Dr. Joe & Tara Miller, OIC Japan Director

Current Update for the Japan Ministry

Register now for the upcoming CLT in Tokyo at the Tokyo Baptist Church!


Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Church Training begins April 21 through April 29. The training will have 2 different time schedules. 1. Friday night, April 21 and April 28 and Saturday, April 22 and April 29. This training will cover about 14 hours. 2. Monday through Thursday, April 24 through April 27, daytime from 10-3. You may chose the time schedule that best fits your schedule. More information will be coming. Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Tokyo Baptist Church invites pastors and missionaries to attend the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Training Sessions as well as TBC members. There will be no registration fee for TBC members. There will be a ¥10,000 registration fee for pastors and missionaries that are not members of TBC. Please register by April 1, give your name, email address and what Time Venus you wish to attend.

ビブリカルカウンセリング・ディサイプルシップトレーニングの 開催日が決定しました! 4月21日~4月29日 上記期間中、下記の2つの時間帯をご用意しました。 受講しやすいコースをお選びください。 1. 4月21日、4月28日(金曜夜)、4月22日、4月29日(土曜日) (計4日間)(こちらは計約14時間の講習となります) 2. 4月24日(月)~4月27日(木)(計4日間) 午前10時~3時 詳細は順次発表いたします。 今からこの時間を受講のためにぜひあけて 楽しみにお待ちください。

東京バプテスト教会は、TBCのメンバー同様、他教会の牧師と宣教師を「聖書的カウンセリングと弟子訓練のトレーニング・セッション」にお招きいたします。TBCメンバーは登録料不要です。他教会の牧師、宣教師の方々には登録料として¥10,000いただきます。4月1日までに、お名前、メールアドレス、ご希望の時間帯をお知らせください。

We are passionate about providing soul care to God’s people. We have been privileged to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in seventeen countries around the world.

As active members of a local church, both Tara and I possess a combined ministry experience of over forty years.  We are convicted that every New Testament church, both locally and globally, should be centered on and dedicated to the absolute authority, sufficiency, and inspiration of Scripture (Psa 19:7-11; Rom 12:1; Gal 3:10; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Thess 2:13; Heb 4:12; Rev 22:18-19). Such a commitment to equip the saints in the transforming knowledge and wisdom of God’s Word will inevitably give churches a great opportunity to create a culture of soul care, which focuses on biblical discipleship, counseling, and fulfilling the “one-anothers.” Through OIC, we desire to come alongside and assist local churches in the Far East to establish a culture of soul care.

483d82b77e293a6f62d5acd010b5e9f6The goal of OIC Far East is to come alongside pastors and other church leaders and train them to build biblically based, Christ-centered counseling ministries within their churches. We train them to train other brothers and sisters in Christ to adequately provide effective biblical counsel for believers struggling with various spiritual heart issues. OIC Far East soul-care training enables local churches and individual believers to effectively reach out into their communities to bring help and hope to the lost and suffering.  Each soul care provider points them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Word, and Spirit… the only true source for lasting change that glorifies (Isa 43:7) and pleases God (2 Cor 5:9), and produces lasting joy in every believer committed to a Christ-centered life (Ps 37:4).

In addition, as Regional Director, I prayerfully administrate the Far East region, reaching out to network with other churches that are interested in
biblical counseling training.  I am also committed to challenge, motivate, recruit, and equip other OIC Far East partners to continue to invest biblical counseling training and teaching in other churches.

We have recently completed 1-Day Seminars in Nagoya, Takasaki, Tokyo, and Iwatsuki Japan (Fall 2016). Please pray for dates and locations that need finalizing for Church Leadership Training to begin in the Spring of 2017.

As the Lord provides new short and long-term avenues of ministry, both Tara and I remain committed to seeking out more effective biblical means to enhance OIC Far East. We desire to remain aware of and evaluate the current trends affecting OIC Far East and any partnering local churches.

We are also committed to continually raising awareness of OIC among U.S. based churches by participating in local church mission events and conferences.  The hope is to increase partnerships, financial support, and prayer support among various churches and age groups.

 

Joe’s Story

I came to saving faith at a young age. After an arm injury 13413704_10153861834823075_14915947192815102_nthe summer before college, my dreams of playing baseball ended. I received a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles and went into sales. During 10 highly successful years in food sales/management, the thrill of earning money decreased and the love for sharing the gospel increased. Tara and I met and married in my transitional year, 1997. By 1998, I began serving the Lord full-time. After more than a decade off from educational pursuits, I headed back to school to earn my M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. Out of frustration with how to practically apply the Bible to many counseling scenarios that I faced as a “well-trained” pastor, I pursued a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, KY. I completed my Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) certification in 2015, and in 2016, I became certified with International Association of Biblical Counselors.

Over the last twenty five years, I have strongly advocated the sufficiency of Scripture to effectively and permanently change lives and hearts –“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17 ESV).

Over the years in various positions, from lay ministry to my service as a youth pastor, singles pastor, missions pastor, senior pastor, and discipleship-counseling pastor, the Spirit and the truth of God’s Word has established a conviction and commitment to train others, who will in turn, provide biblical soul care to God’s people, both locally and globally.

Tara’s Story

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I was “born again” by God’s grace in 1995 after I could not unearth any lasting hope for change from my Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Southern California. Through many unsuccessful years attempting to bring lasting help through secular humanism, by God’s grace, I turned to the Bible and discovered lasting help and hope. Ever since, from the overflow of my heart, I have been sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus and the transforming truths from the Scriptures with other women and children.

In 2006, I began training in biblical counseling with the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling (NANC), now called the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). I disciple and counsel in the local and global church. Currently, Joe’s mom, who has dementia, lives with us. I assist Joe in caring for her. In my spare time, I am working toward completing my ACBC certification.

Our Family

We were married in 1997 and committed our marriage to ministering in Christ’s church around the world. In addition, we have been blessed with four children, Huntington, Dakota, Skye and Liberty, and a Bernese Mountain Dog. We are joyfully endeavoring to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4).

Our oldest son, Huntington, has come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, while his three sisters are in the process of learning about what it means to love Jesus and possess a saving relationship Him. Huntington loves every sport under the sun, but is focused on golf. Dakota, Skye, and Liberty play violin and golf, ride their bikes, swim, and mostly enjoy organizing/decorating and making gluten free cupcakes.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor 4:16-18).

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