Rural Japan CPN

A network to connect, facilitate, and place short-term, mid-term, and long-term lead and assistant church planters and church planting interns with church plants underway or areas needing their first church, and introduce possible agencies. All unchurched areas in Japan are in rural areas, and 2/3 of rural small cities/towns/villages have no church. All are under 50,000 in population, and most under 20,000. In spite 170 years of Protestant mission work in Japan, most these rural unchurched areas have had no sustained outreach attempt in their history, and as a result have no churches and often no or at most a few Christians. We also help lead church planters connect with one another for idea exchange and mutual encouragement, as well as provide various resources, trainings/seminars, conferences, and retreat opportunities. Maps of all unchurched areas are downloadable from our website. Learn more about RJCPN at

Organization Type: Network and Other Organization





Characteristics of Partner Churches

Theological Traditions

All denominations and traditions

Stance on Women in Ministry

Complementarian and Egalitarian

Stance on Sexual Ethics


Planting Models

All models

Worship Styles

Liturgical, Contemporary, and Other

Support Offered

  • Assessment
  • Coaching and/or Mentoring
  • Ongoing community/peer support
  • Conferences, Seminars, and Gatherings
  • Residency and Internship Opportunities