初の信徒総会開催!/ Grace City’s First Congregational Meeting


An English translation is provided below.

今回は、グレースシティのスタッフ野村隆嗣(のむら たかつぐ)さんが信徒総会について記事を書いてくださいました。










This week, Grace City staff member Takatsugu Nomura writes about our recent first Congregational Meeting.

For detailed information about the Congregational Meeting as well as the church in general, including descriptions of the roles of pastor, elders, and deacons and information about the structure and organization of the church, please see the following materials on our website: https://www.gracecitychurch.jp/information

It has been seven years since the planting of Grace City Church Tokyo began in 2010.

We are thankful to God for sustaining us by his grace and for giving us the joy of sharing that grace with others. As the number of members and congregants has grown, in order to continue to live out our mission as the light of the world and salt of the earth by spreading the Gospel of Jesus, the time came for the church to be established formally. For this reason, we recently held our first Congregational Meeting. Until now we have had yearly Vision Meetings, but this was the first formal gathering, and it was with slightly nervous looks on their faces that the members filed into the auditorium.

At this meeting, we not only heard reports on the church’s vision, ministries, and finances, but also took a vote to confirm the selection of a candidate for pastor. It is the pastor’s job to preach the Word of God, equip the members for ministry, serve through teaching and training, and together with the elders, to lead the church (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 5:17).

In addition to the pastor, we also voted to confirm two candidates for elder. As leaders of the church along with the pastor, elders are to model a life of faith as examples, as well as support the health and growth of the church through prayer, teaching, training, and oversight (1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

Finally, we were able to confirm five candidates for deacon, who are appointed to serve through mercy and justice. Learning from Jesus’ own example of mercy, they serve in charitable ministries, spreading the love of God to the church’s neighbors and throughout society (1 Timothy 3:8-13; Philippians 1:1).

Next, the pastoral and elder candidates will be interviewed and examined at the Tokyo Presbytery (a meeting of all the pastors and elders in the Tokyo area), then the deacon candidates will be interviewed at the Session (a meeting of Grace City’s own pastor and elders). After this they will be installed in their positions. Please pray for these remaining steps.

The Congregational Meeting was also an opportunity for the church’s members to deepen their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the pastor, elders, and deacons. It was inspiring to see them thoughtfully and prayerfully submitting their votes. We would greatly appreciate your prayers that the Lord would bless the work of our newly confirmed pastor, elders, and deacons, and that they would lead our church well in spreading the Gospel of grace in Tokyo.

And finally, we are deeply grateful for the grace-filled leadership our true leader, the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ.