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EXTENDING THE VISION:. USING A PROVEN MODEL TO PLANT A JAPANESE CHURCH. A Partnership Proposal for YOUR CHURCH from LIFE Ministries for Planting a Church in Japan. PCN = Parent Church Networks RTN = Regional Training Networks. Japan and Its Need. Japan is the strategic gateway to Asia

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EXTENDING THE VISION:

USING A PROVEN MODEL TO PLANT A JAPANESE CHURCH

A Partnership Proposal for

YOUR CHURCH

from LIFE Ministries

for Planting a Church in Japan

PCN = Parent Church Networks

RTN = Regional Training Networks


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Japan and Its Need

  • Japan is the strategic gateway to Asia

    • 85% of the world’s unbelievers live in Asia

    • Considered the “model Asian economy”

    • <1% of Japanese people know Christ

  • Unprecedented social upheaval in Japan

    • Suicide rate at an all-time high

    • Economic difficulties since early 90’s

    • Troubled youth culture; increasing crime rate

    • Growth of materialism and religious cults

    • “A superpower without a moral compass”

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LIFE’s Response to the Needs

  • Leadership Development

    • Trained over 200 Japanese pastors whose churches account for 90% of Japan’s church growth

    • From 12 pastors trained nationally to 50-100 trained regionally each year

    • Now completely indigenous (every staff member is Japanese)

  • Evangelism

    • Sent over 2,500 missionaries to 600 churches

    • Music ministry to help churches develop worship

    • Friendship Golf to reach businessmen

LIFE Ministries is a strategic outreach with a far-reaching vision for the future. Their model of training leaders while sharing God's Word is one of the best I've ever seen.

Steve Hayner

Former President, InterVarsity

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LIFE’s Core Business

Church Growth =strengthening existing churches

CHURCH MULTIPLICATION

Church Planting =starting new churches

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What They’re Saying…

What They’re Saying…

I thank God for the fresh and innovative ways that LIFE Ministries is advancing the cause of Christ in Asia. Lives are being changed for eternity. Praise God!

Dr. Walter Kaiser, President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

My friends at LIFE Ministries are being used by God to build His Kingdom in Asian countries that are resistant to the Gospel. I have supported their work for many years.

Dr. Lon Allison, Director, The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College

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LIFE’s 20/20 Vision

  • To deploy 100 church multiplication teams in order to

  • establish 1,000 reproducible congregations that

  • enfold 1 million new followers of Christ, who will in turn

  • send 1,000 missionaries from Japan to the cities of Asia that will

  • be home to 1 billion people by the year 2020 A.D.

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The New Opportunity

The New Opportunity

  • 1996~99:Yamagata Church Multiplication Project I

    • Partnership with 5 visionary pastors

    • Rural, more traditional & resistant part of Japan

    • Network of pastors and church multiplication missionaries

    • All five churches reproduced (within 30 months)

  • 1999~2002Yamagata CM Project II

    • 5 newly-planted churches began plansto reproduce again and are doing so

    • Each of the mother churches are alsoinvolved in multiplying

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A Reproducible Model…

  • At least 3 churches networked together

    • Mutual encouragement and prayer

    • Pastor coaching in church planting strategy

    • Learning from each other

  • Each mother church selects Japanese pastor of new church… at the outset

    • Several layers of teamwork

      • Mother church pastors

      • Daughter church pastors

      • Missionaries and Japanese Christians working together

  • United purpose  plant a church in 3 years

    • Missionaries, if involved, stay for 3 years or less

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…with Predictable Outcomes

  • After 3 years, these outcomes are expected:

    • An indigenous, self-autonomous church is established with ongoing Japanese leadership

    • The new church does not require ongoing financial support from the North American church

    • The missionary leaves without creating dependency

    • The North American church has planted a church in the strategic nation ofJapan and helped toreach a communityfor Christ

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The Need forChurch Planting Associates

The Need forChurch Planting Associates

  • CP Associates will:

    • Usually be 21-35 years of age

    • Exhibit a learning posture

    • Raise a portion of their finances

    • Work alongside a Japanese pastor

    • Be mentored by an experienced missionary

    • Accelerate the church multiplication process by incorporating their gifts and abilities

    • Have many placement options…

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The Missions Partnership

The Missions Partnership

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Breakdown of Costs

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Commitment toPartner Together

  • Proven methodology to advance God’s Kingdom in Japan

  • Make an eternal difference in a community

  • Work through God’s vehicle – His local church

  • Plant a church in 3 years for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S.

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Options for Partnership

  • Signing on for a 3-year church planting project involves:

    • Supplying the project with 1-3 Church Planting Associates over three years

    • Contributing to some of thechurch planting expenses:

      • Some of the costs related tothe Church Planting Associate

      • Supplement the ChurchPlanting Training for theJapanese pastor

“I’ve not only helped send our people to Japan through LIFE, but I went with them myself. They are definitely on the cutting edge of missions in a difficult place.”

Dr. Ken Uyeda FongPastor, Evergreen Baptist Church,Los Angeles

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The Next Step

Contact us for more details:

  • Find out specifically what’s involved

  • Get a financial breakdown of related expenses

  • See how LIFE’s Mobilization Specialist will help you identify your Church Planting Associate

  • Learn how LIFE will train your Church Planting Associate for ministry in Japan

  • Discover what a typical experience is like for Church Planting Associates

  • Get straightforward answers to your questions

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[SPECIALIST]JEFF JOHNSTON

[ADDRESS]LIFE Ministries P.O. Box 200 San Dimas, CA 91773 USA

[TOLL-FREE]1-800-543-3678, ext. 240

[FAX]626-914-9572

[EMAIL][email protected]

[WEB]www.LIFEjapan.org/plantachurch

[MOBILIZATION]

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