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Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Sungtaek Kim


Assistant Pastor, Healthy Church Growth, Team Ministry


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


Team ministry continues to be important in the 21st century. Against the situation that Korean churches are declining in this age, diverse programs are offered for the laity, but not many training programs can be found assistant pastors. Moreover, almost no educational training programs exist for assistant pastors except irregular seminars even in about 56 regular theological seminaries in South Korea. This thesis investigates the roles of assistant pastors in church growth and their training in team ministries. Based on the biblical and theological study, the thesis looks up the aspects of church history and reviews contemporary literature. It also uses the survey in the field as a resource of research toward proposing a new program for healthy church growth, focusing on the assistant pastor training program in Ulsan Dae-young Church, which has greatly affected the growth of the church for the past 15 years. Assistant pastors should play an efficient role in order to maximize the healthy ministry, and the theological rationale on the ministries of assistant pastors should also be well established. The thesis contributes to the management, invitation, and training of staff pastors and may provide assistance to assistant pastors in current ministries and different churches and church communities, reaching beyond the denominational boundaries.