The world’s largest church is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea

C. The world’s largest church is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea, a cell church with over 700,000 members. Yoido worship service average attendance is 153,000 in the main facility.[1] Their sanctuary will seat twelve thousand, while another twelve thousand worship in twelve chapels on campus with the service broadcast on large video screens. (Another hundred thousand worship in nineteen regional chapels off site where the worship service is projected on a large screen; worship is also broadcast on television and the internet throughout Korea.) There are seven services on Sundays. The worship is so crowded as to be uncomfortable by American cultural standards and there have been years where “the average member has to wait at least one hour in a long line just to get a place to sit down in one of our seven services” on Sunday.[2]

D. Not all churches in Korea are large; cell churches are surrounded and vastly outnumbered by the same sort of small churches that surround us in the United States. Cell churches have somehow been able to overcome barriers that cause resistance to growth in numbers. These gigantic churches are happy, effective, loving churches that perfectly meet the needs of their people, or they would have stopped growing and their people would have gone elsewhere.

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:

2.06 What is your reaction to the statistics on the size of the world’s largest church?

2.07 What is your reaction to the idea of having to wait in line for an hour in order to get into the main sanctuary at your church?

2.08 What is your reaction to the concept that a Discipleship System could be so effective as to totally overwhelm the ability of a church to provide adequate worship space to worship together?

2.09 Would your church be comfortable worshiping in multiple services?

2.10 Would you be comfortable worshiping in an auditorium where the sermon was televised live on a large screen from another site?





[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

[2][3] [4][5] [6][7] [8]

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]Joel Comiskey, Yoido Full Gospel Church, worldwide/yoido.htm (accessed June 15, 2007).

[2]Paul Yongii Cho with R. Whitney Manzano, More Than Numbers (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1984), 50. The facilities have since been expanded.

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