In Jun HwangFollow




Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Sungtaek Kim


Activation, Multimedia, Worship


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


The purpose of this study is to help to bring about the revitalization of worship in rural churches by using visual media. At present, Korean churches, especially rural churches, are facing great challenges due to the aging of the church members, illiteracy rates, a poor educational environment, the lack of incoming young people, pastors’ reluctance to minister in rural areas, troubled rural economy and so on. Nonetheless, churches in rural areas should not be abandoned. In this context, one of the most urgent needs in rural churches is healing and restoration through church worship. At any arduous and difficult time in history, churches overcame difficulties through the restoration of a relationship with God. The key to restoring a relationship with God is true worship. The utilization of multimedia, which is a modern convenience available to churches these days, can contribute to church members’ active participation, commitment, and communication in worship services. This study will investigate the ideas of and methods for the utilization of multimedia among churches that it, incorporating the researcher’s knowledge on multimedia accumulated over 16 years at Gashin Baptist Church, and offer a practical manual on using multimedia in rural churches. With a desire to revitalize worship, he offers a model for pastors of rural churches who attempt to incorporate multimedia in their worship services.