Why do you hope to do church planting in Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church (KMGC)?
After our term with Oyumino Christ Church, we hope to partner with KMGC to start their second worship site at Kaihin Makuhari. Among the many cities and neighborhoods in Japan, we decided to plant with KMGC for the following three reasons.
Prime Location for a Church Plant: Among the four prefectures in Greater Tokyo, Chiba Prefecture has the lowest church density of about 19,000 people per church. Furthermore, the small residential area of Kaihin Makuhari will grow to about 35,000 people with a high concentration of young families--but with only one church serving this neighborhood.
Ideal Partner for Church Planting: The church plant will be the daughter church of Kaihin Makuhari Megumi Church (KMGC). KMGC was planted in Kaihin Makuhari 18 years ago and is one of the rare cases of a Japanese church plant that particularized, became financially independent within 10 years, and wants to plant a new church.
Strategic Hub for a Three-Pronged Ministry: Because of the location, the proximity, the existing ministry, and the potential of new developments, the Makuhari Team can be involved in three strategic ministries. First, we can focus on reaching out to the existing Bay Town neighborhood. Second, we can reach out to Bay Park--a new development that will be home to approximately 10,000 people. Third, we can reach out to several campuses.