Author(s)

Byung MinFollow

Date

4-2017

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Sungtaek Kim

Keywords

Church Growth, Small Group, Traditional Church

Disciplines

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

Abstract

Nowadays, Korean society is faced with social issues, like individualism arising from fast growth. The traditional society has become dominated by individual interest and intention, as well as by new social aspects such as the loss of community ethics at large. This can also be seen in Korean churches; we have noticed an increase in Sunday service visitors and unregistered members. This change has brought a number of spiritual crisis into churches and is even a huge crisis in and of itself. In this regard, through research on church growth through small group ministry in traditional Korean churches, this study will reveal that small group ministry is the fundamental ministry for the growth of churches as proposed in the Bible. In particular, it will also reveal that this ministry is indispensable and necessary in Korean churches in this present era. Moreover, from the perspective of the Bible, this study will prove through various examples that small groups within the church is an essential element for growth. Also, this study proposes improvements for church growth by researching and analyzing case studies of small group activities in Dong-sung Church where I am currently ministering.