|RJC 2016 Conference Schedule|
| All Things To All People For The Sake Of The Gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:22
|Thursday Feb. 11, 2016|
|6:30 PM||Registration Opens|
|7:00 PM||Plenary Session: Rev. Ken Shigematsu|
|9:00 PM||Good Night|
|Friday Feb. 12, 2016|
|8:00 AM||Prayer Time|
|8:30 AM||Registration and Fellowship|
|9:00 AM||Plenary Session: Prayer for Regional Outreaches|
|10:00 AM||Seminar Introductions|
|10:15 AM||Break Time|
|10:30 AM||1st Seminar Segment:|
|Masked Hikikomori and How it Affects Evangelism in Japan – Yuichi Hattori|
|Sports Ministry: Reaching the Unreachable – Paul Gizzi|
|Japanese Culture And Barriers To The Gospel – Naoko Brown|
|A Church That Stands in the Midst of Crisis – Makito Matsuda|
|11:30 AM||Networking, Visiting Booths|
|1:15 PM||Seminar Introductions|
|1:30 PM||2nd Seminar Segment:|
|God’s Ultimate Love in Response to Guilt and Shame (Japanese) – Noriko Kussman|
|Moving Forward: New Opportunities in Diaspora Missions – John Baxter|
|Life-Giving Rhythms – Ken Shigematsu|
|New Media Evangelism – Andy Game|
|2:30 PM||Break and Networking|
|3:00 PM||Ministry Showcase and Open Mike|
|4:00 PM||Round Table Presentations|
|7:00 PM||Plenary Session: Rev. Eiko Takamizawa|
|9:00 PM||Good Night|
|Saturday Feb. 13, 2016|
|8:00 AM||Prayer Time|
Plenary Session: Rev. Ken Shigematsu
|10:30 AM||Seminar Introductions|
|10:45 AM||3rd Seminar Segment:|
|Fruitful Friendships with Japanese – Andy Pearce|
|Building Partnerships with Churches in Japan – Keiko Yoshimura-Brand|
|Japan’s Christian Roots – Kenny Joseph|
|Japanese Religiosity: Historical Development and Contemporary Situation – Eiko Takamizawa|
|Alua Ohana O’Hula (God’s Family of Dancers) – Tammy Cosare|
|11:45 AM||Networking and Booths|
|1:00 PM||Black Gospel Music Workshop- Ray Sidney|
|1:45 PM||Seminar Introductions|
|2:00 PM||4th Seminar Segment:|
What is Mentoring? – Let’s Make a Difference in Discipling! – Mayumi Pohl
| Loving Like Jesus Did: Reaching Those on the Fringes
of Japanese Society with the Love of Jesus – Anne Crescini
|Making a Good Impression and Equipping Returnees – Mao Shimizu|
|Common Issues Facing Japanese Living in the US – Ken Yabuki|
|3:00 PM||Transition Break|
Plenary Session: Rev. Eiko Takamizawa – Black Gospel Choir/Hula Dancers
|Good-bye – See you next year!|
Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Drawing on both eastern and western leadership philosophies with a penchant for risk-taking, Ken is a unique figure as a senior pastor. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo for two years. Ken is the author of the bestselling and award winning, God in My Everything. His book is due to be released in Japan from Word of Life Press at the end of June this year. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.
カナダ都市部における最も大きな教会の一つで、教会員は民族的にも社会経済的にも多様性が特長。シゲマツ師はリスクを恐れず、東洋・西洋両方の精神をあわせ持つユニークなリーダーとして知られる。牧師になる前には、東京でソニー株式会社に２年間勤務。カナダの「ワード・ギルド」最優秀賞を受賞したベストセラー『God in My Everything』が2015年6月下旬、いのちのことば社より『忙しい人を支える賢者の生活リズム』として刊行予定。妻早基子、ジョーイ（穣）と共にバンクーバー在住。
Born in Kofu City of Yamanashi Prefecture. She converted from atheism to Christianity while she was a college student. She then dedicated herself to ministry, receiving the M.Div degree from ACTS Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Trinity International University. Currently, she teaches missions at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Korea, and is also the cooperating pastor of the Japanese congregation at Hallelujah Community Church in a suburb of Seoul. As the first Japanese woman missiologist, she also is active as a messenger and seminar speaker all around the world.
Andy has been serving full-time in international student ministry in the Los Angeles area for the past 15 years with International Students, Inc. He supervises 19 team leaders as Southern California Area Director and focuses personally on serving international scholars at Caltech in Pasadena. Andy has a B.S. in Mathematics from UCLA and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working on a PhD at William Carey International University in Pasadena. He and his wife have four daughters (21, 19, 17, and 16) and one son (13).
