Pastors.com recently posted a fascinating conversation between Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and David Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world's largest Protestant church, the 750,00 member Yoido Full Gospel Church in South Korea. Here are some sample exchanges:
Warren: How do you stay fresh in the ministry?
Cho: I believe ministers cannot maintain their ministries without the anointing of the Holy Spirit. For me, that means three hours a day to maintain my intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
Warren: What would you like to say to American Pastors?
Cho: Many people still do not know the real importance of prayer - but as a minister, you should know that prayer is the foundation of church growth and revival. American pastors should be determined to pray. As you know, we have an early Morning Prayer meeting in Korea and many American pastors come. They asked me, "How do you motivate people to come in the early morning to pray?", and I say, First, you should motivate yourself!
Warren: It seems that the Internet cell group has far more potential for growth even more than Branch (satellite) churches?
Cho: THAT IS IT EXACTLY! - I always say to our people - this is the next generation ministry! Without the Internet we will fall far behind the wall. Many (in the) young generation won't come to church because of traffic and a lack of spaces in church. But now we have an Internet broadcasting system with a fantastic program to attract them, and they can stay home.
Warren: Do you think American churches should be more open to the prayer for miracles?
Cho: I feel that the most American churches really don't believe in the miracles of God. The church is getting very institutionalized. But I tell you that by a new anointing the American church would start to believe the miracle of the nation of God's hand.
The whole conversation was exiting and challenging at the same time. Makes me want to visit South Korea just to see what Yoido Full Gospel Church is all about!