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Jaesung Yoon

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The goal of this doctoral project is to move the church from an inward to an outward focus by utilizing ministry teams called Sabbath School Action Units as the primary vehicles for local outreach; these teams will do ministry under the leadership of the lay leaders who are coached by pastoral staff members. The purpose of this study is to involve all church members in God‘s mission, using their spiritual gifts through the team ministry.

This doctoral project consists of three parts. The first part will examine the ministry context, which includes both the needs of the community and the capacity of the church to meet the needs. The felt needs of the people in the community are various, including cultural issues like language barriers and a generation gap; family issues such as divorce and parenting; physical and mental health problems such as loneliness and addiction, financial instability; and issues regarding legal status. The second part seeks to establish the biblical and theological foundation of “team ministry,” which is one of the most effective ways of ministry for the church. The third part deals with the specific strategies for implementation of the team ministry. The discussion will include how to clarify the ministry vision, how to select and train team leaders, how to recruit team members, and how to conduct outreach ministry.

Because the transition from an inward to an outward focused church takes considerable time, patience and persistence are needed for both leaders and team members. A pilot project will be operated before extending the team ministry to the whole congregation. For more effective transition, ministry team-centered church governance will be suggested instead of committee-based church governance.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Los Angeles Central Korean Adventist Church; Lay ministry; Group ministry; Cooperative ministry; Missional church movement; Sabbath schools


Missions and World Christianity


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