Welcome to the JapanCAN site.
CAN is a “permission giving” network that empowers people to use their gifts and abilities in positive ways. CAN is an “open” network with no official membership. We have a flat organizational structure that enables us to respond rapidly to new opportunities and challenges. CAN is a non-profit organized under TEAM Japan.
The vision of CAN is to connect, equip, and encourage creative individuals to become influential culture shapers who impact Japan (and the world) for Christ. We invest in people! CAN moves the vision forward through several projects (see below) and by cooperating with individuals, churches and other groups that share our vision.
Director: Paul Nethercott
Paul and his wife Nancy live in Japan and are members of a mission called TEAM. They love music, people, Japan and have a vision for building up the church in Japan through the arts.
JapanCAN equips and encourages creative individuals to become “culture shapers” who impact the world for Christ. We have a vision to encourage Japanese to express the gospel in ways that reflect the culture.
- Encourage all levels of artists
- Empower for effective ministry
- Exercise spiritual gifts & talents
- Excel in artistic expressions
- Engage with not-yet-Christians
JapanCAN has several initiatives designed to move our vision forward:
Dr. Nancy Nethercott and capable Japanese staff hold workshops for local churches and larger seminar/conference venues. These workshops not only combine sound theology with meaningful application, but are tailored to fit the needs and vision of each church. Alleluia! Seminars collaborates with other mission groups to provide worship-related resources and lay-leader training materials.
Led by Paul Nethercott, Studio Re: Films is committed to making high quality redemptive films that impact Japan. Building on the foundation of award-winning films, Jitensha, Persimmon, Wadaiko X Black Gospel Music and many other short films we hope to make our first feature length film in 2013. Making films in collaboration with others provides opportunity for young filmmakers to grow in their faith and learn how to make films.
Films/videos produced by Paul Nethercott: https://vimeo.com/channels/
Tokyo Artist-In-Residence (Tokyo AiR):
A one year residency that gives serious artists a great deal of freedom to explore their gifts and abilities in a missions context. Tokyo AiR offers the opportunity for artists to live out their faith and practice their craft while living in Japan. There are many options, including filmmaking, studio work, performing in mainstream &/or church settings, worship leadership in local churches, or studying art at a school in Tokyo. Applicants who aspire to the Tokyo AiR position must be familiar with Japan, independent, self-motivated, and very dependable. Tokyo AiR will be mentored and supervised by Paul or Nancy Nethercott.