be better equipped to be a leader in my church and serve others through my ministry. Additionally, my ministry is building leaders of the future, and attending the Forum is a significant factor in helping develop these leaders.