Tokyo

"Began with Prayer for Reaching Tokyo from New York"

 

EARLY 2005

THE DREAM FOR TOKYO

NEW YORK

A group of people who had been a part of Redeemer Presbyterian Church saw a need and desire to see a similar city-loving, city-serving church established in Tokyo as in New York. This group even called themselves as the Tokyo "Dream Team" as they gathered to pray and ask God to bring this dream into a reality.

 

2005 - 2008

IN SEARCH OF CHURCH PLANTER

FROM NEW YORK TO TOKYO

In 2005, Rev. Jay Kyle from Redeemer City to City began to travel to Tokyo looking for a Japanese pastor who God was calling to start a gospel-centered church in downtown Tokyo. For FOUR years he traveled from New York to Tokyo two to three times a year looking for this church planter. Jay worked closely with Rev. Dan Iverson, a missionary leader with Mission to the World, and many other leaders doing demographic research, visiting business, church, missionary and campus leaders in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama.  This was a time of casting the vision for starting a center-city church that lived out the Gospel DNA to serve and bless the city of Tokyo and Japan as a country.

After Jay’s first couple of visits, another Dream Team began to take shape in Tokyo under the leadership of Steve and Tomoko Sacks.  This Dream Team became the core group that met faithfully for several years, praying and working towards the day when a church planter would surface.  One member of this Dream Team was Makoto Fujimura, a leading contemporary Nihonga artist and the founder of International Arts Movement. Makoto engaged with the team in various arts events reaching out to the Japanese communities.  This team was made up of missionaries, business men and women, and many financial donors.  As the events unfolded, the church planter who the Dream Team had been praying for eventually surfaced - he was Rev. Makoto Fukuda.

 

2008

CALLING OF THE CHURCH PLANTER 

REV.  MAKOTO FUKUDA

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Rev. Makoto Fukuda's Personal Journey :

"When I turned 40, I started thinking and praying about how I could serve God during the second half of my life, and concluded I wanted to plant a new church to offer it up to God. At that time my church [Yamanoue, Yokohama] was involved in the relocation of its sanctuary, and by God's gracious provision the church moved to a central part of Yokohoma. Also, at that time my thinking about the city was changed through a lecture by Rev. Tim Keller. This changed both my philosophy of evangelism and preaching style, into a ministry putting importance on discipling and small groups emphasizing gospel-centrality, city-focus and contextualization. 

Around that time, I received a phone call from missionary Rev. Dan Iverson who wanted to inform me about the plans for a church in Tokyo with a philosophy of ministry like Redeemer and also that he had recommended me as a church planter to Redeemer. It was actually my wife who first answered the phone and she believed then that God was calling us to a church planting ministry - if she would have heard this from me, she may have been less inclined to believe it was God calling.  Then I decided to move to the city center area of Tokyo to plant a new church GRACE CITY CHURCH TOKYO with my family after praying and discussing with friends for a year."

 

by 2020

ENVISIONING 10 CHURCHES IN CENTRAL TOKYO BY 2020 

 

"A new community in Tokyo called to glorify God by loving and serving the city. 

Together we will seek social justice and renewal of society.  We believe that the Gospel will not only renew people's lives, but that it will also affect culture and change the city."

- Grace City Church Tokyo                                                                                                  

WHY REACHING TOKYO WITH THE GOSPEL IS SO IMPORTANT TO REACHING THE WORLD WITH THE GOSPEL

- Tim Keller

 

 

MEET OUR CHURCH PLANTERS IN TOKYO

REV. MAKOTO FUKUDA

2008    Class of International Intensive (New York)

2009    First Try-out Public Worship Service.

            Average Attendance about 30 adults. (Average mature Japanese Church: about 30)         

2010

2012     Network Leader in hosting Gospel in the City in Tokyo

2014     Class of Incubator (New York)

 

REV. SEIMA AOYAGI

2010    Class of International Intensive (New York)

Grace Harbor Church Project

Church Plant Community : TOYOSU

Anticipated Church Launch: 2015

 

DREW CHO

2014    Class of International Intensive (Asia Pacific)

New Community Church Project

Church Plant Community : SHINAGAWA

Anticipated Church Launch : 2015

 

RYUTA KIMURA  

2014    Class of International Intensive (Asia Pacific)

Double O Cross Church  (Launched)

Church Plant Community : KICHIJOJI