Parachurch

KGK celebrates its 70th anniversary

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Tokyo’s Waseda University didn’t have enough classrooms. The university decided to ease the problem by holding lessons on Sundays. A handful of Christian students opposed the move, […]

Parachurch

Parachurch organizations partnering with local churches

E‌ighteen hundred towns and villages in Japan have no church, and increasingly, established churches are declining. Parachurch organizations can speed the process of establishing churches in unchurched areas and help revitalize outreach in areas with […]

Evangelism

Japan’s parachurch pioneers

This article introduces Toyohiko Kagawa (1888-1960) and the work of the Friends of Jesus, a parachurch group founded in 1921. Kagawa was born in Kobe to a wealthy merchant-bureaucrat and his geisha second wife. His […]

Parachurch

A new parachurch model

Historically, there are two kinds of structures that God has used: (1) local churches and denominations, and (2) parachurch organizations that are independent of the church—such as mission societies, Bible societies, evangelistic organizations, and social […]

Evangelism

Sidewalk Chapel

E‌arly every Saturday morning around 100 people gather in Yoyogi Park for worship. Most of them are not even believers yet. Many hear the good news for the first time. Regardless of the weather they […]