The focus of Yoido Church is not on continual innovation but faithful implementation of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through the most effective discipleship system in the world.

This entry is part 95 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

This fourfold ministry pattern remains true today as the church now serves over 700,000 members. Yongii Cho and a few others provide leadership that sets direction.[1] Only a relatively few creative leaders are needed for this giant church to function; rather than continually reinventing itself and focusing on planning something new, the majority focus on diligent labor in the harvest. The pastoral staff of 171 ordained pastors, 356 non-ordained pastors and 100,113 lay leaders focus on the implementation of the fourfold ministry pattern.[2] The focus of Yoido Church is not on continual innovation but faithful implementation of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through the most effective discipleship system in the world.[3]

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DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS

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[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 www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. 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 CreateSpace.com.

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[1]Ibid., 79. The 1319 elders, all men, set policy but are also leaders in service. Statistically, this is microgovernance; elders represent half of 1% of attenders and there is one elder for every 530 members. While 1 in 7 members serves in leadership, their energy is shifted to direct service to Jesus Christ and away from institutional governance through committees. Yoido’s leadership focuses on service, not governance. Cf. Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius, Go Big: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006), 19-40, 79-80.

[2]The leadership figures are current. Yoido Full Gospel Church, Organization; http://english. fgtv.com/yoido/organi.asp (accessed June 18, 2007).

[3]Emergent church theory advises continual innovation and reinvention. McLaren, Church on the Other Side, 11-26. Diffusion of innovation theory suggests this would exclude 84% of a given population.

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