Japan

Ministry Overview

Established:  1898

Affiliated:  1949

Churches:  21

Members:  1,000 (approx)

Field Leader:  Minoru Shojaku

Japan

Current Ministry

Advent Christian ministries in Japan are poised to enjoy a resurgence of energy. After a surge of activity in the 1950s, churches settled into steady, sustained growth and maintenance, much as the churches in North America did.

Now in the new millennium, lifelong pastors are seeking to replenish their pulpits, reach out to a hurting world, and bring a new generation of believers into life-changing relationship with Jesus. New technologies and social media can help in this mission. But churches realize that personal contact is still of utmost importance in fulfilling the words of Jesus from Matthew 25:40:

“‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least
 of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.”

To this end, community outreach has increased among established Japanese AC congregations, and a new global ministry was birthed by Advent Christians in Japan.

The small Asukano church has a surprising number of outreach ministries in its community. Pastor Minoru Shojaku’s Ayameike church holdsEnglish conversation classes as a special outreach; and Pastor Kazuo Yano’s Nozumigaoka church provides ministry to children in its community on Saturdays. Many churches have Bible studies.

Global impact is being made through Agape House Ministries. Born in 2001 in Chihaya, Fukuoka City, at Kyushu University by AC international student Rowena Baylon (Cabrizos), this ministry extends around the world as God leads (for details see Agape House pages).

Japanese clergy and lay leaders are prayerfully seeking the Lord’s direction for continued growth. During July 18-Aug 1, 2012, Outreach Director Jeff Walsh, Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jeff and Penny Vann, and others visited with Japanese leaders to explore ministry possibilities for the future, specifically focusing on leadership development and church planting. It is an exciting time of anticipation to see how the Lord is using His faithful laborers in Japan to extend His kingdom.