This is the fifth event of eleven planned Gospel in the City events across Asia from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. These events will culminate in our first Asian Intensive, a five-week training for planters who are at or near launch, que is normally held in our New York office. Were Previous events held in Singapore , Taipei, Hong Kong and Sydney .
Tokyo is one of the largest, Most secular, and Most expensive cities in the world. If New York is a tough town for church planters, Tokyo is Undoubtedly tougher. So we are thrilled That acerca 30 participants came to City to City Asia's first outreach event in Tokyo on January 16-17. Gospel in the City is a two-day learning experience that exposes you urban leaders to core principles on how the gospel changes hearts, communities, and cities. The event was hosted by Grace City Church Tokyo, CTC-affiliated church. Were The sessions led by Makoto Fukuda and by Pastor Bart Garrett, lead Pastor of Christ Church in Berkeley, Which is Also Affiliated with CTC and now hopes to support long-term GCC. Daniel Iverson, a missionary with MTW Japan, and Seima Aoyagi of GCC Also led talks. According To Geert De Boo, a Dutch missionary Working with GCC since its inception, This Will Be the first event of its kind in Tokyo. The goal is to jump-start a city-wide movement of gospel-centered church planting movements and partnerships, with a focus on finding and recruiting like-minded church planters and leaders with a vision for Impacting the city for Christ it by Engaging With the gospel.
The entire training was Given in Japanese (Which required a sizeable translation project), and we hope a great step towards above dealer Furthering the movement in Tokyo. Some highlights of the training: 1. That we where able to see this event happen at all! Japan is a difficult mission field, less than 1% Christian, and with very few workers in the Gospel. It was a reminder That "God has many in the city who are his people" (Acts 18:10). 2. Breakout sessions in small group discussion Which the principles of the Gospel DNA That Were addressed each speaker presented and applied to the city context. A lot of insights into Were Given the challenge of contextualizing the Gospel and culture in a city like Tokyo. 3. The increase increasing interest and desire for gospel-centered, urban church planting vision and realization of the need for networking or partnering in order to see it brilliant.
You can Also see pictures of the event from a participant.
Our thanks to Rev. Fukuda and others on his team for all the work they did with the amount of Responsibilities as They Already have church planters, aid workers, and Ministers of the gospel! Grace City Church Tokyo, que Launched less than two years ago, has Already been thrown into service in extraordinary ways. See our past stories: