Over the past 20 years, the Korean church has been on the path of decline. It's not just a matter of declining numbers. Rather, the loss of ministry philosophy and vision is a more essential and important problem. In the midst of a rapidly changing world, the church, which has to preach the unchanging word of God, has either completely separated from the world or, conversely, has been assimilated into the world. The church that the Bible points to has lost its direction.
In fact, the Western Church has been through these problems before us. That is why ‘Missional Theology’ appeared along with reflection on the appearance of the church. The core of Missional Theology is that the church follow Jesus into the world and restore the mission that God has given to the church.
That's why missional theology needs to be seriously studied and dealt with in the Korean church. The Samil Church establishes the Missional Theological Institute to share with the Korean church the concerns about the nature and direction of the church based on the spiritual asset of mission experience that has been allowed to the Samil Church.
To this end, the 'Institute for Missional Theology' will be established to fulfill three roles.
Research. The Institute focuses on biblical studies through 'missional hermeneutics'. Missional theology is a matter of the constitutional change of the church. In order for the constitution of the church to change, pastors' pastoral philosophy and sermons must change first of all. I would like to study the missional interpretation of the Bible and share the results so that the Korean church can read the Bible from a new perspective.
Education. Samil Church has already established the Orthotomeo Academy in 2016 to train Korean church pastors. Now, as the academy is newly located within the Institute of Missional Theology, it will focus on training pastors and seminary students, and furthermore, missionaries and lay leaders, focusing on missional theology and missional interpretation of the Bible.
Network. We look forward to solidarity with other churches and organizations while sharing Missional Theology and the experience of the Samil Church with the Korean church. In this way, we will help the churches who are thinking about how to live out the gospel by going into this world that does not have much hope for the gospel and the church.
Colloquium and Seminar
Scholars from home and abroad present commissioned research results and provide feedback through discussion (once a quarter). In addition, seminars are held throughout the year to research and present various topics.
Conference on Missional Hermeneutics
Theologians from Korea and abroad jointly present missionary biblical interpretation studies and have opportunities for international academic exchange (once a year).
Academy for Pastors
Focusing on missional interpretation of the Bible, we provide education to gain insight into the new and diverse problems that pastors are facing.
Colloquiums, seminars, and conference results are produced as research series. We also translate and publish books from forerunners.
Board Chair: Tae-Geun Song
Standing advisors: Prof. Hee-seok Kim (Chongshin Graduate School), Prof. Jeong Seong-guk (Ashin University)
Director: Kim Il-ho
Network: Lee Kwang-il
Education: Seongbok Han
Administration: Yoo Jaejun
Operation: Kim Hyo-sun
Overseas cooperation: Yang Ji-eun
Secretary: Lee Kwang-min
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