Diakonia as Christian mission: with particular reference to Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in Korea

Lee, Song Kon (2020). Diakonia as Christian mission: with particular reference to Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in Korea. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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In the New Testament diakonia means both ‘waiting at table’ or in a somewhat wider sense, ‘provision for bodily sustenance’, in addition to the ‘discharge of service’ in genuine love. The purpose of this study is to discover the characteristics of diakonia in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, and how the diakonia in P/C movements has impacted on Christianity and society in Christian history. Furthermore, it also examines whether diakonia in the P/C movements has the potential for social transformation and discusses the direction of the development of P/C movements through diakonia practices. For this, the research uses historical, theological and missiological methodology. In particular, it uses ecclesial, holistic and prophetic dimensions as a framework to analyse diakonia in P/C movements in Korea.

As a result, it could be seen that the evaluation of P/C movements as non-social and exclusive movements shows a superficial understanding of the movements. In general, in these movements, there is more practice of the social service aspect that cares for the poor and the alienated, than the social transformation aspect. Also, it is possible to continue to develop the movement into a progressive social movement through diakonia activities. The P/C movements have the potential to liberate people through Pentecostal empowerment. The diakonia practices of the movements are expected to play a role in their social transformation in that they draw on a holistic perspective and approach that does not distinguish between individual salvation and social salvation. The P/C movements are immensely interested in the prophetic dimension. They are able to grow to the level of dealing with political issues that threaten God’s kingdom and human well-being. I argue that we must take an attitude that recognises and supports their infinite potential for social change through diakonia.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10402


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