Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Community, Growth, Social Work
Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Lee, Young, "A Study on Church Growth Through Social Work as a Contact Point of Community" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1490.
The objectives of this study is to provide a vision for developing the churches in South Korea and to develop a method to recover the missional function of churches through non-profit organizations. Although Korean churches have achieved a remarkable growth both quantitatively and qualitatively, they have been busy maintaining their status in an immature fashion, resulting in the loss of their influence around the rapidly diversifying world. This study aims to provide a direction and an alternative for the church to recover its mission and approach to the world by studying the ministry associated with non-profit organizations. In order to achieve these goals, the researcher will present the kind of effects and fruits of ministry that were obtained in the medical business and enterprise ministries, where he worked. Moreover, the researcher will analyze how churches can effectively approach the daily lives of people through business as mission by presenting case studies of churches that are conducting the mission work through business. Through these, the researcher wants to find ways to restore the missional function of churches, present the vision for churches to go into the world, and provide the theoretical and practical foundation for the mission through social work.