Who We Are and What We Believe

Vision of of Second Level Ministry

Second Level Ministry is、a ministry to support the spiritual growth of Japanese Christians、- the process、- the process of becoming a disciple of Christ, based on the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2. 。

Our vision is to、 see disciples being multiplied、: Disciples of Christ multiplying themselves、 by making disciples. 。

私たちの働きは、 キリストに救われた者として霊的に成長する事の大切さを伝え、Also、どのように他者の霊的成長のために関わって行けるのかを一緒に考え、お手伝いさせて頂く事です。Our ministry is to provide spiritual support for 、those who have been saved、and those who disciple others.、 In the daily process of becoming Christ-like, we value the ‘personal’ and ‘intentional’ approach. 。

We offer discipleship、discipleship Bible studies、Mentoring、spiritual encouragement、ministry opportunities、and useful resources 、including local churches。Also、conferences、monthly gatherings、Bible study trips、conferences.。

*** This ministry isn't a replacement of the church、but rather in order than the church can grow。「The 15 Step Lessons" and "Living as a Disciple of Christ」、can be used in churches for Bible study。n order that each individual Christian have firm roots、we focus on discipleship. 。

 

Unity by Statement of Faith

and those who disciple others.、we work for the above purposes through the advancement of the greater church body、with unity based on the Statement of our faith. 、.、.、.、.。

*** Statement of Faith ←Click here.。

 

Core Values of Second Level Ministry

1: Christ-Likeness

In order that each believer becomes a true disciple of Christ who can glorify God、we should seek the way of living and the faith that God desires。By focusing on Christ、and being changed to be more like Him、we seek true faith by which we can experience God。 (John 15:8、Colossians 1:10 )

2:Obedience and Application of God’s Word

We value obedience to God's Word.。Living in truth、without compromising、conveying truth, and not departing from God's word before other people。(John 14:21、II Timothy 2:15) - 、rather than just as a theory or method - 、we serve the Lord to raise true worshipers of Christ。(II Timothy 4:2 )

− Discipleship isn't about adhering to one particular form or method、rather、様々な方法と個々の関わりの中で、キリストに倣っていくことを励まします。キリストのように隣人を愛し、serves other people、また真実を伝えていく(教える)ことを目指しす。Each person becomes God's unique creation、through different encounters with God、different spiritual needs 、and different processes of growth。The true spiritual transformation will be brought by the Holy Spirit through the people who demonstrate God’s love.、.、そして御霊の働きによる成長を、.。

3:Multiplication

We believe in the multiplication of disciples, 、 that full obedience to Jesus means a disciple of Christ(spiritual multiplication)、is to teach others to make disciples of Christ 。 (Matthew 28:18-20; II Timothy 2:)

4:The Holy Spirit

In everything、have confidence in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and work to entrust yourself to God's plan。 (Philippians1:6、2:13、John17:6-11)


History of Second Level Ministry

妻と私は日本人学生のホームステイプログラムに1996年から関わっていました。プログラムに参加しているクリスチャンの学生とも話す機会がありました。(私たちが直接受け持った学生ではありませんでしたが。)私は彼らに、何が日本人クリスチャンとして一番チャレンジを受けたり、助けを必要としているのか尋ねた際、クリスチャンとして成長する機会がないこと事、共に励まし合う信仰の友のネットワークがない事、霊的成長の機会がない現状等を教えてくれました。

主は私にこのことに対して重荷を与えて下さいました。多くの若い日本人はインターネットを使いこなす事を知っていましたから、ウェブサイトを使って学びを提供するのはとてもよい方法だと思いました。サイトは興味深く、刺激的なものであるべきだと思い、そのためによいトピックを準備していました。しかし、ウェブサイト以外での活動も必要であると思いました。楽しい活動がある霊的成長のためのカンファレンスやキャンプ等もそれに含まれるでしょう。

私がこのウェブサイトを作る際、神様に自分自身を正しい方向へ導いて下さるようにより頼みました。私がこの基盤を作りあげた時には、このミニストリーを日本人クリスチャンに任せる事がよいと聖霊によって示されました。私が予想していた以上に時間がかかりました。(事実、主はこのミニストリーを成長させたくないのかもしれないと感じた時もありました。)現在総主事である真弓さんの弟子訓練と伝道に対してのパッションが、私の祈っていたセカンドレベルを任せるという答えにつながり、2006年より彼女にリーダーシップをとってもらい、- the process of becoming a disciple of Christ, based on the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2. 。

My wife and I started hosting Japanese students for a homestay program in 1996. As we would host I would talk to students who came on the program and were Christians (usually not our student). I talked with them and asked what was the biggest problem or need they had as Japanese Christians. Most of the time they indicated that growing as a Christian was difficult and there was no network of friends to be with and grow as a Christian.

The Lord began to burden my heart to deal with this problem and other needs too. I knew that many young Japanese used the internet so a website to provide lessons and such for Christian growth seemed the way to go. I knew the website would have to be interesting and stimulating. It would need to provide many subjects of interest on the website to accomplish this. But I also knew that activities outside the website would also be necessary. This would include seminars for Christian growth that included fun activities.

As I built the website I relied on God to guide me in the right direction. I knew that I would have to have someone Japanese, guided by the Holy Spirit, to take it over when I had built a basic platform for them. This took much longer than I anticipated; in fact I began to feel like maybe the Lord didn’t want the ministry to grow. Mayumi's(who is currently serving as a president)passion for discipleship and evangelism was an answer to prayer to take the helm of Second Level Ministry.