John started the new year by going with Dan Iverson, Pastor Makoto Fukuda, and Shohei Ueki to Hiroshima for the CPI church planting Next Steps seminar. About 30 gathered from that region to consider the how-to’s of church planting. John shared about vision in Japan, contextualizing for the Japan soil, conflict in ministry, and finishing well. He also was on the two panels on leadership development and nuts and bolts of church planting.
This seminar was the last in a whirlwind of 6 regional seminars where over 250 leaders were trained. Unlike 2018 where we focused on regions 2019 will focus toward our biennial national conference November 13-15. This conference could exceed the over 600 who came in 2017. Before that will be the Church Multiplication Vision Festa in July. Both the CPI Leadership Team and the Vision Festa Lead Team will have long-range planning meetings in the next several weeks.