Dec. 2, 2004
Rev. Sang Yean Cho
By United Methodist News Service
task force of United Methodist Korean church leaders will meet Dec. 6-8
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to discuss ways to revitalize church growth.
leaders recognize growth in the United Methodist Korean churches has
become stagnant since 2000, says the Rev. Sang Yean Cho, editor of
United Methodists in Service, a Korean-language magazine published by
United Methodist Communications.
the 1980s-1990s, the Korean United Methodist church was growing,” he
says. “In the late 1990s, there were 420 churches across the U.S. But
since 2000, the growth has become stagnant.” The United Methodist Church
has 100,000 Korean members in the United States.
task force will examine why the trend has changed. Cho points out that
the Korean Methodist Church has established 280 churches in the United
States that are not associated with the United Methodist Church.
will hear from leaders in small, medium and large membership churches
about the strengths, strategies and programs in each setting, and they
will discuss ways to revitalize the Korean United Methodist Church.
After the meeting, participants will produce a paper on the study for
use as a resource by the Korean church.
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.