A Church in Tokyo for Many NationsA church for many nations in the world's largest megacity makes sense. This is because the residents of Tokyo are increasingly diverse. The Lord is bringing people from all over the world to live in Tokyo. Furthermore, many Japanese people in Tokyo are internationalized—especially those who have lived outside Japan and have therefore gained a new perspective.
Tokyo Multicultural Church celebrates this cultural diversity in the midst of this country famous for conformity. TMC desires to display the multi-faceted glory of God by worshiping and obeying Jesus in a warm and welcoming multicultural setting. TMC will eventually have multiple language-specific departments (English, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), Tagalog, Portuguese, etc.).
God himself plans for heaven to be a community of diverse multicultural worshippers:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Rev 7:9-10, NIV)
While we journey toward that culturally diverse kingdom we can join hands in the worship and service of our King right here in Tokyo.
TMC PhasesFour words capture the church planting phases of TMC: envisioning, embarking, establishing, and enlarging.
We are currently in the Establishing Phase (2014-2020), which overlaps with the Enlarging Phase (2018-2021). To establish TMC we are developing language-specific departments, starting small groups, and seeking a future missionary couple to carry the TMC vision forward. To enlarge TMC we are praying and planning toward launching a second TMC at another location in Tokyo.
For more details see the following page on Pastor Dale’s website: http://www.tokyolittles.net/ministries/tmc/.