A Model of the Apostolic Church in Korea - Regarding Its Structure for Holistic Mission -


Hwang, Byung-Bae

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Since the Christianity had been introduced to Korea, the Korean church has been well known to the world for its rapid growth. In addition, Korea is now the second high-ranking country in numbers that sends missionaries to the world. However, it does not mean that the evangelization and mission work in Korea have been finished. Korea took a radical turn into more secular and more plural society in 1980s. The forces of postmodernism and globalization have seriously affected to Korean people since the early 1990s. Since the mid-1990s, the number of church members in Korea has begun to decrease. One of the common problems that Korean churches face today is the rapid decrease of teenagers and young adults who attend church. Korean churches should be sensitive to current crises and respond to various challenges from the world, which is very secularized, postmodernized, and globalized. In a word, Korea still remains a mission field today and a apostolic church model is asked for performing more effective missions in Korea. In this article, the researcher discusses the apostolic ecclesiology, particularly its structure. The definition, identity, and characteristics of the apostolic church are discussed, and then a model of the biblically faithful and functionally effective structure of the apostolic church is detailed with suggestions for Korean churches to be truly missional.


I. Introduction
 II. Definition, identity and characteristics of the apostolic church
 III. The biblically faithful and functionally effective structure of the apostolic church
 IV. Conclusion with suggestions for Korean churches


  • Hwang, Byung-Bae Full-time Lecturer of Hyupsung University


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