Moving beyond the clerical paradigm: Practical theology in the Korean context

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Over the past few decades, practical theologians in Korea have devised a framework to address important issues, correlating theory and practice and bridging the divide between pastors and lay people to facilitate open communication. However, the clerical paradigm has deep roots in Korean culture and ideology, which, combined with the Confucian patriarchal system, poses a challenge to Korean practical theology. These factors cause practical theology to reflect on its limitations and to move toward a hermeneutical-praxis paradigm by dealing with Christian praxis, connecting church with society for public responsibility, and providing an egalitarian leadership between pastors and lay people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-109
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Practical Theology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


Dive into the research topics of 'Moving beyond the clerical paradigm: Practical theology in the Korean context'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this