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Short-term Ministry Opportunities


There are two types of programs that vary in length of assignment:​

1. Chi Alpha Internship


A. Summer Internship (Summer internship is mid-May through July but dates can be adjusted within this time frame)

Every summer, Chi Alpha hosts multiple short-term ministry teams and a group of interns dedicated to spreading the love of Christ and serving others in Tokyo, Japan. Interns will partner directly with Chi Alpha staff for ministry activities and events and be assigned to serve on Sundays at a local church while participating in the intern program. It is our hope that while sharing the love of Christ on campuses and in communities here, long-term missionaries and prayer warriors will be raised up for Japan. The core values of the summer internship program are: abiding, community, serving, and learning. Requirements include:​

  • A completed application form (see below)

  • Recent photo

  • Recommendation letter from pastor/youth pastor and/or professor

  • Round trip airfare (Narita or Haneda Airport in Tokyo)

  • Required MAPS Insurance (e.g. $4.50/day)

  • $50/day for housing, meals, and transportation​


B. One Year Internship (Dates are flexible)

Same internship as above but for a duration of one year, with the same requirements as above.

2. English Teaching Program

The English Teaching Program is sponsored through the Japan Assemblies of God National Youth Department as an outreach where young people are sent to teach English for two months to a year at a local Assemblies of God church for evangelistic outreach. Japan is less than 1% Christian, and it is hard to get people to come to church. However, many will come if there are English classes with native English speakers. This has been an effective outreach for many of our churches in Japan.

In both English teaching programs, classes are usually a mixture of group or private lessons for children, students, housewives, businessmen, etc. It's a wonderful way to invest in the life of a local church and touch a community for Christ.

A. Summer Program  (Mid-May to mid-August; dates are flexible)

After 5 days of orientation in the suburbs of Tokyo (training on how to teach English, basic Japanese language, Japanese culture, Japanese church life, etc.), the teacher is then placed in a local church for the rest of the summer program or works with Chi Alpha Japan in Tokyo. Requirements include:

  • A completed application form (see below.)

  • Recent photo

  • Recommendation letter from Pastor/Youth Pastor and/or Professor

  • ~$300 (30,000 yen for orientation fee) plus round trip airfare

  • Required MAPS Insurance (e.g. $4.50/day)

 (The local church will provide housing—usually a homestay—meals, utilities, and local transportation.)

B. One Year Program (Dates are flexible)

This is similar to the Summer Program except that the local church will also provide a small salary. As a result, please note that this program is dependent upon whether we receive a church request for an English teacher. Also, each church situation is different so details may not be immediately available. The same requirements for the Summer Program also apply to this opportunity.

If you have any questions or want to apply, please email us at

Download the application by choosing a file type below:


*Deadline for 2025 Summer Applications is March 31, 2025.

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