The challenges that accompany urban church planting can be crushing, and no one should face those hardships alone.
Is our church motivated at its core to be a voice for and helper of the marginalized, homeless, oppressed and powerless? Discussing this topic with our trainer made me realize how little I have considered the complexities my church will face in the city. Yet the gospel compels the church, compels me, to find ways to love, serve and befriend those with lesser opportunities.
Incredible things are happening in Korea. Next month, Tim Keller will be speaking to 2,000+ people at a City to City Korea conference, held in Seoul. Read more about the creation of City to City Korea, and how they are hoping to reshape the gospel message in one of the world's most churched nations.
The International Church Planting Intensive has been Redeemer City to City’s (CTC’s) foundational training for nine years. The Intensive was originally held only in NYC, but in 2012 it became clear that the demand for this unique, month-long crash course in church planting was needed in the major cities of Asia Pacific.
In late April, 13 church planters participated in the International Church Planting Intensive in Singapore and Hong Kong. This group reflected the widest array of cities and cultures of Asia Pacific's five Intensives to date with church planters from Bangalore, Bangkok, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.
This year we made several key changes to the Intensive. We condensed it from four weeks to seventeen days, visiting two cities rather than three. More importantly, we empowered local leaders to teach the Intensive, rather than bringing all the main trainers from the US. These local leaders have been through our training and shadowed past trainers.
We certainly felt your prayers and support throughout this Intensive as we encountered many hurdles, including multiple staff members getting sick and some visa issues with a participant. Still, God was faithful and created time for rest and help to clear up the visa troubles. With the training of local leadership and the diverse group attending the Intensive, we were reminded of all God is doing in Asia and are thankful for the strong support that each of you provide through your giving, prayer and friendship.
Every month CTC sends you news, videos, blogs, photos, and tweets about new churches. In response, you gave over $80,000 to help 14 new churches get started in global cities. Thank you!
One of the main reasons that Seima Aoyagi used the first two years to host community events rather than launching public worship was because Toyosu is the place to live if you’re a family in Tokyo. Rows and rows of mamicharis are lined up outside of the LaLaPort mall. These mommy chariots are a great way to truck the kids all over the Tokyo Waterfront Area, and with parks, an outdoor athletic complex, and even a massive wedding chapel, it’s a great place to raise a family only a couple of stops from Tokyo Station.