Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Thomas T. Cook


Covid-19, church ministry, worship, hybrid, healthy church, Korean immigrant church


Practical Theology


The purpose of this thesis project is to find answers to what is the appropriate response to the post-Covid-19 era for the church. To achieve that purpose, this thesis project attempted to predict the direction of the church's ministry after Covid-19 by comparing changes in five important ministries of the church in pre-Covid-19 and during Covid-19. The five major ministries of the church—worship, education, fellowship, evangelism(mission), and service— have been explained in detail in the literature, and the impact of Covid-19 on these five ministries has also been closely investigated. In determining the direction of church ministry in the post-Covid-19 era, this survey was conducted for pastors of 30 churches belonging to the Korean immigrant Presbyterian church especially the Kosin denomination of the United States. Based on the survey results considering the specificity of immigrant churches, this thesis project predicted changes in the 5 major ministries of immigrant churches after Covid-19. The researcher looked at how the 5 major ministries in the churches will be changed and how the pastors respond appropriately to these changes. By combining these answers with the research of how the American churches and religious groups responded to Covid-19, the thesis project suggests to the Korean immigrant churches an appropriate response to post-Covid-19 and seeks directions for the sustained health of the church.