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Charis and Charisma

David Yonggi Cho and the Growth of Yoido Full Gospel Church

Sung-Hoon Myung and Young-Gi Hong

Regnum Books International (2003), 217pp, ISBN: 1870345452

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Founded by David Yonggi Cho, Yoido Full Gospel Church is the world's largest church. This book discusses the factors responsible for the phenomenal growth of this church. The book expounds the role played by leadership, the Holy Spirit, prayer, preaching, cell groups and creativity in promoting church growth, with particular reference to Yoido Full Gospel Church. It focusses on God's Grace (charis) and Inspiring Leadership (charisma) as the two essential factors for church growth and, in this context. examines the part David Yonggi Cho's personal charisma and his ideas or principles play in causing growth. The purpose of the book is to present a model for church growth worldwide.

"Yonggi Cho is a special servant of God... It would not be an exaggeration to say that the growth of Yoido Full Gospel Church is due entirely to his charismatic leadership and message. I recommend this book strongly, and I hope that more churches will be built on the foundations described in it."Rev. John Hanhurn Ok

"Today, the name of Yonggi Cho is one familiar to Christian leaders around the world. He has showed us that a local church can grow to almost a million congregation members. He introduced the idea of home cell groups. This book explains how these factors were all involved in the growth of Yoido Full Gospel Church. You can use the principles for dynamic growth contained in this book in your local church!" Dr Peter Wagner

"Yonggi Cho has been a unique and strong influence on the growth of world Christianity. He has influenced my thinking as well as the vision for church growth and cell philosophy. This book is filled with practical advice on church growth which comes from Yonggi Cho's own experiences. I hope and pray that you will apply these principles to experience a great work of God in your life and ministry." Dr Joel Comiskey

Contributors to this book include:
Myung, Sung-Hoon: Dr. Sung-Hoon Myung, former president of the Institute for Church Growth, is advisor to the Institute and pastors the second sanctuary of Yoido Full Gospel Church.
Cecil Robeck: Dr. Cecil Robeck is professor of Church History and Ecumenics at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and minister of the Assemblies of God Church.
Park, Myung-Soo: Dr Myung-Soo Park is professor of Church History, Seoul Theological University and director of Holiness Church History Research Centre.
Ma, Won-Suk: Dr Won-Suk Ma, missionary of the United States Assemblies of God, is professor of Old Testament and missology at Asia Pacific Theological University.
Hong, Young-Gi: Dr Young-Gi Hong is president of the Institute for Church Growth, consultant in Church Growth and Leadership and professor of missiology at Hansei University.

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