Marketplace Ministry

Marketplace Ministry

Living out your faith,modelling work as a Christian and ministering to others in the workplace 

Making Connections: Doing Mission in the Marketplace

Making good connections is key for doing marketplace ministry well. This is an area we want to grow in and help make some of these connections happen. Is you church sending someone to work professionally in East Asia? Come and talk to us!

These thoughts from different players in mission show some of the connections needed for fruitful mission in the marketplace:

Marcus is a church pastor in Canada. He has a church member, Carrie, preparing to take an international job transfer to Japan. He wonders how to help her prepare for the move and be able to share their faith.

Carrie also wants to be ready for the move. She’d love to be able to connect with people in similar situations and with people who know the country well.

Joshua pastors a church in Tokyo. He sees that workers like Carrie have unique opportunities to share the gospel with people churches would otherwise struggle to reach. He would like to equip church members for marketplace ministry and try and make good connections for people like Carrie.

Laura has been a full-time missionary in Tokyo for five years She knows a lot of people in her area work in offices with no Christians. People like Carrie have more opportunities to spend time with people. Laura thinks about how she could help marketplace workers like Carrie. When Laura came to Japan her organisation took her through some really helpful introductory materials and Laura’s team have developed some Bible studies for their Japanese friends.

Stories from the Marketplace

My father deserves a proper funeral

A terminally ill Japanese man became a Christian when he searched for a cheaper way to have a funeral. However, the story has an unexpected ending.

This Short-Term Mission Trip Didn’t Lead to Long-Term Mission

Short-term mission doesn’t always result in a long-term call.

How would they react?

Synopsis: The article supplies a model for delivering a first-person, narrative talk based upon a biblical text. Assuming the persona of a witness to the healing of the lame beggar by Peter and John, Brian Powell considers all of the people present and asks, “How would they react?” Brian Powell worked with the Manobo people [...]

Sharing the Gospel as a Blessing in Taiwan: A Response to “Presenting the Good News as a Blessing”

Synopsis: Nathan Keller describes ways in which Andy Smith’s approach in "Presenting the Good News as a Blessing" can be applied to his own ministry situation in Taiwan where people also desire to be blessed. But whether people seek blessing or something else, gospel messengers need to understand their cultural context, identify things that are [...]

Presenting the Good News as a Blessing: A Case Study among Filipino Folk Catholics

Synopsis: This paper examines the way the gospel answers the ardent longings Filipino folk Catholics have for blessing. By examining the way his preunderstandings interfaced with the ideas of those with whom he worked, Andy Smith helps us see the importance of cultural exegesis of oneself and one’s target culture so that the gospel can [...]

The Gospel of Liberation and the Implications for the Church in Relation to People with Disabilities

Synopsis: This paper is about the liberating message of the gospel and makes some applications to the church in relation to people with disabilities. Rowan encourages us to adopt Jesus’ agenda as laid out by Luke who shows that the liberating message of the gospel is first preached in peripheral places, integrates the teaching of [...]