The Italian Theological Academy (ITA) is a pastoral-training ministry born in 2004 out of the need to introduce the Italian evangelical church in Italy to expository preaching. In 2014 the ITA was re-constituted and re-established as a church-based training academy associated to and training out of the Bible Church of Messina in the city of Messina, Italy.
Italian evangelical churches beyond being historically small, are under taught, and driven mainly by shallow evangelistic methods. In this light, the ITA strives to pursue training in expository preaching firmly convinced that the need of the day in Italy is a minister and a ministry trained in expositing the whole counsel of God for the Church and people of God in Italy.
ITA is not only a training academy but an instrument to instruct and edify the whole church in Italy at being more biblical in its philosophy of ministry. Its mission and purpose in Italy is to train men, local church leaders, to preach and shepherd persuaded by Christ and His plan for the Church. Its theme verse is 2 Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). Beyond its mission to train Italian church leaders to preach and shepherd, the ITA hosts annual pastoral conferences for all members of the church called Preach the Word (focus on preaching) and Shepherd the Flock (focus on counseling).