The JET Christian Fellowship was formed in 1988 by a number of Christians on the JET Programme, a Japanese government sponsored teaching programme. CSG was established as a special interest group within the Association for Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme Participants (AJET). The JCF organization is one of a dozen or so special interest groups (SIGs) which are accountable to and supported by (AJET). Most JCF members are current participants in the JET Programme. Some members are former JET participants, private English teachers, and missionaries who are living and working in Japan. JCF has a very diverse membership and is not affiliated with any missionary or para-church organizations. Membership in JCF, which is based on annual dues, is open to all. All JCF staff are volunteers and are in agreement with the JCF Statement of Faith.
We are what our name suggests: a support group of Christians -joined by our allegiance to a common Lord and (less importantly) to our common experience in Japan. Living and working in Japan entails many kinds of stresses and opportunities. To be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus Christ here, just as at home, demands community and the support that comes through it. CSG is a means for Christians in Japan to support each other. We aim to build a community that enables us, as Christians living and working in Japan, to be encouraged and strengthened in our faith.
JCF NEWSLETTER - JCF produces a regular newsletter, JETs on Fire, which is composed of submissions from the JCF membership. It also provides important information, such as details on upcoming local and national retreats. Many issues have a specific theme; however submissions of any kind are encouraged.
JCF ONLINE - JCFO is an online group within the Christian Support Group. By joining up with the public list you can receive messages from any of the public list members sent at any time as well as a weekly email from the JCF online coordinator(s). If you are a member of the private list you receive just the weekly email.
JCF TAPE LIBRARY - JCF maintains a huge tape library with a selection of over 500 sermon and music recordings. Sermon/message tapes are copied and are yours to keep or pass on to others. Music tapes are available on a short-term loan basis.
JCF BOOK LIBRARY - JCF has a Christian book library with over 300 titles. Books can be borrowed on a short term basis through the mail.
JCF NATIONAL RETREATS - JCF organizes 2 national retreats every year at various locations throughout Japan. The first retreat of the year is generally held in early November at Megumi Chalet in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture.
JCF LOCAL RETREATS - We encourage JCF members to organize local retreats in their area. More information on organizing local retreats is available directly from JCF.
JCF MEETINGS AT JET CONFERENCES - Tokyo Orientations, mid-year block seminars, and Recontracting Conferences are great opportunities to meet other Christians on the JET Programme. CSG will have short meetings at these conferences to encourage networking.
JCF FRIENDSHIPS - As Christians, we have a bond that goes far deeper than our home country, University major, or hobby. The retreats and JCF meetings are great opportunities to meet new people and deepen existing friendships. A voluntary regional list of JCF members is available to JCF members.
JCF PRAYER AND ENCOURAGEMENT - During our time in Japan, we will face many times which will test our faith. Specific members of the JCF team are committed to supporting all JCF members through prayer and encouragement.
ASSISTANCE IN FINDING A CHURCH - Finding a church in Japan can be challenging, but it is not impossible. JCF assists members in linking up with a local church or missionary. Information about churches can also be obtained by contacting the Church Information Service (CIS).