The old ways and the old religion were not working, and the people were ready for a new religion and a new way of life.

This entry is part 89 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The Yoido Full Gospel Church began in a time of economic and religious desolation after thirty five years of Japanese occupation and three years of the Korean War. Thousands of refugees came to South Korea to live in poverty and disease. The old ways and the old religion were not working, and the people were ready for a new religion and a new way of life.[1] Hard times are fertile soil for the seed of the Gospel.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 19-20.

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