Our nature & purpose
Nature & Purpose Statement
We are an English-speaking community of believers within the Musashino Evangelical Free Church and subscribe entirely to its constitution and bylaws.
Our fundamental focus is on the triune God and His Holy Word, glorifying Him through our worship, our preaching and teaching, and in our commitment to holiness. Secondarily, we desire to see this local body strengthened through prayer, discipleship, training, serving, and caring. Our third area of focus is evangelism. A proper focus on God, both personally and as a body, will result in a concern for unsaved people around us—both expatriates and Japanese. To these ends, the aim of our services is to bring glory to God, deepen our knowledge of Him, strengthen us as a body of believers, and be attractive to visitors—both believers and unbelievers—and to send those returning to their home countries more equipped to serve Jesus Christ.
As an international body, the MCC English Department is unique in its make-up and function. Our approach to fellowship, worship, and self-government is strongly affected by our diversity of culture, mother tongue, vocation, geographical dispersion, denomination, and in many cases, temporary stay in Japan; and our usage of the English language is a strategic advantage as we pursue our commitment to evangelism. We also have a uniqueness of function in that we operate as part of a greater church, synchronously with a Japanese department, working in partnership on the MCC Board, and with the Japanese Department and its pastors. In addition, we seek to work with missionaries and tentmakers as well as various para-church organizations.
As a result of our focus on the Word of God, worship, building up of this body of believers, and evangelism, we will see a growing number of those in our department growing in grace, knowledge, maturity, and fruitfulness; and using the spiritual and personal gifts God has given us for the benefit of this body and for reaching the community in which we live with the gospel of salvation. As we reach out, we anticipate a consistent number of visitors at our worship services, a healthy percentage returning regularly for worship and fellowship, and unbelievers coming to a saving faith and true knowledge of Jesus Christ in either the English or Japanese department of MCC.
April 8, 1990
Amendments approved by the English Department Council July 6, 2008 and November 9, 2014