Young LeeFollow




School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Youjung Lee


A Small Group, Culturalism, Transition


Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The purpose of this research is to clarify the importance of the process of culturalization, which takes place before a full-scale transition, to Korean churches that are attempting to change the direction of their ministries from traditional to small group-oriented ministries. Since the introduction of the small group ministry, Korean churches have been trying to convert to small group churches. Many churches, however, are struggling with the transition due to hastiness instead of following the right philosophy and roadmap. Having led cell group and small group ministries for the last ten years in Korean churches in both the United States and Korea, the researcher recognizes that many churches tend to rush the transition process while overlooking the importance of the initial culturalization process. This study will examine the biblical grounds and related literature for small group ministry in order to establish a theoretical foundation. In particular, it will be confirmed through real life examples that the success of the culturalization process is directly linked not only to the success of the transition of the ministry, but also to the importance and essentials of the process. Ten Presbyterian churches in the Busan and Gyeong-nam areas of Korea have successfully completed the transition. Through this paper, the researcher intends to present the basics in order to prevent any confusion caused by the conversion of the ministry and to allow Korean Churches to form small group ministries as commanded by the Lord.