As part of the Engage 2015 legacy, the team will be working to equip pastors and Christian leaders visiting from Japan. Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a big event for the Churches in Japan – to use sport to connect with their communities in a totally new way.
The main organisers of the group are Will Thompson an American living in Japan who works as a chaplain to baseball players – the biggest sport in Japan. He is very involved in the organising team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Another key figure is Pastor Michi – he runs a Christian school, pastors a church and tries to get Churches involved in sports ministry.
The 8 man team from Japan plan to be at the Church service commissioning night on the Thursday 17th September, at Twickenham, an Opening Night Festival, a Sports Quiz and a Rugby dinner. They are being hosted by the Churches in Rugby and London, and will view how the Churches are working actively together throughout the UK with a plan to replicate in 4 years time.
The team will undergo a Major Team briefing on the Engage 2015 campaign taking place this summer, with key leaders from the Engage 2015 team delivering plans and strategy.