Seven worship services occur each Sunday, two on Saturday and three on Wednesday.

This entry is part 98 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Seven worship services occur each Sunday, two on Saturday and three on Wednesday.[1] Yoido worships in a main sanctuary that seats twelve thousand and six chapels in the same building seating another twelve thousand where the service is televised on a giant screen.[2] Comiskey estimates 133,000 in worship the Sunday he visited in 1997, plus twenty thousand children in Sunday School, for a total attendance at the mother church of 153,000. Twelve other regional chapels add approximately 100,000 for a Sunday total of 253,000.[3] This Sunday attendance represents 28% of the membership; Southern Baptist attendance in the United States, without the logistical problems of Yoido’s size, reflects 35% of membership.[4] The worship style at Yoido is traditional rather than contemporary, although large projection screens are used.[5] By American standards the sanctuary is crowded and uncomfortable, yet the church has grown for years despite this inconvenience and discomfort.





[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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[1]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 13. Dr. Cho preaches at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m Sundays, at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. A video is played of Dr. Cho’s sermon is played in the 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. services on Sunday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. A guest or staff pastor preaches at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. Wednesday and in two-hour cycles during each all night prayer meeting from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 153.

[2]These estimates are from Joel Comiskey’s 1997 visit to Yoido. Comiskey has difficulty with so many Yoido members not attending worship in the church building, but indicates Cho’s response is that their tithing indicates a proper level of commitment. Cf. Matthew 6:21. Joel Comiskey, Yoido Full Gospel Church, (accessed June 13, 2007).

[3]By 2003 Regional Sanctuaries had increased from twelve to nineteen. Yoido, Organization.

[4]Kevin D. Hendricks, “The Case of the Missing Church Members,” Church Marketing Sucks Blog, entry posted July 26, 2005, the_case_of_the.html (accessed June 13, 2007).

[5]Southern Baptist Ralph Neighbor wrote in 1990 that Cho’s Pentecostal service was “just about as formal as a Presbyterian church.” Neighbor, Where Do We Go, 150.

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