School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


C. Fred Smith


Church Planting, Missional Church, South Korea


Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Gallup Korea, in 2015, reported that 30% of people under 30 years old had stopped attending churches in South Korea during last ten years. The primary reasons that young people leave a church is secularization of growth-oriented churches represented by huge buildings, power-oriented pastors and lack of morality of Christians. Therefore, a new church model that will engage young people is required for Korean Christianity. The missional church movement can be an alternative model for churches in South Korea. That is because the movement pursues a small church, a non-power-oriented pastor, and real life as a disciple of Jesus. Based on current literature research, a case study of The Way Church, a representative missional church in South Korea, and personal perspectives, this project will propose the church-planting church as an alternative model, especially effective for reaching young adults in South Korea. This project will provide a way to bring a younger generation to churches.