Missional Church in a Global World: A Future Church Study for Pastors in Korea

Missional Churchin a Global World
Hansung Kim
Associate Pastor, Hi-gibbum Church, Seoul, Korea
“The team of faculty leading this program makes it as grounded in Biblical studies as it is rich in practical guidance for ministry – all with an eye to the future. I’ve learned how to see the Bible as a whole and better interpret it in 21st century language and imagery.”
Senngmo Ko
Senior Pastor, HamAhn Central Methodist Church, Gyung Nam Province, Korea
“For years I had heard about Drew from alumni and teachers back in Korea. Now that I am here, as I walk around campus, I understand why they speak so fondly of Drew and feel that I have become part of the story of this place.”

A Future Church Study with Leonard Sweet for Pastors in Korea

The Doctor of Ministry Program at Drew is pleased to announce a new concentration for pastors and church leaders in the Korean context! Participants will work in an academic and mentoring relationship with Dr. Leonard Sweet, Dr. Younglae Kim, and Dr. Byoungho Zoh to review, reform, and revision, a style and approach to ministry for the coming global awakening of a New Church. Through three online courses candidates will be exposed to cutting edge thinking on transformation of the church. New ways of organizing the candidates’ learning experience will be led Dr. Sweet who will mentor their journey throughout their degree program. He will be joined by a core faculty cognizant of both the Korean church context and the global missional church. Instruction will be given in Korean, or English with Korean translation.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Leonard Sweet is author of more than two hundred articles, 1000 published sermons and almost fifty books. Dr. Sweet often appears on the “50 Most Influential Christians in America” list, and in 2010 was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010:” http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue11870.html. His popular weekly podcast called “Napkin Scribbles” is widely used and quoted. Dr. Sweet’s microblogs on twitter and facebook are ranked as some of the most influential social media sites in the world. Dr. Sweet often  uses two words to describe himself: semiotician and interstitial. In other words, he is obsessed with two questions: “Where have you been?” and “Where are you going?”

Dr. Byoungho Zoh, a.k.a. ‘Dr. of Tong,’ created the Tong (통:通-pass through, communicate) method of studying the Bible, an approach that fuses rationality and sentimentality as well as the cultures of the East and the West together. He holds a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is the President of Bible TongdokWon, an educational institution for studying the Word of God. He contributed his article ‘Studentische Missionsbewegung’ to the Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart in 2004, and chaired the ‘21st Century Future Church Conference: The Companionship of the East & the West’ for 10,000 ministers in 2007. In 2008, he acted as the co-representative of the ‘ReOrientation thru the Bible’ Seoul Declaration of 140 Korean Theologians. His publications of more than 30 books include Bible Tongdok and The Rise and Fall of the Five Empires in the Bible.

Younglae Kim, scholar, preacher, educationist, and global connector. His education includes an M.Div. from the Theological School at Drew University, an S.T.M. degree at Yale University, and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. Currently he is teaching at Methodist Theological University, Seoul, Korea as Professor of Christian Education. He is a board member of SpiritVenture Ministries and heads up SpiritVenture Ministries Korea and also the CLO (Creative Link Organizer) of Jesus Link Global. With these ministries, he is trying to relocate and exchange the gifts and grace of Christian workers globally in order to be God’s instrument for God’s global mission. He has translated several of Dr. Leonard Sweet’s books into Korean and is writing books and doing public lectures both in Asia and in North America on the Future Church and Education.

Cohort Design

Three Core Courses:

DMIN 908 Biblical Semiotics and Future Studies

Chat: Mondays 7-8:30 AM US Eastern Time (8-9:30 PM in Seoul, Korea)

This course is an introduction to the academic discipline of “semiotics” and the cultivation of skills that lead to foresight knowledge.  A semiotic approach to Scripture is one that approaches the Bible holistically and organically; that believes there is no understanding without standing under the text; and that seeks less to exegete verses and expound principles than to exegete “narraphors”  (narratives and metaphors) and expound stories and images.  Students will learn to “pay attention” to the metaphors, to learn to identify the stories in scripture, and to seek the truth that connects our story to God’s Story. Emphasis will be on how to semiotically reframe these scriptural truths within a 21st century culture. We will also explore in an introductory fashion how to use semiotics to braille the culture.

