equipper conference (ec) is a five night conference which “equips” (Ephesians 4:12) Japanese Christians who met Jesus overseas for their eventual return to their home country as ambassadors of Christ.
“It was He who gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Currently many Japanese are living abroad for various reasons. These include ongoing studies, businesses, and international marriages. The Gospel touches them and many of them become believers, who are to return to Japan some day. There are also those who became Christians in Japan but are now growing spiritually overseas. God can work through them in a great way when they go back to Japan to witness to their families and friends and to spread the Gospel message as they become connected to local churches.
Yet in reality, many of these returnees suffer what is often called "reverse-culture shock" beyond the level they had expected, which affects even their walk with Jesus. As a result, and regrettably, many of them depart from churches within a few years of returning home. God has started equipper conference by gathering several mission organizations in order to reverse this sad trend in returnee Christians’ life. The purpose of equipper conference is to prepare Japanese Christians abroad (mainly in North America) by cultural and discipleship trainings before their return, so that with God’s encouragement they will be equipped as the disciples of Christ to share His love and forgiveness in Japan.
who should come?
ec16 serves people such as,
- Japanese Christians who plan to go back home;
- Japanese Christians in North America who serve the Lord;
- Non-Japanese Christians (English speakers) who are serving such Japanese Christians; and
- Christians in Japan who want to receive and help returnee Christians.
- Plenary Sessions
- Bible Study
- Small Groups
- Returnee Related Seminars
- Japan & US Regional Meetings
- New Year Count Down
from december 27, 2016 (Tue) to january 1, 2017 (Sun)
Calvary Chapel Conference Center: http://www.mhsretreats.com/
ec16 will be held at the conference facility owned by Calvary Chapel in Murrieta, CA, outside Los Angeles. It enjoys mild temperature even in December and it has very open atmosphere. Hot spas and swim pool (both outside) are available during ec14.