Agreement between the Japan Presbytery and the Board of Foreign
Missions of the RPCNA

The Japan Presbytery and the Board of Foreign Missions together make the
following statement:

1. Statement of Relationship

The Japan Presbytery respects
and appreciates the Board of Foreign Missions as the agency of Synod
which has begun, supported, encouraged, and given counsel to the mission
work of building Christ's church in Japan. The Presbytery is grateful
for the Board's continuing interest in and support of the work of the
Japan church, now that the Presbytery has been organized. The Board
likewise respects and appreciates the Japan Presbytery and recognizes the
primary responsibility and authority that the Presbytery now has for the
work of the Japan church. The Presbytery and the Board have their
respective responsibilities, including mutual cooperation. Each is
responsible to the Synod, but they are not subject to each other.

2. Missionary Support

In view of the need for able pastors
in Japan, and in accord with the 1995 commitments of the Board and the
Synod, the Board agrees to search diligently for and, as God provides, to
send and support two long-term missionary pastors, trained in the
Japanese language, to help the work in Japan. The Board agrees to
provide these missionary pastors with salaries, transportation to and
from the field, outfit allowance, needed language study, children's
schooling, furlough expenses, and, where needed, housing in Japan. (If
they will live in existing parsonages, their housing will be provided by
the churches where they serve, and utilities will be provided by the
church if able to do so.) The Board will continue to inform the home
church of the needs and particularly the prayer requests of the
missionaries and churches in Japan.
Under the oversight of the Presbytery, the missionary pastors
will work in evangelism, church planting, church pastoring and
theological education.
The Board's assistance with church building in Japan will not
necessarily end when the then existing churches are under good
leadership. The Board may continue to help plant new churches and help
promote the further growth of the Japanese church so that the church's
witness, as commanded in the Word to the glory of God, may be
strengthened. (See also item # 3 below concerning the Presbytery's
commitment to prepare leadership.) The Presbytery and the Board together
express their full confidence in God that, in due time, the Presbytery
will in every way be firmly established and the Board's work in Japan
will be completed with the understanding that fraternal relations will be

3. Training of Students of Theology

The Japan Presbytery,
recognizing its primary responsibility for the work of the Japan church,
seeks to provide future leaders through the training provided at the Kobe
Theological Hall. The KTH looks to the Reformed Presbyterian Theological
Seminary and the Board of Foreign Missions for the assistance of visiting
theologians and educators. The long-term missionary pastors will help
provide theological education at KTH.

4. Covenanter Bookstore and Covenanter Center Building

For many years the Board of Foreign Missions has operated the Covenanter
Bookstore through the Bookstore's Board of Directors which is composed of
Japan church members and missionaries. This arrangement continues at
present. Under the supervision of the Presbytery, the Bookstore Board of
Directors oversaw the building the Covenanter Center Building on the site
of the old Covenanter Book Store building. The Presbytery appreciates
very much the assistance of the Board of Foreign Missions in raising
funds for this large project. The Board of Foreign Missions will
continue to allocate funds to the Bookstore Board of Directors for the
salary and expenses of the Managing Director until at least 2001. At
that time, the arrangement will be reviewed. The Board of Foreign
Missions agrees to the request of the Presbytery for the use of the
Covenanter Bookstore land as long as the Covenanter Center Building is
used for R. P. literature ministry, Bible study, church meetings and
services of worship.

5. Church Membership of Missionaries

The Presbytery and
the Board agree that missionary pastors should become members of the
Japanese congregations that they serve so that them may be nourished in
the faith and may lend support to the churches in which they labor (their
ministerial credentials will be held by the Japan Presbytery). Other
missionaries are expected to become members of Japanese congregations and
should be fully involved in the life of their congregations. If there
are disciplinary problems, they should be handled by the local session
or, where necessary, by the Presbytery. The session or the Presbytery
should keep the Board informed of any disciplinary problems and, where
necessary, should seek the advice of the Board.

6. Short-Term Replacement Missionaries

The Board agrees
that, whenever possible, it will send out teaching elders to help care
for congregations while missionary pastors are on furlough, while a
Japanese pastor is studying at RPTS or in special arrangement with the
session of a Japanese congregation. The Japanese congregation will
continue to pay the Japanese pastor's salary while he is studying.

7. Official Actions of the Presbytery and the Board

The Presbytery and the Board agree that the official actions of both bodies
will be communicated to each other in written form (in English) and will
be titled Official Actions or Official Minutes.

8. Mission Account

The Presbytery and the Board agree that
the missionaries will have a mission account (Field Budget) through which
the Board pays for missionary needs.

9. Missionary Organization

The Presbytery and the Board
agree that the missionaries will maintain a simple organization to
oversee the planning of missionary study and the budgeting and allocation
of funds in the mission account.

10. Amendments to this Agreement

This agreement should be
reviewed at least every three years and amended only by the written
agreement of both the Presbytery and the Board.