DMIN 918 Identity Formation, Story-Telling, and a New Paradigm for Preaching

Chat: Mondays 7-8:30 AM US Eastern Time (8-9:30 PM in Seoul, Korea)

This course introduces a new paradigm for preaching based in semiotics.  Building upon the students’ understanding of metaphor and story as key to unlocking the truth of the scriptures, this course examines the role of the preacher and the medium of the sermon in discipleship and identity formation.  A body of Christ needs to have the mind and heart of Jesus.  Every congregation needs to be an incarnational manifestation of the Holy Spirit of Christ. But how do we as preachers encourage people to engage in relationship with Jesus through worship?  How can we create a sermon that can help nudge people toward a life altering experience of revival and conversion?  Semiotic preaching sees preaching as sacramental  and transincarnational, a bloodline that helps people connect their story with God’s Story through holistic engagement with Jesus.  Using metaphor and image as a means for exegesis and creating an interactive EPIC relationship between congregants and Christ through the sermonic experience, the semiotic preacher’s role changes preaching from performance art to participation artisanship.  This course will study the text, Giving Blood:  A fresh Paradigm for Preaching, a culmination of 20+ years of Dr. Len Sweet’s experience and scholarship in the art of homiletics.  Dr. Byoungho Zho will additionally contribute his own preaching and teaching artistry regarding the art of “tongdok”, the oral rendering of the Jesus Story which makes for a holistic experience of both the scriptures and the Jesus Life today.  Both co-professors for the course are committed to the importance of developing a Christ-ian identity within our global churches and communities, in order to further the Kingdom of God in Jesus name.

DMIN 928 We Are The Church: A MRI (Missional, Relational, Incarnational) Church in a Global World

Chat: Mondays 7-8:30 AM US Eastern Time (8-9:30 PM in Seoul, Korea)

This course examines the 21st Century manifestations of the global Christian Church.  Students will delve into the origins of the Church, discover the nature of the Church as missional, relational, and incarnational, and contemplate what it means to be part of Christ’s global mission.  Understanding the gospel message as narraphor (story and metaphor), students will take a look at the Church’s identity both in the east and in the west, and examine ways that the Church can become more holistic and united in discipleship and evangelism for Jesus.  The course will read narraphors of the faith from global pastors and prophets representing some of the fastest growing and dynamic churches in the world, and then will take time to examine why the church is dis-integrating in the west, and what can be done to reverse that trend.  The course emphasizes the four signs of “awakening” within the Church:  1) a return to scripture, 2) reading scripture in the language of culture, 3) a refocusing on Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and 4) an acute awareness of the power of the Holy Spirit in one’s life and in the lives of others.

Summer Intensive Session at Drew

July 18-August 5, 2016

The Drew Doctor of Ministry program requires a three-week residency on campus. Each student enrolls in three intensive courses during the summer. One course is required: LOGON 980 Theological Methods in Ministry. The second and third courses are electives and may be chosen from an array of choices including: Theological Studies (DMIN 910), Biblical Studies (DMIN 911), or Practical Theology (DMIN 912). Students can choose to do an optional third week elective such as DMIN 972 Drew@Wales or an online summer course. (session dates July 18-August 5, 2016)

Second and Third Year: The Project Phase

Project Colloquium (begins fall of second year). Development of Topic Outline for doctoral proposal online (Sept. 2016) followed by a two-day workshop on proposal development with faculty advisers (Oct. 2016), leading to a professional project and doctoral thesis. Online “report back” sessions and “cyber-chats” scheduled each semester until graduation in May of third year. Four semesters of project development and thesis writing: DMIN 990, 991, 992, 993 (12 credits).


The cost is $550/credit hour or $16,500 for the full 30 hour program.