Korea KR

2,821,566

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

50,947

Indicated decisions 2014

49.8 million

Population

15 million

Christians
8.2 million are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Korea
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    In a high Power Distant culture such as South Korea, workers want autocratic bosses. 
    Korea is a very homogeneous culture, leading to mistrust of outsiders.
    Korean saying: Do not trust someone who is smiling in a photo (Neutral communication).
  • Top 25 Stats

    Total Evangelicals- 8.2 M (14th); Human Development Index- 15th; Internet Access- 91.52% (9th).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Non-religious
  • Human Development Index

    15/187
  • Internet Access

    91.52% (9th)
  • Ethnic Groups

    One of the most homogeneous nations in the world: Korean (97.8%); Other (2.2%, a mix of Western Chinese, Japanese, and South or Southeast Asian).
  • Common Languages

    Korean
  • Economy

    Transformed from one of the poorest nations in the world into the 11th largest economy. Rapid industrial growth, modernization, and exports; Nation has few natural resources.
    In last generation, growth was remarkable, but exposed corruption in industry and politics. Wealth led to more suicides, Internet addiction, sex industry, and cosmetic surgery. 
    Cosmetic surgery is highest per capita in world led by eye surgery to look more Western.
  • History / Politics

    Has a 1000-year history of invasions and interference from nearby nations: 
    Japanese occupation (1910-1945), national division (1945-1948), Korean war (1950-1953). These shape the Korean attitudes and politics; Strong military-civilian rule (1950-1987). 
    Now has a multiparty democracy with a strong alliance with the U.S., including U.S. troops.
  • Spirituality

    Many Koreans still consult with shaman or mix Buddhism and Christianity.
    Lots of technology used in church services, and mobile phones are used in evangelism.
    The Korean church grew amazingly from 1900-2000, but growth has slowed recently.
    Pastors are well-trained, Koreans send out many missionaries, and pray long and frequently. 
    Tension exists between churches and some pastors have pride issues.
  • Prayers

    Praise the Lord for the growth in the Korean church in the last century.
    Pray that the church would be more pure in its Christian beliefs and practices.
    Pray that the missionaries sent to other countries would be effective and encouraged. 
    Pray that the growth would start again, and that pastors and groups would cooperate.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.

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