Prayer services occur each day, and prayer is the most common activity of the church that could be considered a program.

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Prayer services occur each day, and prayer is the most common activity of the church that could be considered a program. There is no training program for prayer or staff person in charge of prayer; no bureaucracy develops to manage the church’s program of prayer. The church simply gathers to pray and learns how to pray by practicing regular prayer.[1] Morning prayer services at five a.m. have been a custom in Korea since 1907.[2] They occur Monday through Saturday at Yoido Church.[3] All-night prayer services began in 1972 and since 1980 occur Sunday through Friday, from ten p.m. to four in the morning.[4] A special purpose prayer service is held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for those desiring to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit.[5] The church maintains a retreat site, Prayer Mountain, where there are four prayer services daily.[6] During home visitation, lay leaders invite non-Christians to the weekly cell meeting, welcome them there, and invite them to go with cell members to one of the many prayer services to pray for God’s help for their special needs.[7] In all worship and prayer services, those who desire conversion are asked to stand and are led in a prayer of conversion while they are surrounded by supportive cell members.[8] Customs such as “Jericho prayer” and “Daniel prayer” guide the faithful in patterns of purposeful prayer.[9] Rather than provide programs to meet needs, the primary activity of this church is gathering to pray and ask God to meet needs.





[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]

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[1]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 38. “Normally, believing Christians pray thirty to sixty minutes daily.” Paul Yongii Cho, Prayer: Key to Revival (Waco, TX: Word Publishing, 1984), 108, 136, 135.

[2]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 39. Cf. Young-Hoon Lee, “Korean Pentecost: the Great Revival of 1907,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 4, no. 1 (January 2001): 73-83, under (accessed June 13, 2007).

[3]Pastor Cho’s description of his schedule indicates that he attends few of these meetings. They are a ministry of his staff and lay leaders, thereby enhancing differentiation, diversity, and leadership growth. Cf. Cho, Prayer: Key to Revival, 136-138.

[4]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 40-42. The Wednesday night and Friday night prayer services have the highest attendance, drawing twenty-five thousand. Hurston’s research shows that more than half of the cell leaders attend all-night prayer meeting on a weekly basis. Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 213. Cf. Cho, Prayer: Key to Revival, 111-112.

[5]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 43.

[6]Ibid., 3, 6, 7, 11, 55. Cho indicated when membership was 370,000 in 1984 that on average three thousand people, or almost 1% of members, were praying every day at Prayer Mountain. Cho, Prayer: Key to Revival, 108, 136.

[7]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 40.

[8]Ibid., 105, 106.

[9]Ibid., 47, 48, 39.

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