JEMS AACF

General

Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Missions-Sending
Legal Name: Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society
Established: 1951
Alias/Other Name(s): JEMS AACF

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

Jesus to every Japanese, Jesus every day. This vision statement conveys our passion to share Jesus to every Japanese person, whether in Japan, US or any area where there is a high concentration of Japanese. We also want the sharing of the Gospel to be done wherever we may find ourselves. This includes our families, our campuses, and our work places. But this occurs as we fully embrace Jesus and grow in Him (thus Jesus every day). To this end, JEMS will provide opportunities to share Jesus to the Japanese, in Japan, South America and the US. JEMS will also provide ministry opportunities to help cultivate growth in our relationship with God through AACF, Mount Hermon and PNW conferences, and other specialized ministries.

Denomination(s): Interdenominational
Member Organization(s): Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Other
Open to New Locations: Yes
Service Locations: Local (City/State)
International
Active Cities:
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Seattle, WA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Seattle, WA
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Active Regions: N/A
Active States: N/A
Active Countries: Brazil
Japan
Paraguay
Peru

Doctrinal Statement:

We, the Japanese Evangelical Society, believe... That the Bible is God's Word, written by men divinely and uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that is is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, the world's only Saviour; in His pre-existence, virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial, bodily resurrection and personal return. In the Holy Spirit as a Person, in dwelling and empowering the believer, convicting the unsaved, and presenting the claims of Christ. That sinful man is lost and can be redeemed only by the death and shed blood of Christ upon the cross through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. In the resurrection of the dead, the believer to life everlasting and the unbeliever to eternal condemnation. That the Church, the Body Christ, is comprised of all who have accepted the redemption provided by Christ.

Core Values:

JEMS believes in the Bible as being the Living Word of God by which we live, as well as being the love letter sent by God to us so we can get to know him intimately. JEMS seeks to come along side churches in order to provide unique ministry opportunities of spiritual growth through discipleship and service through AACF, Mount Hermon and other specialized ministries. JEMS is in the networking ministry but is not an ecumenical movement.

JEMS believes in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), the importance of the body of Christ to share the love of Christ to the world.

JEMS has a specific calling to reach the Japanese.

JEMS believes in Indigenous leadership in growing the churches in Japan.

JEMS seeks to come along side churches in order to provide unique ministry opportunities of spiritual growth through discipleship and service through AACF, Mount Hermon and other specialized ministries.

JEMS is in the networking ministry but is not an ecumenical movement.

Missions-Sending

Ministries Offered Evangelism
Sports
Team Training
Other
Missionary Durations: 1 to 3 Weeks
1 to 3 Months
1 to 2 Years
More than 2 Years
Long Term/One Way
Individuals: Yes
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: Yes
Preferred Group Sizes: 2 to 12 People
Educational Requirements: Yes
Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Seminary Degree
Other
Does the organization provide funding? Yes
Does the organization provide benefits? No

Organization Provided Funding:

Our training includes doing a Conflict style inventory, cross-cultural communication tool, creating of a team conflict covenant, Japanese lessons, Japanese cultural lessons via videos and reading materials and instruction on how to write a testimony. This is for short-term teams.

Trip Costs Details:

Career missionary budgets are based upon location and the size of the family. Average minimum for support raising would be about $65000 up to $90,000 Short-term mission teams generally cost between $3000-$3500 per person.

Does the organization require training? Yes
Does the organization provide training? Yes

Training Required for Service:

Cross cultural training, Basic Japanese language training, knowledge of how to write a testimony and present it. Basic history of Japan. Conflict resolution skills. If going to Brazil, we would also include "survival" Portuguese.

Training Provided by Organization:

Our training includes doing a Conflict style inventory, cross-cultural communication tool, creating of a team conflict covenant, Japanese lessons, Japanese cultural lessons via videos and reading materials and instruction on how to write a testimony. This is for short-term teams.

Long-Term Missionary Accountability Practices:

We belong to a group called JEMA (Japanese Evangelical Association). They provide a directory of all the foreign missionaries in Japan (who are members of JEMA). Our missionaries fellowship with them. We have a Japan coordinator who acts as a liaison between the Japanese church and our missionaries. Currently we are looking at long term options pertaining to Member care. The Executive Director goes and visits the missionaries out in the field as well. The missionaries have direct access to the Executive director via emails, skype or facetime.

Application Process:

Download application from our website, www.jems.org Fill out application, also get three references (for short-term) or five references for one year and beyond (Career missionaries). Pass background check Interview with Japan Sending Committee The JEMS Board of Directors' will take the JSC recommendation to make final decision. We are in the process of also incorporating a more detailed personality, cross-cultural communication style and aptitude testing, as our organization is starting to receive more inquiries to become JEMS missionaries.

Speaking to Past or Present Missionaries:

Yes, contact the JEMS office.

Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:

And ideal candidate loves Jesus and has a deep appreciation for Japan and their people. This would include Japanese cultural, language, and food. Someone who is humble and willing to learn. A person who has some working knowledge and experience with Japanese people, or Japanese cultural (i.e. lived in Japan, married to a Japanese, has done short-term missions to Japan, studied Japanese language in college, etc). Emotional maturity, flexibility, a willingness to work with others. Solid personality. They don't have to be an extrovert, but can be friendly and caring in the proper context. Humility and a learning posture (this is important since it's repeated twice).

Volunteers

Looking For Volunteers: Yes
Volunteer Services: Host Homes
Prayer Team
Translation
Website Design/Development
Volunteer Positions: On-site Volunteer (Part Time)
Remote Volunteer (As Available)
Willing to accept volunteers outside of the specified denomination: Yes
Preferred Missionary Age: 20 to 30 Years Old
30 to 40 Years Old
40 to 50 Years Old
50 to 60 Years Old
60+ Years Old
Costs associated with volunteering? No
Training Provided? Yes

Training Process:

Clerical positions will involve some training unless the person is already proficient in things like Word, Excel, etc.