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Minimum USD Salary: 76,007
Maximum USD Salary: 76,007

Industry: Resonate Global Mission

Company: The Christian Reformed Church in North America

Leadership Developer – E Asia Region

Department: Resonate Global Mission

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: International

Reporting To: E Asia Regional Leader

Compensation: $76,007 / year




Local Discipleship and Church Planting Ministry

  1. Identify and develop long-term reciprocal relationships with national Christian leaders, churches and organizations that share a vision for planting a multicultural faith community in Tokyo or another suitable city where there are significant diaspora communities..
  2. Nurture trusting and authentic relationships with those who are not yet believers in their local context.
  3. Share the whole gospel in effective and meaningful ways that are culturally appropriate to the Japanese context and target peoples..
  4. Develop trusting relationships with non-believers and help them discern and take the next steps in their faith journey.
  5. Disciple new believers individually and in small group settings to deepen their faith, expand their engagement with scripture and increase their ability to share their faith with others.
  6. Identify and nurture emerging leaders, equipping them for formal and informal leadership.
  7. Collaborate actively with a community of practice relating to the ministry for mutual learning and growth.

Service to North America

  1. Participate in support-raising (e.g., prayer, care and financial support) for Resonate Global Mission’s ministries by developing and maintaining a network of supporting churches and individuals in North America.
  2. Ensure notes of thanks are sent to donors in a timely manner.
  3. Educate the CRCNA and others about the nature of the global church and its mission, encouraging them to develop a deeper passion and involvement in global missions.
  4. Provide the CRCNA as warranted with insight and resources for ministry among minority racial/national/religious groups living in North America about which the staff member missionary has knowledge and expertise.
  5. Communicate the nature and impact of Resonate Global Mission’s ministries to the CRCNA and others through written communications, and through preaching/speaking engagements.



  1. Professing membership in a Christian Reformed congregation, or of a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, and agreement with the doctrine of the church signified by signing a covenant statement. Ordination in the CRCNA is strongly preferred.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to gospel witness and the integral word and deed mission of the church as expressed in Resonate’s foundational documents. Commitment to living out the Resonate postures.
  3. Demonstrated affinity and passions for ministering among people of different sociocultural backgrounds including the poor and marginalized.
  4. Commitment to develop fluency in primary local language.
  5. Demonstrated effective cross-cultural awareness and capabilities.
  6. Demonstrated ability to listen well and empower others for gospel witness and ministry.
  7. Proven capacity to be creative and innovative in complex situations without a predetermined map.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with others from different cultures and religious backgrounds.
  9. Self-motivated and proven quality administrative and organizational skills.
  10. Ability to travel to and from North America periodically.


  1. B.A. with significant formal or informal study of theology. Commitment to further theological study as appropriate.
  2. At least three years of practical ministry experience in contexts where crossing racial, ethnic, or other social barriers was necessary.
  3. Previous experience and participation in and/or leadership of new expressions of church preferred.
  4. Training in spiritual formation and a demonstrated commitment to interactive learning are preferred.

****Intermediate Steps

The successful candidate for this position will pass through two intermediate steps before taking up the tasks outlined in this position description; the rate range for each step is included.

Step #1

Missionary Candidate: The purpose of this position is to prepare for international service by building a network of prayer, care and financial support in North America that will enable future ministry. Ordinarily, this will progress from part-time to full-time as the support network grows through the work of the candidate and the missionary support team that is designed for this purpose. One can expect to be in this role for 6-12 months, depending on how quickly the support network comes together.

Step #2

Missionary in Training: The purpose of this role is to develop language and culture skills, ministry skills and relationships that will enable future ministry, and begin to use those in ministry. Ordinarily, one can expect to be in this role for 12 to 24 months, depending on prior background and experience. The pay range for this step is US or Canada on the International scale.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

This position requires residence in Japan and travel to and from North America periodically.

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