Tokyo <span>Multicultural</span> Church

Tokyo Multicultural Church

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Gospel Truths

The statement of faith of Tokyo Multicultural Church is the 2008 statement of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada (EFCC).*
English version:

God’s gospel originates in and expresses the wondrous perfections of the eternal, triune God.
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

God’s gospel is authoritatively revealed in the Scriptures.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavour should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

God’s gospel alone addresses our deepest need.
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

God’s gospel is made known supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

God’s gospel is accomplished through the work of Christ.
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

God’s gospel is applied by the power of the Holy Spirit.
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

God’s gospel is now embodied in the new community called the church.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

God’s gospel compels us to Christ-like living and witness to the world.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

God’s gospel will be brought to fulfillment by the Lord Himself at the end of this age.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His holy angels when He will bring His kingdom to fulfillment and exercise His role as Judge of all. This coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

God’s gospel requires a response that has eternal consequences.
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

*The EFCC is an association of autonomous churches united in a common commitment to God’s evangel—the gospel of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again to give us eternal life. To God’s glory, the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. The EFCC's essential theological convictions are vitally connected to this gospel.



A 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.


Four words capture the church planting phases of TMC: envisioning, embarking, establishing, and enlarging.

We have been in the envisioning phase since 2008. The embarking phase has now begun (2013). By 2017 we hope to have worked through the establishing phase so that we can begin the enlarging phase in 2018. The enlarging phase entails beginning the same four phase process at another location in Tokyo.


TMC leadership discussion is open to regular attenders, but key decisions are made by members. Eventually, an all-church leadership team will be selected from among the members.

As TMC adds language-specific departments, each will have its own leadership team that operates in its own language. However, English will be the language of the all-church leadership team.

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Dale & Ann Little

Dale and Ann Little are the lead church planting couple of TMC. From 1984-2004 they served with the EFC of America ReachGlobal. During that time they planted an EFC church in greater Nagoya and led the ReachGlobal work in Japan. Since 2004 they have been with the EFC of Canada Mission (EFCCM), planting one EFC church in Tokyo and pastoring another. Dale also teaches theology part time. Both did their graduate theological studies at Trinity in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ann is from Maine, USA. Dale is a Canadian but was born and raised in Japan as a “missionary kid.” They have three married children, all living in the USA.

Dale and Ann’s profile:
Dale’s academic profile:
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Duane Dietze

Duane has led TMC’s Japanese Department since June 2014. He began his ministry in Japan with EFCA ReachGlobal in 1986. Prior to being seconded to the EFCCM and TMC, he served as a church planter in the Nagoya area, Kyoto, Ueda in Nagano Prefecture, and Fukuoka. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, he did his graduate theological studies at Trinity in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Jon Prins

Jon serves with the EFCCM and has provided TMC with intercultural insight since February 2016, teaching and leading in all departments. He was raised in Japan as a “missionary kid.” He did his graduate theological studies at Trinity in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After church planting in Japan for twenty years with EFCA ReachGlobal, mostly in the Kansai, he served for ten years as a cultural consultant for a university campus Christian ministry in greater Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. During those years his wife died of cancer. He has three children and two grandchildren.
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Kevin & Grace Hui

Kevin is helping to launch TMC’s Chinese Department. Kevin and Grace are members of the EFC Macau Gospel Center and were sent from the EFC Macau Mission to TMC in the spring of 2017. Kevin holds a Portuguese passport and Grace is a citizen of China Macau. Kevin graduated from the English theology and culture program of Tokyo Christian University in 2015. During his internships he was placed at TMC’s primary partner church, Musashino Chapel Center (English Department), and TMC.



The primary partner church of TMC is the English Department of Musashino Chapel Center (MCC), located near Kichijoji station. The dream of TMC was birthed at the MCC leadership team level, beginning at least in 2008. TMC and MCC have various ways of connecting, including at an annual mothers day picnic.


