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Leaders launch first evangelism field school in Japan

Local churches commit to reaching secular audiences with evangelistic content.

Leaders launch first evangelism field school in Japan

[photo credit: North Asia-Pacific division]

The first field school of evangelism for Japan was organized this month to help reach the 99 percent of people in Japan who not Christian or unfamiliar with Christianity. The training offered at the school is set to equip local church leaders and members of 12 churches to participate in numerous evangelism and outreach initiatives throughout the year as they fulfill a commitment of doing at least three outreach events in the next nine months.

The inaugural training took place March 10-12 and focused on personal evangelism as well as specialized training for effective prayer intercession.

Additional training for upcoming months includes how to reach out to former members, how to give effective Bible studies and how to form mission-focused small groups.

Ron Clouzet, ministerial secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist church in the Northern Asia-Pacific region, was selected by the Adventist Church’s territory in Japan to lead the school of evangelism for 2017.

In April, Clouzet will hold a week-long revival meeting at Amanuma, a large church associated with Tokyo Adventist hospital, along with other churches that will join online. The revival will focus on the life-changing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Late in August, the participating churches will begin 40 days of special prayer to launch another series of evangelistic meetings. The following phase in September will focus on creating content specifically aimed to reach secular audiences.

Between October 6 and October 28, Clouzet will present at least 20 topics over a three-week period at the Amanuma Church. Other churches will have the choice of conducting satellite meetings or holding their own set of meetings. Those in attendance will have to opportunity to have visitation training and receive free resources.

At the end of the series, a mentoring and assimilation program will be formed for new believers. The expectation for the 12 participating churches is to experience true revival, a renewed sense of Adventist identity and more commitments to baptism than typically seen.