World’s Largest Church Releases 20 Satellite Congregations

Yoido Full Gospel Church says it is poised for growth—now that it’s smaller

During 2010, the world’s largest church became considerably smaller—and its pastor says the move has led to growth and spiritual renewal, according to a report in Charisma magazine. After boasting more than 780,000 members, Yoido Full Gospel Church released 20 satellite congregations to become independent, effectively reducing the church roll by some 360,000 members.

Yoido pastor Young Hoon Lee, who succeeded church founder David Yonggi Cho in May 2008, says he has no regrets. “Each church is experiencing new revival,” he told Charisma. “Yoido Full Gospel Church is also continuing to grow, and more than 1,000 new converts are being added to the church membership every month.”

Yoido is still the largest-attendance congregation in the world, remaining influential in Asia and beyond. For a list of global megachurches, see www.leadnet.org/world.

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