Many years of studying Church growth in different countries pastor Steve Murrell in his blog, shared what, in his opinion, the leadership lessons we can take from megatorque Korea.
“Stay in Korea again reminds me of one of the first times when I came here over two decades ago. Like many young founders of churches in the early 90-ies, I arrived at Yoido Church (the largest megachurch in the world) to learn about prayer, teaching about small groups and Church growth.
In the late 80’s and early 90-ies of Korea experienced a historical revival.
In the mid-twentieth century, after centuries of slow growth of the Church in the traditionally Buddhist nation, something unexpected happened. Protestant Christianity “exploded”. From 1960 to 1990, the Church in Korea has doubled every ten years it has grown from half a million in 1960 to eight million in 1990. The Korean revival has been analyzed from different points of view missiologists and experts on Church growth (and critics), but three lessons of leadership stayed with me ever since I first visited Seoul.
1. God reached Korea through the city of a mega-Church. In the period when the mega-Church became the object of scorn and was perceived by some critics as a symbol of everything that is wrong from “Western Christianity”, began their rapid growth. This shows again that God doesn’t consult us when, where and by what means He will build His Church.
To paraphrase my friend ed Stetzer (Ed Stetzer): God used a house Church to reach China, and He used the mega-Church to reach the Korea — both of these revivals at the same time. Although most people have heard of the Church of Yoido, but many people don’t even know that Seoul is dotted with megaserver.
In a certain period, five of the ten largest in the world megatorque was in Seoul! Of a mega-Church is as a sociological phenomenon (requiring unique demographic and cultural conditions), and ecclesiological phenomenon (requiring unique human and Divine elements). To depreciate this method, which God built His Church in Korea (and worldwide), arrogant and ignorant.
2. The revival of the Church in Korea has led to the growth of the Korean missionary movement. My long-standing admiration of the Korean Church is rooted not in the ability of the Church to accommodate a large number of parishioners, and the ability to send people on a mission. As a direct result of the revival of the 1960s, 70s and 80s years the Korean Church has influenced global mission.
In fact, by 2003, in 160 countries, there were more than 12 000 Korean missionaries. This means that the Korean Church has sent more missionaries around the world than any other country except the United States. When I think about the rapid growth of the Church that changed Philippine Christianity in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s, my prayer is that the growth of our churches has led to the Filipino missionary movement.
3. Korean Church age. Despite the fact that the Korean revival and missionary movement is inspiring, some recent trends are alarming. For example, while the Korean Church grew rapidly in the 1960s, 70s and 80s years, Church growth has slowed in the 90-ies and came in a small decline in the early 2000-ies.
On the one hand, we should all be humble enough to know that only God can bring a revival and rapid growth. But, on the other hand, we must recognize that sustainable growth in several generations is impossible, if its leaders will not lift and will not give opportunities to new leaders. If we fail to build and build with the next generation, we’ll lose him.”
Steve Murrell (Steve Murrell) — the pastor of a mega-Church “Victory Manila”, where campuses located in 60 cities of the Philippines; President of the missionary organization “Every Nation Churches & Ministries”, working in more than 70 countries; member of the Foundation Council Real LIFE aimed at serving thousands of troubled Teens in the Philippines.