Keeyoung KimFollow




School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Frank Schmitt, Rod Dempsey


Discipleship Healthy, Church Optimal, Small Group, Spiritual Growth, Training


Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | History of Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The purpose of this thesis project is to provide biblical strategies for optimizing the Discipleship Training Ministry (DTM) within Korean churches, which will transform and equip their laity to live incarnationally for Christ in the church and the world. Many different forms of DTM have developed within Korean churches during the recent decades, playing both positive and negative roles in church growth, but many unfortunately digressed into marketing programs that do not transform and equip the laity to follow Christ in every sector of their lives. This thesis project will examine, through a comparative analysis, diverse growth and health factors within disciple-training programs of selected healthy churches in South Korea, which will serve as strategic biblical steps for developing optimal DTM within local Korean churches that will subsequently raise lay people who live incarnationally for Christ both in the church and the world.