The 40th NCCJ General Assembly was held on March 19th, 20th at Kanda Christ Church of Nippon Sei Ko Kai in Chiyoda-ku.
1．Admission of Associate Member Organizations
Waseda Hoshien, Wesley Foundation, and Church World Service Japan were admitted to NCCJ as associate member organizations from a new general assembly period.
- Appointment of New Executives
NCCJ has started a new system as Rev. Koichi KOBASHI and Rev. Aminaka, who served as moderator and general secretary in the 39th general assembly, resigned. The new executive members are as follows:
Moderator: Makoto WATABE (Japan Bible Society) new
Vice moderator: Shinichi YAHAGI (Episcopal Church of Japan) remaining, Hikari KOKAI (Wesley Foundation) new
Secretary: Shinya KIM (Korean Christian Church) remaining, Jun KAJIHAMA (Japan Bible Society) new
General Secretary: SungJae KIM (Korean Christian Church) new
Chair of Finance Committee: Masayoshi FUTAMI
- The theme of the new General Assembly Period
The theme of the 40th General Assembly Period is “Advance Together in the Bonds of Peace.” (Ephesians 4:3-4). The following seven items are the core activities.
1) Spread the Gospel together. (Mark 16:19-20)
2) Testify together the God’s word in the society. (Matthew 26:52)
3) Solidarize with friends of the world. (Ephesians 4:3-4)
4) Solidarize with churches of the world (Ephesians 4:25)
5) Enrichment of NCCJ committee activities and promotion of issues
6) 70th Anniversary of NCCJ, Mission Conference 2018 to be held
7) Organization and finance
Amendment of the regulation
Improvement of donation and saving for repair
- Budget Outline
Under the severe financial situation, every member church and organization are forced to reduce the contribution to NCCJ. We reviewed the contents of the finance in the 39th General Assembly Period in light of the current situation.
- Report of the Pre-Meetings
NCCJ will hold a Mission Conference in 2018. Before that, we had four pre-meetings in 2017. The preparation committee gave a report sharing blessings of the activities.
NCCJ has been under the severe situation in personnel and finance. On the other hand, it is a big hope we have new associate member organizations. When we see the current situation of the world and Japan, the importance of NCCJ’s role is increasing. With your support and prayer, we will continue going on our new General Assembly period.