On Sept. 16, the Kyodan and the Korean Christian Church in Japan celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Mutual Mission Agreement, which was established on Feb. 8, 1984 at the Tokyo Korean YMCA in Chiyoda, Tokyo. There were 25 members of the Kyodan and 34 members of the KCCJ present.
Kyodan (former) Vice-moderator Ito Mizuo presided at the opening worship, with KCCJ President Cho Joong Rae, pastor of Funabashi Church, giving a sermon entitled “Stand on the Mountain.” He spoke on Elijah being called by God out of the cave where he was hiding to stand on the open plain with the remaining people who had not bowed down to Baal, as recorded in I Kings, and used that incident to challenge both churches not simply to maintain their mutual agreement but rather to begin walking down a new road together.
After introducing the members at the lunch reception, Kyodan General Secretary Nagasaki Tetsuo facilitated a discussion of four panelists about the present and future of their agreement. Each panelist’s presentation was instrumental in facilitating lively discussions.
1) KCCJ General Secretary Lee Keun Soo, pastor of Ogaki Church, spoke on the past and present history of the agreement and said he felt that discussion of the agreement had not properly penetrated the local churches. He also mentioned that during the discussion of the ratification of the Mission Agreement with the Kyodan at the KCCJ General Assembly in October 1983, which included a contribution from the Kyodan of 100 million yen for cooperative mission, someone questioned whether those funds should be considered as reparations. He then stated that now, after 30 years, “We must clearly state what the fruit of the last 30 years has been, and what has changed.”
2) Heo Bae Kki, chair of the Lay Committee and pastor of Tsukuba Tokyo Church, had made a careful study about the future of the agreement. He introduced a variety of issues for consideration, including clergy exchange and potential cooperation in missionary training and utilization, providing places of worship for new churches, and working together for Korean nationals and the rights of Korean residents in Japan. Also, preparations have begun for the KCCJ-sponsored “International Conference for Minorities and Mission Strategies,” to be held in the fall of 2015. The Kyodan is being asked to cooperate.
3) Harita Makoto, member of the Mutual History Study Committee, declared it a joy to have partnered for 30 years and suggested that “in order to have a deeper fellowship and better cooperative mission, it is necessary to revise the wording of our agreement and establish a new policy.” The ambiguous language of the original agreement needs to be changed in accordance with a new understanding of mission. He feels that more churches will be able to support the cause and work together if there is clear understanding.
4) Kobashi Koichi, also a member of the Mutual History Study Committee, said that it is necessary to deepen mutual understanding of cooperative mission in order to minister to youth, women, board members, children, clergy, et cetera. Also, it is necessary to take up such issues as laws governing foreign residents, with both churches cooperating with NCCJ affiliates and other organizations for mutual understanding.
KCCJ Vice-president Kim Sung Jae, pastor of Nagoya Church, presided at the closing worship. In his sermon, entitled “Restoration of the Life and Power we have Shared,” Ishibashi Hideo commented that Peter’s first sermon caught the souls of the people, leading them to a truly renewed life of worship, communion, and mission. (Tr. WJ)
—From Shinpo (The Kyodan Times), No. 4807
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