Fruitful Friendships with Japanese –Authentic relationships with/among Japanese can lead to softened hearts and deep, transparent friendships. These friendships open the door to the experiencing of the Gospel and its power in both words and action. As lives are transformed and discipleship begins, the desire to serve others in the name of Jesus develops. Practical steps for developing fruitful ministry based on friendship will be discussed.
Anne Crescini is university teacher and writer based in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. She also works extensively with her local church to bring the gospel of Jesus to the Japanese people. She has written four books on Japanese culture and regularly blogs about her experiences in Japan. She has been happily married to her husband Riz, a lifestyle photographer, for 17 years, and has been blessed with three wonderful daughters.
Loving Like Jesus Did: Reaching Those on the Fringes of Japanese Society with the Love of Jesus – In this seminar, Anne will talk about the importance of reaching those on the fringes of Japanese society, in particular the mentally troubled and homosexual communities, with the love of Jesus. She will explore the cultural concepts and beliefs such as the uchi/soto dynamic which leave these groups feeling marginalized, and explore different strategies about how we as Christians can reach out to them, and love them into the Kingdom of God.
Born in Kofu City of Yamanashi Prefecture. Eiko converted from atheism to Christianity while she was a college student. She then dedicated herself to ministry, receiving the M.Div degree from ACTS Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Trinity International University. Currently, she teaches missions at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Korea, and is also the cooperating pastor of the Japanese congregation at Hallelujah Community Church in a suburb of Seoul. As the first Japanese woman missiologist, she also is active as a messenger and seminar speaker all around the world.
山梨県甲府市出身。学生時代に無神論者からキリスト者となり、献身して韓国のＡＣＴＳ神学校で牧会学修士（M.Div）を、米国のトリニティ神学校で異文化博士号(Ph.D.)を取得する。現在、韓国トーチ・トリニティ神学大学院で宣教学を教える傍ら、ソウル郊外のハレルヤ教会日本語部の協力牧師として仕 えつつ、初の日本の女性宣教学担当者として、韓国、日本各地を始め、インド、ベトナム、フィリピン、ネパール等のアジア諸国、やイランやヨルダンの中東諸 国、さらにアメリカ、ブラジルなどでメッセンジャーやセミナー講師として活動している。
Japanese Religiosity: Historical Development and Contemporary Situation
日本の宗教性：その歴史的発展と今日の状況 The seminar will have a birdseye view of Japanese Religiosity, how they were introduced and developed. We will see the complex spiritual composition of today’s Japanese religious life. We hope to discuss what will be the effective ways to reach the Gospel to Japanese souls in these situations.
– John Baxter is a Converge missionary working as the professor of missions at the Cebu Graduate School of Theology in Cebu City, Philippines. In 2011, he was appointed International Catalyst of the Global Diaspora Network of the Lausanne Movement. In 2014, John started NextMove Diaspora Ministry which is a ministry of Frontier Ventures helping mission sending agencies work effectively in the global diaspora (see NextMove.net).
Moving Forward: New Opportunities in Diaspora Missions
This seminar will briefly review the evolution of diaspora missions and focus on new ideas, methods, and partnerships that are arising today. These would include a growing understanding of the nature of the dynamics of the global diaspora, new strategies for reaching the diaspora, the emergence of mission networks focused on the diaspora, new mapping tools, social media strategies, etc…
Keiko Yoshimura-Brand was born and raised near Tokyo, Japan. She came to the U.S. in 2002 and graduated from Concordia University, Irvine CA in 2004 with master’s degree in Theology and Culture. Her thesis was titled “An Effective Christian Ministry in a Japanese Cultural Context.” This will be her 4th seminar at RJC.
Building Up Partnerships with Churches in Japan – Japanese Ministry has to been seen in a long-term big picture. To make Japanese Ministry in the U.S. successful in a true sense, it is very important to partner with churches in Japan. She will share Magnolia Baptist Church’s Japanese Ministry including weekly English Class for Japanese, Summer Homestay Program, and Japan Study Tour/Mission Trip she conducted in May 2015.
Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. He holds a doctorate in spiritual theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Ken is the author of the international bestseller God in My Everything. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.
Life-Giving Rhythms – This seminar will focus on how busy people can experience Christ not only in their Bible reading and formal prayers, but in their home life, work, and play by creating a “rule of life.” Drawing on insights from Ken’s bestselling book God in My Everything, the session will explore how a person can create a life-giving rhythm that supports rather than sabotages a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ken Yabuki, MFT is a counselor with Asian American Counseling Service (AACCS) in Alhambra, CA. He is a former pastor at Union Church of Los Angeles. He has also been active in the field of mental health counseling for over 40 years. He is the author of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People and What Can Be Done About It, published by Westbow Press. He has been married for 45 years and is a grandfather of two delightful boys.
