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From proto-missional to mega-church: A critique of ecclesial ‘growth’ in Korea

Yongsoo Lee, Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4665 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4665 | © 2018 | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 May 2017 | Published: 13 March 2018

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Yongsoo Lee, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Wim A. Dreyer, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

In the last couple of decades, the Korean church experienced a loss of credibility as well as a decrease in membership. The premise of this contribution is that the mega-church phenomenon in Korea contributed to this state of affairs. Many Korean churches, influenced by dramatic sociopolitical and economic changes, developed a distorted understanding of its nature and mission. Korean churches began to compete against each other to grow bigger. An institutional ecclesiology and ecclesiocentric understanding of mission formed the basis of this endeavour. To counter this tendency, some churches turned to missional ecclesiology to facilitate the reformation of the Korean church. According to empirical data, Korean society rates mega-churches negatively while they evaluate missional churches positively. This provided further impetus for the current emerging missional movement in Korea.

Keywords

Mega-church phenomenon; Missional church movement ; Missio Dei; Missional ecclesiology; Kingdom of God; Proto-missional; Theocentric mission

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