Help Plant a Church in Sendai

There is a need for Jesus in a young Japanese city!

Posted on December 21, 2016

Japan

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planting
  • Funded
  • Couple or single
View of Sendai, Japan, ©JohnLSL/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Help start a catalytic church plant in the heart of Sendai, Japan’s youngest city. You will work with a church planting team, using your mosaic of gifts and passions to show and share the gospel and to make disciples who will in turn multiply the mission of Jesus. Join us on a journey of planting Jesus in the hearts of the Japanese!

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies,15 hours of Intercultural Studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology studies, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score minimum of 80
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree, with a focus in Intercultural Studies
  • Church-planting ministry experience
  • Direct experience in leadership of a ministry whose focus and fruitfulness has resulted in lost people being engaged and brought to faith and maturity in Christ
  • A ministry track record that indicates the ability to lead in the initiation of a new ministry

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language to a full professional proficiency
  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Creatively use the gifts God has given you in ministry
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Share the gospel with new people and initiate follow-up Bible study activities
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to Bible study, discussion, or other types of outreach, discipleship, or worship meetings as a part of the church-planting effort.
  • Help with hosting visitors and short-term teams

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

The Japanese are a leading player in the international economic system. They can be seen as a people who adopt many of the practices and products of the West, yet they maintain a distinct identity and national pride. One thing that makes Japanese culture fascinating is that they are at the same time a changing people and a traditional people, a searching people and a content people. This “searching” is evident in their religious life, as many religious and cult groups have begun and grown in Japan. In many ways, the people of the “Land of the Rising Sun” are looking for their “place in the Son.”

See the U.S. State Department information on Japan.

The World Factbook also has helpful information.

The Japan National Tourism Organization website has basic information and videos about the climate, food, and shopping.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicants would live in Sendai. Japan has a long and distinctive cultural and historical heritage. Their way of thinking and customs are quite different from those of the West. Knowing how to approach the unknown actively and thoughtfully will allow you to adapt gracefully to this new situation and setting. You will seek to introduce others to Jesus Christ, disciple them, and participate in the church planting projects of the Japan Alliance Mission.

Status of Christian Witness:

Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all by the constitution, and visas for religious activity are readily available. Evangelicals are less than 0.5 percent of the population. Operation World (2010 edition) has a helpful overview of the country’s spiritual needs. Visit The Joshua Project for more about the peoples of Japan.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. As a new international worker, a major part of your time and energy during the first term will be devoted to studying the language, with two years of study under the direction of a language tutor. You will also gain a basic understanding of the Japanese culture. The effectiveness of your future ministry will depend largely on the use of this time. Learning the Japanese language should be a lifelong goal as this will greatly enhance your ministry and ability to impact people for Christ. The goal is comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the Japanese language, with emphasis on the first two, in order to fluently communicate the message of Christ.

Health Considerations:

Japan has good health care facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifting and training, and the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are many choices for education: Japanese public school, home school, public school-home school hybrid, and the Tohoku International School in Sendai.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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