TMC also has five overseas (outside Japan) partner churches that have made a financial commitment of at least $100 per month for TMC facility costs over four years. TMC continues to seek overseas partner churches!

Cayucos Community Church (an EFC in Cayucos, California)
Peoples Church (an EFC in Pinckney, Michigan)
Trinity EFC (Woodbridge, Connecticut)
First EFC of Maine (Westbrook (greater Portland), Maine)
Watertown EFC (Watertown, Minnesota (just outside Minneapolis))

TMC most closely reflects the EFC of Canada and the EFC of America, and is a partner ministry of the EFC of Japan.



TMC needs 310,000 yen (US$3000) per month. This includes 290,000 yen ($2800) for facility rental and 20,000 yen ($200) for ministry.

Note: Missionary staff salaries are not carried by TMC.


TMC is being launched with financial subsidy from the EFC of Canada Mission’s TMC church planting fund. That fund will help TMC through 2016. After that, TMC will need to cover its own costs.

TMC gives thanks to the Lord for meeting our financial needs through the giving of TMCers and TMC partner churches.




1. 唯一の神であり、万物の創造主であり、聖なる、無限に完全であり、等しく三つの人格を持つ愛なる調和にある父、子、聖霊の永遠の存在を信じます。無限の知識と主権を持ちながら、神は寛大にも自身のために人々を救い、そしてすべてを自身の栄光のために新しくするこという永遠の目的を持っておられます。


3. 神がアダムとエバを神に似せて造られ、彼らがサタンに誘惑された時に罪を犯したことを信じます。アダムと同様に、人間は生まれつき、また自らの選択により罪人であり、神から離れ、神の怒りのもとにあります。イエス・キリストによる神の救いのみわざのみにより、私たちは救われ、和解し、新しくされます。

4. イエス・キリストが神として人の姿を取り、全き神であると同時に人間であり、二つの性質を持つ一人の人格であると信じます。イエス・キリスト、すなわちイスラエルの約束のメシアは、処女マリアに聖霊によりみごもり誕生しました。イエス・キリストは、罪のない人生を送り、ポンテオ・ピラトのもとに十字架に架けられ、死から肉体をもってよみがえり、天に昇り、父なる神の右の座に大祭司また助け主として座っておられます。

5. イエス・キリストが私たちの身代わりとなり、私たちの罪のための完全な犠牲となり、十字架で血を流されたことを信じます。イエス・キリストの贖いの死と勝利のよみがえりが唯一の救いです。

6. 聖霊によってなされるすべての事が主イエス・キリストに栄光を帰すと信じます。聖霊は、この世に有罪宣告をします。聖霊は罪人を改心させ、キリストと一体となるバプテスマを授け、神の家族の相続人として迎え入れます。さらに、聖霊は内在し、光を照らし、導き、備え、信じる者がキリストのように生き、仕えるよう力づけます。

7. 真の教会は、キリストへの信仰のみをとおし、神の恵みにより救われた者により構成されるものであると信じます。教会は、かしらであるキリストの体において聖霊により一つとされます。真の教会とは、会員が信者のみによって構成されている地域教会において具現化されます。福音を目に見える形ではっきりとあらわしたバプテスマと聖餐式の二つの聖礼典を主イエスは命じられました。これらは救いの手段ではありませんが、教会において純粋な信仰で執り行われる時、これらの聖礼典は信じる人を強め、養うこととなります。

8. 神の救いの恵みを、神が私たちを聖別される力と目的と切り離してはならないと信じます。神は、神を究極に愛し、他者を犠牲的に愛すこと、互いを大切にし、貧しい人を思いやり、虐げられた人には正義を示して信仰を実行するよう命じています。私たちは、神のことば、霊の力、キリストの御名による熱心な祈りをもって、悪の霊的な力と闘うのです。キリストの命令に従い、全ての人々の中で弟子を作り、いつもことばと行いにおいて福音を証しするのです。

