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? Get in touch with your local OMF center to see how we could help.

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

Who Will Pick Up the Torch?

By Walter McConnell Walter directs OMF International's Mission Research Department Department. An American, he has previously served in Taiwan as a church planter and theological educator, taught Old Testament at Singapore Bible College where he also directed the Ichthus Centre for Biblical and Theological Research, and served as pastor at the Belfast Chinese Christian Church. [...]

“God’s guidance for me meant commitment to OMF”

By Doh Moon Gap April/May 1982 east Asian Millions (North American edition): 187 Doh Moon Gap, who was formerly working for Korean Air Lines, joined OMF Korean Home Council in 1980 and became OMF Home Secretary for Korea. In that role, he not only represented OMF in Korea, but also recruited and trained Korean missionaries [...]

Mission Research: Connecting People Today with Their Personal History

“Who influenced my grandfather’s spiritual journey?” That was the gist of the question asked by a Chinese national who contacted our colleagues in Australia. The old family photographs attached to an email included brief inscriptions of names and places written in Chinese and English. When asked “Can you tell me about these people?” the mission research team [...]

Mission Research: Responding to Requests from OMF Leaders

The Korean Home Council will be celebrating in 2020 its forty-year history of sending missionaries to serve with OMF International. As senders, they know the encouragement that comes when one can see what God has done over the years—story by story. And sharing these stories helps mobilize more people for missions. To help tell these [...]

Stories from the Archives

“God’s guidance for me meant commitment to OMF”By Doh Moon Gap April/May 1982 east Asian Millions (North American edition): 187 Doh Moon Gap, who was formerly working for Korean Air Lines, joined OMF Korean Home Council in 1980 and became OMF Home Secretary for Korea. In that role, he not only represented OMF in Korea, [...]

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