Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Yoojung Lee


Church, Planting, Cell, Small, Group, Community


Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion


This dissertation aims to study about the ‘Big Forest Movement’ conducted by Ansan Dongsan Church which experienced healthy growth in its community through small group ministry. The Korean church has been leading growth and revival through church planting. However, from the 21st century, church growth is rapidly declining and planted churches are also experiencing severe period of decline. There are still many churches being planted but the reality is that many of them are not growing or being shut down. There may be various reasons for this phenomenon but the main reasons would be the lack of preparation and no practical alternative to measure the church plantation. Overall, through studying Separation Church Planting which is one of the visions of “Big Forest Movement” for reproducing churches, this study will observe how the small group ministry conducted in Ansan Dongsan church is reproducing health communities. For this purpose, the researcher will study the 11 churches, including Dongtan Dongsan church which the researcher planted, that were planted as a part of ‘Big Forest Movement.’ The researcher will examine how these churches are growing into health communities. As a result, the researcher aims to contribute in new church planting movement by presenting a desirable church-plant model through analyzing and evaluating the value of ‘Big Forest Movement’ of Ansan Dongsan Church, and thereby, provide a stable church planning alternative.