The city of Nagoya is part of a metropolitan area of over four million people. It was destroyed by the bombing of World War II, and was rebuilt as a modern, well planned city. Compared to the other metro areas of Japan, you’ll notice an abundance of trees, flowers, gardens and parks. Nagoya is known as the “Detroit” of Japan. Do you see all the Toyotas on the road? That’s because the world’s top car maker is right here in our back yard.
Nagoya is the third-‐largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. Of the top ten most expensive cities in the world, four of them are found in Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, and Kobe. Nagoya holds fourth place on that list.
Nagoya is located on the Pacific coast of Japan. It is the capital of the Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan’s largest economic ports. It sits right in the middle of the Chukyo Metropolitan Area – an area of 9 million people. As far as urban development andpopulation size goes, Nagoya is a great deal like the city of Chicago. However, economically, Nagoya has been dubbed the ‘Detroit of Japan’. This is because Nagoya’s main source of revenue is the automotive industry. 44% of Japanese autos are produced here and it is harbors headquarters, manufacturing operations, and distribution points for companies like Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and General Motors.
The people of Nagoya can be difficult to get to know, but of course it’s dangerous to generalize. They say if you can succeed in business in Nagoya, you can succeed anywhere. Maybe there is a parallel in ministry. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture is listed year after year as the most unreached part of Japan. The national average is one church for every 16,000 people; in Aichi, it’s one for every 26,000.
About the Nagoya Church Planting Team
“Equipping Japanese to Reach the World.”
History of the Nagoya Team
The Nagoya team was started in 1987 when the Japan Presbyterian Church helped lead the Nagoya team to its present location in an urban area on the east side of Nagoya. Two church plants were started within a few years under the leadership of MTW missionary, Bruce Young. In 1995, MTW missionary Wayne Newsome became the team leader, and since that time two more church plants and an international school have been started.
In May 2008 the Nagoya team divided into two separate teams. The teams now are divided in the the Church Planting team, led by Wayne Newsome, and the Theological Education team, led by Brett Rayl, formally Michael Oh.
Overview of Current Ministries in Nagoya
- Two church plants with team involvement in three area PCJ churches and one house church. (Two of the three PCJ churches are led by nationals and self sustaining)
- Vision to start work on two church plants in the next 2 years and potentially a total of 3 church plants in the next 5 years.
- Various evangelistic ministries including small group Bible studies, English classes, Mom and Kid’s club, cooking classes and ministry to college students
- Short-term mission trips
- Two area choir groups of 70+ people (including 15 or so Christians) led by Tom and Teresa Wilson and a Boy’s Choir for elementary aged boys.
- Seminary for training and equipping national leaders led by the Nagoya Theological Training Team
Current Missionaries on the Nagoya, Japan Church-Planting Team
- Peter and Diane Bakelaar
- Jane Brinkerhoff
- Tim and Chie Burns (JEMS Missionaries)
- Michael and Cathalain Carter
- Jake and Anna Claire Gee (Currently in Seminary)
- Ben and Julie Jensen (On HMA)
- Darlene Johnson
- Wayne and Amy Newsome (On HMA)
- Tom and Teresa Wilson
- Linda Wixon