From the 2017 Annual Report.
Shifting to a New Phase of Network Development
The Asia Pacific region experienced significant growth in 2017 with the number of churches planted more than doubling the number started in 2016. This is largely due to City to City Asia Pacific (CTCAP) implementing one of CTC’s core strategies—to not just train individual church planters, but to equip and empower local church networks that have the proximity and relationships to train a far greater number of church planters.
There is still much work to be done. Tokyo, for example, is a city of 33 million people, and less than one percent of the population is Christian. CTCAP’s leaders are prayerfully working to start hundreds of churches in Tokyo and across Asia’s global cities to fuel a gospel movement.
More than 70 leaders representing 16 cities attended the 2-week Asia Pacific Intensive training in Taipei
Network leaders from 23 cities attended a 2-day Network Leader/City Catalyst meeting in Kuala Lumpur. These leaders have a vision to plant nearly 700 churches across Asia Pacific in the next 5 years
8 cities (Bangkok, Hong Kong, India, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo) were provided a designated preaching coach who is training pastors to preach Christ in a way that makes sense in their city
44 new churches planted
For the development of local networks in cities across Asia Pacific, including operational funds and dedicated leaders
For wisdom on how best to develop the region, which is made up of many different cultures and languages
For the protection of ministry leaders who face spiritual attacks or persecution due to government regulation
“Many leaders in Korea are rediscovering the gospel in a whole new way through the work of CTC. To see over 600 pastors come together to dream and learn about church planting at the CTC Korea Conference was a big surprise, even for the native Korean leaders.”