Koinonia Educational Ministry as a Pertinent Corrective to Disintegration and Fragmentation Inherent in the Korean Church

Kyoomin Lee1,*   

1Presbyterian University

Abstract

Korean society in 2020 is facing a new turning point with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. In the future, Korean society is expected to gradually spread its postmodern characteristics across all areas. Pursuing collectivity and uniformity as in the past will make it a return to past-oriented pre-modernism. On the other hand, if one chooses either individuality or plurality, it will fall into another extreme of individualism and relativism. These two extremes of pre-modern uniformism and postmodern pluralism can never be an alternative to Korean society. Korean society in the 21st century needs a more comprehensive third alternative that respects the importance of individuals along with communities. This study attempts to explore theological and educational inquiry towards this third alternative. For this third alternative, this study attempted to reflect on the followings. First, reflections on the heritage of the Korean Church that enabled its explosive growth; second, reflections on pastoral expertise and identity distinct from ordinary professionals; third, typological consideration of the relationship between secular culture and Christianity; fourth, reflections on the characteristics and methodologies of Christian education, which are the theoretical foundation of the educational ministry; fifth, analytical reflection on major problems that hinder educational ministry of the Korean Church; Finally, this inquiry was completed by presenting a ‘Koinonia Educational Model’ as an alternative for the problem of disintegrationa and fragmentation residing in the Korean Church.

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