A network of church-planting churches in urban Japan

 
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Our Mission:
To glorify God by making disciples through planting gospel-centered churches in urban Japan.

Our Vision:
To see the cities of Japan saturated with and impacted by gospel-centered churches that further the global cause of Jesus Christ. 

What we do:
Recruit and train church planters
Catalyze church plants
Support church planters and church plants

 

What is a Mustard Seed Network church like?

 
 
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Core Beliefs and Implied Best Practices

 
 

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

  • Striving to create a church of which God approves

  • Promoting the glory of Christ in not only our church and network but in all churches

  • Cultivating the vibrancy of every ministry leader’s Christian walk

  • Making the worship of God the chief goal of every ministry endeavor.

All ministry should be centered around the gospel.

  • Gospel-centered preaching

  • Gospel-centered social justice

  • Gospel-centered gatherings

  • Gospel-centered church leadership

The Bible is the inerrant, efficacious, and sufficient Word of God.

  • Expository preaching

  • Biblical counseling

  • The public reading of scripture

  • Guarding Biblical doctrine

The mission of the church is to make disciples through proclaiming the gospel.

  • Planting churches by the relentless dissemination of the gospel message

  • Planting churches that grow through evangelizing non-Christians

  • Equipping normal people to share the gospel with normal people

  • Baptizing believers by immersion and teaching obedience to all Jesus taught

 

The church is God’s chosen instrument by which he wants to reach the world.

  • Church planting

  • Training disciples to make disciples

  • Establishing the Biblical marks of the church including baptism and the Lord’s supper

  • Equipping saints for works of ministry

The gospel must be contextualized for people in every time and place.

  • Creating services where non-Christian people will gather to interact with the gospel

  • Making the aesthetics of worship reflect the sensibilities of the culture

  • Analyzing culture

  • Doing nothing to coerce people to accept the gospel but doing anything short of sinning to get people to interact with the gospel

God has given a variety of gifts and roles to the church for ministry.

  • Encouraging the use of a variety of gifts in a variety of roles in the body of Christ

  • Appointing pastors to lead, pray for, and teach the church

  • Training Christian leaders who will be able to train others also

  • Establishing Biblical male church leadership over congregations

 
 

Statement of faith

Mustard Seed Network churches adhere to biblical, orthodox, evangelical Christianity. The Lausanne Covenant can be consulted as a detailed statement of faith.

 
 

Mustard Seed Network churches are…

GOSPEL-CENTERED
Mustard Seed Network churches strive to proclaim the good news of the person and work of Jesus and apply it to every aspect of life. Mustard Seed Network churches put a great emphasis on Biblical, expository preaching in warm, welcoming, worship services.  

DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES
Mustard Seed Network churches encourage and equip their members to grow in their own discipleship as well as a life of disciple-making of others. Church members grow in these areas in Christian community through church small groups. 

DIVERSE
While the majority of worshipers at these churches are Japanese, Mustard Seed Network churches are comprised of people from all over the world. Because these churches have been planted in globalized cities, people from Japan, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico, and the United States have been baptized at these churches. 

Our Story

 
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In 2007, compelled by Christ's commission and the great need for the gospel in Japan, a team of church planters moved to Japan with a vision to make disciples by planting churches in urban Japan. The first church began in December 2009 in Nagoya, Japan. In a ministry characterized by gospel-proclamation, relentless evangelism, biblical teaching, and authentic community, disciples were soon made and the kingdom of God grew in Japan. Within two years a team was sent to Osaka and a second church was planted. A third and fourth church has been planted in Kobe and Kyoto. Mustard Seed Network endeavors to plant 8 more churches in Japan’s largest urban areas by 2025. 

 
 
 

Numbers:

Church plants: 4
Cumulative baptisms: 120
Cumulative church attendance: 450
Church planters in Japan: 32
Church planters fundraising: 7
Local church staff: 8
Local elders: 3
Years of ministry in Japan: 9

Who is Mustard Seed Network?

Board

 
Ken Baruth - Toyota Financial Services - Frisco, TX

Ken Baruth - Toyota Financial Services - Frisco, TX

Pat Creech - Wellborn Baptist Foundation - Evansville, IN

Pat Creech - Wellborn Baptist Foundation - Evansville, IN

Jay Greer - Mustard Seed Christian Church - Osaka, Japan

Jay Greer - Mustard Seed Christian Church - Osaka, Japan

Beau Hughes - The Village Church Denton - Denton, Texas

Beau Hughes - The Village Church Denton - Denton, Texas

Chris DeWelt - Ozark Christian College - Joplin, MO

Chris DeWelt - Ozark Christian College - Joplin, MO

Andy Rodriguez - Mustard Seed Christian Church - Nagoya, Japan

Andy Rodriguez - Mustard Seed Christian Church - Nagoya, Japan

Matt Gilchrist - Christ's Church of Oronogo - Oronogo, MO

Matt Gilchrist - Christ's Church of Oronogo - Oronogo, MO

Damien Spikereit - Ozark Christian College - Joplin, MO

Damien Spikereit - Ozark Christian College - Joplin, MO

Officers

 
Alan Stanley - Treasurer Mustard Seed Network Home Office Support

Alan Stanley - Treasurer
Mustard Seed Network Home Office Support

Nicole Davison - Secretary Mustard Seed Network Home Office Support

Nicole Davison - Secretary
Mustard Seed Network Home Office Support

 

Staff

 
Mike Ackerman - Director of Personnel Development - Joplin, MO

Mike Ackerman - Director of Personnel Development - Joplin, MO

Chad Farmer - Director of Operations and Deployment - Nagoya, Japan

Chad Farmer - Director of Operations and Deployment - Nagoya, Japan

Chris DeWelt - Director of Member Care - Joplin, MO

Chris DeWelt - Director of Member Care - Joplin, MO

Tori Covert - Donor Support - Oronogo, MO

Tori Covert - Donor Support - Oronogo, MO

Lyndsey Evans - Director of Global Communications - Columbus, OH

Lyndsey Evans - Director of Global Communications - Columbus, OH

 

Church Planters

 

Nagoya
Andy and Jenny Rodriguez
Atsushi and Yuka Ogaki
David and Sarah Mae Livengood
Akira and Sarah Soyama

Osaka
Matthew and Jessica Whelchel
Yuma and Sally Tarui

Kobe
Kevin and Nozomi West
Tom and Emi Shimatani
Reo Yoshida
Jon and Brie Patton
Kelcy and Lacey White

Kyoto
Seth and Megan Philip
Jared and Stephanie Henke
Ethan and Audrey Greer
Sam and Rachel Martin
Benjamin Shimomura

Yokohama
Patrick and Ellen McGinty

Tokyo
Jay and Caitlin Greer
Luke and Jenna Fangman
Tanner Salva
Delaney Melaven
Chad and Hiroko Farmer
Michael and Yumi Creed
Joshua Walter