Common Issues Facing Japanese Living in the US – There are various sub-groups of Japanese living in the US, including Issei, Nissei, Sansei, Yonsei, Shin-issei (new immigrants and their families) and students. The seminar will address the sociological issues faced by each group, followed by a discussion on how to connect with them.
In 1951 a 23-year old Chicago native named Kenny Joseph traveled to Tokyo, Japan after hearing a call by General Douglas MacArthur for missionaries to assist with a spiritual rebirth of the Japanese people. Three years later Lila Finsaas followed a similar path and after meeting in Japan, the two were married. 54 years 113 years of collective service later, the two were honored on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at a birthday party in Tokyo which also served as a book release party for a new book on their lives and work in Japan.
Japan’s Christian Roots “How different the real history of the world is to what we are often taught! How inspiring it is to read the hidden Christian history of Japan. Rev. Kenny Joseph has searched out amazing facts and elusive evidences of the many thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ whom one has never heard of before; from the 1st century AD missionary groups of the Church of the East who traveled from the Middle East to proclaim the glory of the risen Lord to the inhabitants of Japan, to the 1,300,000 Christian Japanese martyrs of the 17th century. His striking illustrations shock us into the reality of what he reveals.
Mao Shimizu is a co-worker, friend and husband of Setsu Shimizu of JCFN. He currently works at a language school as an administrator. He has been involved in a Japanese outreach cell group, called “Ochanoma”, since 2012. He and his wife reside in Costa Mesa, CA.
How to Make a Great Impression and Equip Them to Return How to reach out to Japanese. (First encounter). Let them realize that they are NOW a Christian. (Confident in Christ and Salvation). Then help to find a Christian connection wherever they came from in Japan.
Makito Matsuda, born in 1976, has been the pastor of Oasis Chapel Rifu Christ Church in Miyagi Prefecture since 1999. After the Triple Disaster, he has also been the founder and representative of the disaster-area relief organization, Oasis Life Care. He is married and has four children.
松田牧人（まつだまきと）：1976年生まれ。1999年から現在まで宮城県のオアシスチャペル利府キリスト教会（Oasis Chapel Rifu ) . の牧師。 震災後は被災地支援団体オアシスライフ・ケアを設立して代表を務める。妻と4人の子供の6人家族。
A Church that Stands in the Midst of Crisis – 危機の中に立つ教会
The Great East Japan Earthquake that attacked the region and the church. Lessons, frustrations, hope, and vision for the future which we received in the midst of the crisis. 地域と教会を襲った東日本大震災。危機の中で得た教訓、挫折、希望、そして、将来へのビジョン。
Born and raised in Osaka. She has served as the president of Second Level Ministry since 2006.
She and her husband with 4 children became involved in a church plant that began in 2011.
Published books: Children’s bilingual books: “Meal Time Prayer” and “Morning Prayer”, Discipling resources: “15 Step Lessons” and “Living as a Disciple of Christ”
What is Mentoring? – Let’s Make a difference in Discipling!
(The workshop will be in Japanese.)
Mentoring someone is a great spiritual investment. It is a biblical way to “love your neighbor.” In this workshop, you will learn that discipling and mentoring are key for spiritual growth and revival in Japan. Please bring your open heart to receive God’s calling to make a difference one at a time!
Brown, Naoko was born and raised in Shizuoka City in Japan and has been living in the US for over 20 years. In 1997 she was lead to Christ by an American woman who was on staff with ISI (International Students Incorporated). Over the last several years, she has been a part of RJC Academy and under the guidance of Don Wright. Currently, she works full-time in a research lab at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville TN.
Japanese Culture And Barriers To The Gospel
Why are the Japanese so hard to lead to Christ? Let’s take a look at some of the major cultural barriers behind their resistance to the Gospel. This seminar is for those who are new to the Japanese culture.
Rev. Noriko Kussman, is an evangelist who received her MDiv from Fuller Seminary. She went through tragic injuries involving 11 surgeries. Her personal experience of inner and outer pain has been a helping tool to socially withdrawn Japanese nationals.
Hardworking Japanese, Burnout & Social Withdrawal – Japanese Christians are often hard working perfectionists. When problems arise, they work hard with “ganbaru” spirit without complaining, blame themselves for mistakes and get burnt out in the end. Noriko will share how she got burnt out and came out of it in the name of the Lord.