9. 私たちは、主イエス・キリストが御国の完成をもたらし、全ての審判者としての役割を果たされる時、聖なる天使たちと共に、人格的、肉体的、栄光なる帰還をされることを信じます。神のみがその時を知るこのキリストの再臨は、私たちに絶えなる期待を求め、信じる人に敬けんな生活、犠牲的な奉仕と活動的な宣教をするよう働きかけます。

10. 神は、あらゆる場所の、全ての人に対し、悔いた心で神に戻り、主イエス・キリストを受け入れ、神の福音を信じるよう命じていることを信じます。神が死者をよみがえらせ、世を裁かれることを信じます。神を信じない人には裁きと永遠の刑罰を、信じる人には、新しい天国と世における主と共にある永遠の恵みと喜び、神の栄光なる恵みの賞賛を与えられます。アーメン。

カナダ福音自由教会『福音の真実:カナダ福音自由教会信仰個条の神学的解説』(ミネソタ州ミネアポリス:自由教会出版 2011年)3-5.






その後、私は見た。見よ。あらゆる国民、部族、民族、国語のうちから、だれにも数えきれぬほどの大ぜいの群衆が、白い衣を着、しゅろの枝を手に持って、御座と小羊との前に立っていた。彼らは、 大声で叫んで言った。『救いは、御座にいる私たちの神にあり、小羊にある』
ヨハネの黙示録 7:9-10 新改訳



教会開拓の4つの段階: 計画する(envisioning)、開始する(embarking)、定着する(establishing)、拡大する(enlarging)

私たちの計画段階(envisioning phase)は、2008年から始まりました。開始段階(embarking phase)は、2013年に始動しました。2017年までには、定着段階 (establishing phase)を確立し、2018年から拡大段階(enlarging phase)に入っていきたいと願っています。拡大段階(enlarging phase)は、この4つの段階をまた東京の他の地において開始していくこととなります。




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デイルとアンは、TMCの教会開拓を主導する夫妻です。デイルとアンは、1984年から2004年まで米国福音自由教会リーチグローバル(EFC of America ReachGlobal)の宣教師として仕えました。その間、名古屋圏の福音自由教会を開拓、リーチグローバルの働きを主導しました。2004年以降は、カナダ福音自由教会宣教団(EFCCM)の宣教師として東京の1つの教会を開拓、その他牧会をしました。デイルは、非常勤で神学を教えています。夫妻は、米国イリノイ州シカゴのトリニティ福音神学校の神学部を卒業しました。アンは米国メイン州出身。デイルはカナダ人ですが、日本で宣教師の子として生まれ育ちました。3人の子どもたちは結婚し、現在は米国に住んでいます。


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デュエーンは、2014年6月よりTMCの日本語部を主導しています。1986年より米国福音自由教会リーチ・グローバル(EFCA ReachGlobal)の宣教師として日本のミニストリーを開始しました。カナダ福音自由教会宣教団(EFCCM)とTMCで仕える前は、名古屋地区、京都、長野県上田市、福岡で教会開拓牧師として仕えてきました。米国ウィスコンシン州ミルウォーキー出身で、シカゴのトリニティ福音神学校の神学部を卒業しました。
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ジョン プリンス

ジョンは、カナダ福音自由教会宣教団(EFCCM)をとおして2016年2月より多文化の観点からTMCを主導し、全言語部で仕えています。ジョンは、宣教師の子として日本で育ちました。米国イリノイ州シカゴのトリニティ福音神学校の神学部を卒業しました。米国福音自由教会リーチ・グローバル(EFCA ReachGlobal)の宣教師として、主に関西地区にて20年間教会開拓に携わった後、米国ミネソタ州ミネアポリス近郊の大学のクリスチャン・ミニストリーの文化コンサルタントとして10年間仕えました。その間に、妻が癌のため天に召されました。ジョンには3人の子どもと2人の孫がいます。

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