Joe Handley

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Stories from Joe Handley, president of A3

The Secret Sauce of Asian Access?

Some time ago I was asked about the secret sauce of Asian Access… I’ve written previously about this on other blogs:

A2 Leader Development ModelThat said, the other secret sauce corresponds to a question that I am frequently asked, "What is your curriculum?". While we do have a curricular model, the most powerful part of Asian Access learning is actually the learning community.

 

Nurturing a Thriving Learning Community

Leaders with potential, not potential leaders, learn more from one another than they do from any particular content or lecturer. In fact, our faculty are at their best when they are facilitators of this communal learning. The leaders in our cohorts already have the experience and as the faculty members light the matches, the conversations ignite! They learn from one another and they form a community bond that is quite powerful. Some call them bands of brothers.

praying for one another

Here’s our description of these vibrant learning communities:

We create dynamic, total learning environments that are in-country, in-service, in-community, intensive, and ongoing. Asian Access is also committed to helping them develop tools, tactics, resources, and strategies for equipping the churches and movements they lead.

Learn more about our focus here!

As the leader of the Drucker Academy in Hong Kong once shared with me,

“Joe, Asian Access is like Ashoka. No other leader development effort that I’m aware of has the power of the alumni networks that Ashoka and Asian Access have.” 

He told me that Ashoka was the single most influential social enterprise network in the world! What a powerful endorsement of Asian Access!

As these secret sauces come together, powerful things emerge! Living in a Love Relationship with God coupled with Living in Vibrant Community together in dynamic Learning Cohorts leads to remarkable movements of God. The stories you hear us share at Asian Access trace back to these ‘secret sauces’ and most important to them all is a deep, abiding relationship with Christ.

As we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit!

joe sig blue
Joe Handley

Joe Handleyemail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
twitter @jwhandley

  

More Information

 

All Stories

My Encounter with the Land of the Rising Sun

By Nicole

Truth be told, Japan was never a country that was on my radar. I had always known that at some point in my life I wanted to explore East Asia, but for me that meant South Korea.

Read more...

Missionaries to Japan choose new name

Japan (MNN) – Global workers in Japan have announced a new name to describe their role and vision.

Read more...

Aging Japanese businesses and churches seek successors

Japan (MNN) – A declining, aging population in Japan means both businesses and churches need guidance through the transition of leadership.

Read more...

This is Why We Go Together

Our value for community and the importance of partnership 

We often exhort one another at A3 with the proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” While the exact origins of this proverb are murky, the truth of it is undeniable: for sustainable ministry (and really, life in general), we need each other. 

And just days before departing with our 2023 Summer Short-Term Team, I experienced this truth in a profound way.

Read more...

Call to Pray for the Japan Congress on Evangelism

Hello Everyone! It's inspiring being here at the Japanese garden at San Diego's Balboa Park.

Read more...

Introducing A3.Missional Partners

Our Missionaries Have a New Name!

For several years, you’ve become familiar with new ministry streams such as A3.business and Young Professionals. But today, I am excited to announce that our missionaries in Japan have a new descriptive name. We are now calling them “Missional Partners”.

Read more...

Beauty Before Me

As much as I’ve tried to process, ponder, and pick stuff apart, I’ll simply say for now that the last seven years or so have been disorienting. I won’t go as far as to say I’ve been deconstructing, as that word is a bit loaded and a lot dramatic compared to what I’ve been doing. At the same time, I don’t want to understate the amount of disappointment, confusion, shock, anger (occasionally bordering on rage), and deep sadness I have felt toward certain branches of the stream of Christianity I’m a part of. Perhaps detangling is a better term. But I’m not wanting to go into that a ton here. Not yet anyway. 

What I am wanting to do is practice being more of a noticer—seeing people who don’t seem to be flailing around in choppy waters like me but instead are more like anchors. People like my mom: a woman who is stable and steady, who sees similar things as me, yet keeps on watering her flowers, making food for people, playing the organ at church, showing up for her friends, and volunteering at a thrift store that employs people in the penitentiary system. She keeps on making music, meals, and memories, keeps on listening to Reactionary, Big Feeling Me, and keeps on being her steady self. 

Read more...

After Three Years of Waiting, Finally!

Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 Team Going to Japan 

A3 (formerly Asian Access) began decades ago with a thriving short-term summer program called Scrum Dendo. Every summer, multiple teams would come to Japan, partner with Japanese churches, and create bridges to each community through English language outreach. 

At the beginning of 2020, we had high hopes of reviving these summer mission teams, partnering with churches who wanted to do major outreach work surrounding the Tokyo Olympics. 

We had no clue what was coming that year.

Read more...

A Tribute to Dr. Reiji Oyama: A Legacy of Impact in Japan

BY DOUG BIRDSALL

Oyama-sensei was known and respected throughout Japan and across Asia—and beyond—as a brilliant scholar, prolific author, dearly loved pastor, and seminary professor.

Read more...

I Come Bearing Gifts

For over a decade, February 1, 2011, remained memorialized in my mind as my “Japanniversary,” the day God took me to Japan, one month before the Triple Disaster. Each passing year, I have acknowledged this date in some way—karaoke with friends, a Facebook post, or a quiet prayer to God. 

But 2022 was the year I wrapped up over a decade of life in Japan and moved “home.” In 2023, to recall my arrival date in Japan, I had to look at my 手帳 (techō, my pocket schedule book). I was too late! The day, March 16, had passed by me without so much as a wink.

Read more...

Follow this Site

Get new posts by email:

Login