Slow advancement of
leaders: Yoido does not rapidly
bring laity into leadership or on staff. The typical staff pastor is a married
woman between the ages of thirty-five and forty-four, has children, has been a
Christian for sixteen to twenty years and has attended the church between ten
and fourteen years.
The 700,000 members of Yoido Church receive significantly more direct pastoral
visitation than members of small American churches in the parish system, and
far more visitation from laity who are neighbors. These carefully nurtured
relationships bring people into cells and from cells into the church.
Ibid., 219. For more information on the decision to use women in ministry, see Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 83-88.
NOTE (my response)
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