Paul Gizzi, Director of Seahorse Soccer Ministries (a division of Missionary Athletes International – MAI) Los Angeles Division. Paul has had a particular focus on the country of Japan for the past 20 years bringing college age teams to Central Japan and hosting Japanese university teams here. He is an MK from Japan, born there, love the people & culture and passionate about them coming to know Jesus Christ. (He speaks basic Japanese with a decent “hatsuoun”).
Sports Ministry in Japan – How to Reach the Unreachable – We will discuss the methodology of sports ministry of how and why it is effective. We will address partnerships with pastors and churches (validation, connection & follow-up). Also, how to get lay folks involved.
Ray Sidney has been singing in the church since he was five years old. His passion and life’s mission is to sing for the Lord and to share that Gospel Good News with others. Ray is living his mission. Ray is referred to as a “Musicianary.” (don’t look it up in the dictionary)
For several years now, Ray has shared his gifts beyond the four walls of the church, performing in multiple professional gospel groups that have performed all over America in venues like BB Kings’ Blues Club and the House of Blues. The Lord was preparing me and called me for my mission in this life of Kingdom building. He told me I’ve blessed you now go out and be a blessing. If I couldn’t find someone to be a blessing to, create a situation where people can be blessed. Going to Japan was my way of going and finding someone.
Workshop –The gospel music workshops are my way of creating a situation for people to be blessed and equipping them to go out and bless others. My calling is to share the good news to Japan and the Japanese through Black Gospel music.
Tammy Wood-Cosare is a co-leader for the Gardena Valley Baptist Church Hula Ministry. She works full time for the Los Angeles Unified School District – Homeless Education Program. In addition to the Hula Ministry, she is a co-leader for a Women’s Small Group and teaches 2nd/3rd grade Sunday school.
Gospel Hula: Alua Ohana O’ Hula (God’s Family Of Dancers) – In this class you will discover how to worship God through hula. We will also share ways in which we have used hula to reach others for Christ within our local community and in Japan.
Understanding Masked Hikikomori Masked hikikomori prevents many Japanese people from trusting people and God, because of isolation of the true self. This culture-specific syndrome may be the cause for unsuccessful evangelism in Japan.
Spiritual Formation is a key component for effective outreach to Japanese. In the 2016 RJC Pre-Conference, four ministry leaders in various ministry situations, including RJC conference speaker, Ken Shigematsu, shared their personal practice of spiritual formation, followed by a panel discussion of the impact that personal spiritual formation has on outreach.
霊的形成は効果的なアウトリーチには欠かせないものです 。2016年のRJC Pre-Conferenceでは RJCコンファレンス講師のケン・シゲマツ師を初め、４人のミニストリーリーダーたちを通して霊的形成に関して共に考えます。それぞれのリーダーに個人の霊的形成の歩みを分かち合っていただきます。そして、その後は４人合わせてのパネルディスカションで、霊的形成はどのようにアウトリーチを影響するかを話し合っていただきます。この Pre-Conference は基本的にバイリンガルで行われます。
Ray Sidney’s passion and his life’s mission is to sing for the Lord and to share the Gospel Good News with others. Besides his music ministry in the Southern California area, Ray has been ministering throughout the world, and especially in Japan through “Gospel Music Workshops”. As he did at the 2012 RJC conference, Ray will teach the basics of Black Gospel Music in the Saturday afternoon workshop, and then sing at the Saturday evening concert.Those who participate in the afternoon session will be able to also sing in the evening session.
Advanced Registration by January 31
• Pre-Conference (Thursday Morning & Afternoon) $30 (Door $30)
• Conference (Thursday Evening to Saturday) $90 (Door $100)
• One Day Only $50 (Door $60)
• Student Conference $40 (Door $50)
• Student One Day Only $25 (Door $30)
Children of all ages are welcome, but there will not be a children’s program or babysitting provided. You do not need to register your children (under 13) in advance. Children’s meals ($5.00) can be paid for at the conference.
The International RJC Conference will be held at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church.
2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana, CA.
From the 22 Fwy. East: Exit Fairview St. Turn right. The church is 1/2 block past Trask Ave. on the right.
From the 22 Fwy. West: Exit Haster St. Turn left. Turn left onto Garden Grove Blvd. Turn right onto Fairview St. The church is ó block past Trask Ave. on the right.
From the 5 Fwy. South: Exit City Dr. Turn right. Turn right onto Garden Grove Blvd. Turn left onto Fairview St. The church is ó blocks past Trask Ave. on the right.
You are responsible for your own flight and hotel reservations.
(12901 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA. Phone: 714-539-4200) is less than a mile from the church. A group rate is available. Use the Group Name “RJC” when making a reservation.
John Wayne Airport: The nearest airport.
Shuttle service may be available.
LAX: It is approximately 1¼ hours from Wintersburg. See Shuttle to LAX for reasonable transportation.