The online talk show “What The Pastors!!” was started in autumn 2015 with the hope that it would “encourage all Christians.” Hosted by Pastor Masaru Asaoka of Tokumarucho Christ Church, (Japan Alliance Christ Church/Dōmei Kirisuto Kyōdan), and Shigenori Ōshima, the general secretary of KGK (Kirisutosha Gakusei Kai), the show is well accepted due to the variety of guests that join the broadcast.
A special public recording of the show took place on September 22, 2016 at Ochanomizu Christian Center to celebrate the completion of one year of broadcasts since its debut.
The pastors spoke in unscripted casual conversations, talked about how they tackle various issues, and answered questions from the audience and listeners. The live “at home” atmosphere was held in front of an audience of regular listeners, former guests, and family members of the pastors.
Pastor Yōichirō Yamamoto of Tajimi Chūō Christ Church, Japan Alliance Christ Church, was the guest for this special occasion. Yamamoto has been a friend of Asaoka since childhood. He spoke about personal issues such as a time when he was distant from God, his childhood, his worries while in Bible college, and struggles he encounters while pastoring. Yamamoto also performed a number of songs he has composed. The public recording was broadcast in three segments, on October 7, 17, and 27, 2016.
The talk show is uploaded on dates ending in the number 7 and is accessible on the PBA website, iTunes, and Google Play. As of January 17, 2017, the 30-minute show had recorded 50 episodes filled with laughter, problem-solving, and tears. The hosts and guests pour their hearts out as listeners hear about the daily lives of pastors, their personal life experiences, their relationship with God, and their families and churches. Some of the listeners are Japanese Christians living abroad who are seeking fellowship in Japanese.
Summarized and translated by Grace Koshino from the Christian Shimbun for Japan Update #72 (Winter 2017), the English newsletter of the Japan Evangelical Association (JEA)