Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

Available October 2017 at William Carey Library and Amazon.com. Since the beginning of missionary efforts in Japan in the sixteenth century, the Japanese church has experienced periods of quiet flourishing and periods of intense persecution. Arguably, however, it has never managed to take root as a truly indigenous church-despite great effort toward that aim. In Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil, John Mehn asks the question: Why? What factors have contributed to the Japanese remaining largely …

Continue reading

East Asia Regional Church Planting Network sets new goals

Twenty-three leaders met in late September in Ikoma Japan as part of the East Asia Network of the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN). Besides GCPN consultants, leaders from Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong and national teams representing Mongolia, Taiwan and Japan developed goals for national church planting processes. Short and long-range goals were set in five areas: leadership, prayer, training, strategy and national team. The team from Japan continues the direction of the Church …

Continue reading

2017 CPI Conference breaks all records

Total numbers were overwhelming with over 640 people registered, making this the biggest CPI conference ever! We have absolutely packed this newer and larger resort. Now we are in a flurry of activity getting ready for this record-breaking event on October 25-27. Please pray for the preparations, the entire staff, and that God would truly bless with the theme of Gospel and Mission. Besides leadership and administration, Elaine and John will be training in spiritual …

Continue reading

Expanding Influence

Does God ever surprise you? When we returned in January we had no idea the expanding influence there would be for church planting vision for Japan. Influence was building late last year, but this year John has been scrambling to keep up with the developments. There are several streams of interconnected movements and leaders partnering together toward a Japan national church planting initiative to see the dream of over 50,000 churches in Japan. If you …

Continue reading

Prayer Aug/September

GOD ANSWERED Our mini-tour to the US is nearly completed. We return to Japan August 18th. The time has been extremely busy but very rewarding. We visited two churches and one pastoral couple while driving 2,000 miles. Elaine had a family reunion, John met doctors and dentists, and we both had great times with our children and grandchildren. The CPI Conference preparations continue Japan National CPI Conference, October 25-27. Pray as September and October are …

Continue reading

Vision Festival

Just last week John joined 90 people to study case studies of new church plants and work towards movements of new churches in Japan. The Church Multiplication Vision Festival was held in Tokoku, the region of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. Since the disaster church numbers in some areas have tripled!  Also evangelism results, such as people trusting Christ and being baptized, has increased nearly 700% from what is normal! God is building …

Continue reading

Mehns Mini US Tour July

We will be visiting several churches and some ministry partners in July and August on a short update tour. Please pray for preparations to preach, our traveling, and that we may have great connections with people in these churches. Drop in if you are near! July 23 – Springbrook Community Church – Huntley, IL. July 30 – Berean Baptist Church – Mansfield, OH.

Continue reading

Prayer July

GOD ANSWERED John was in Seoul South Korea in late June where he met a key church planting trainer from the Exponential movement and networked with several others regarding church planting in East Asia (see below). Elaine’s progress on the latter stages of her three books (bible study, 2 devotions) is going very smoothly. Ask God to especially equip proofreaders and translators. Registrations have topped 220 already for Japan National CPI Conference, October 25-27. This …

Continue reading

Equipping Harvest Workers

Our key role in Japan is to equip and develop leaders and workers for the harvest. That is accomplished through personal coaching and mentoring and training in seminars. CPI frequently has equipping events for both Japanese and missionary.  Last month John preached once and gave three presentations on church planting to about 40 at the WEC International Mission annual gathering near Kyoto May 3-4. WEC is an historic mission originally the Worldwide Evangelization for Christ …

Continue reading