|The Power of Networking|
|News - Church Planting Associates News|
|Written by Peter|
|Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:53|
Asian Access is excited to see the number of church planting networks increase across Japan. The chart below illustrates this growth and shows the number of active networks (colors) and participating churches (numerical value) each year.
The first network in 1996 was an experiment to see if what we were dreaming could be done in Japan. After the success of this network, in 2000 with the launch of the second network, we began to pursue expansion in new regions. Since 2002, we have continually expanded, with the total number of networks reaching sixteen, and the number of churches equipped in church planting totaling seventy-nine.
The growth of the networks has taken place because of the unique role they play in equipping churches to reproduce. We consistently see networks influence churches in the following areas...
It is awesome to see God at work! Yet, we don’t measure the “success” of a network based on having held one. We look for fruit on multiple levels. For example, with each participating church, we seek for them to be equipped and released to plant more churches on their own. Since we work with all kinds of congregations in Japan, and all have their own unique views as to what makes a church, more than the “form” of church, we focus on the “principles of living as disciples of Jesus.” So while one church may be planting a cell church or a house church, another may be planting using a traditional model. What matters is that our love for Christ grows, and that we make his love known to others.
It is a joy to work with so many visionary pastors and congregations across Japan. Everyday we know that we are blessed to be here.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 01:57|