Church Planting

The MTW Tokyo Team began with the goal of starting churches in the Tokyo/Chiba area that would become a presbytery. Since 1992, eight worshiping congregations have been started, six of them continuing today in Oyumino, Honda, Toke, Chiharadai, Kokubunjidai and Makuhari. A 7th is being started by a former team member near our old Soga Church plant in Chiba Central ward. Tokyo City Center Church plant, our biggest project to date, is in the process of being started in partnership with the PCJ and Redeemer PCA in New York City.

The goal for all the churches that we start is that they become self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating churches.

Oyumino Church. Oyumino Church is the first church plant of the Tokyo/Chiba Team. There are now about 160 worshipers, worshiping most Sundays in three different locations (Oyumino, Honda and Toke) with joint worship quarterly. There are now 60 small groups that meet for fellowship, prayer, discipleship, outreach, or a combination of these. Dan Iverson, the Tokyo team leader, is the pastor of this church, working closely together with two Japanese men, one who was recently ordained and another who is in the ordination process. They each have responsibility for one of the three congregations under the pastor and elders. Oyumino Church is largely self-supporting and self-propagating. Please pray for the ordination of all three Japanese staff, for more elders, and for the church to be fully self-governing with indigenous leadership (Japanese senior pastor). The church vision is for the three congregations to become particular churches, each in turn starting healthy daughter churches. “One church becomes three which become six.” This is a much easier way to start a healthy church, sending some leaders, members, and seekers to start in a new location, but keeping the church plant under the mother church for a time for support, protection, and guidance. This also enables us to “half church plant” in difficult Japan where we have a statistical shortage of pastors and church planters.

Chiharadai Church is located in the growing town of Chiharadai, part of Ichihara City. This church has its own ordained Japanese pastor and three elders, so it is self-governing. There are about 30 worshipers. Please pray for Chiharadai Church to grow into a self-propagating church that reaches its city, and for growth in numbers and giving so that it can be self-supporting.

Kokubunjidai Church is located further south in Ichihara City, in an area that is historically a center for Buddhism. Kokubunjidai Church has currently about 30 worshipers. It is now pastored by PCA missionary Rev. Beyongseob Han. Pray for the church to grow into a self-supporting, self-governing, self-propagating church.

Makuhari Megumi (Grace) Church. The Coulbourne family has partnered with experienced PCJ pastor Rev. Yoshinobu Hirohashi to plant this church in Makuhari Baytown, a new area built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The church is growing well, with about 60 people now attending Sunday worship. They have a terrible space problem and what a great problem to have! Please pray for them. Also pray for God to raise up more men, bringing many more to faith and into leadership in this church plant.