Churches in South Korea
Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)
With more than 2.2 million members in 6,300 parishes, the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) is one of the largest churches in Korea. The PCK combines a large number of issues including evangelisation and world mission, which are of great significance. At the same time, emphasis is placed on responsibility for the world. The church is committed to a lifestyle in harmony with the creation as well as to peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.
Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK)
With 340,000 members in about 1,450 parishes, the church belongs to one of the smaller churches in the country. During the long years of changing military dictatorships, the PROK was involved in human rights, democratisation, social justice, peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula. It was supported in this effort by the EMS, among others. In the past years, South Korea has become one of the leading industrial nations. Since ecological issues have been neglected during this process, the PROK started the Ecology Community Movement Centre in September 2008.
Christianity in South Korea
The percentage of Protestants in the population of Asian countries is nowhere near as high as in South Korea. More than 25 percent of the population belong to a Christian church and about 19 percent to a Protestant church. After many long years of commitment to democracy and human rights, in which the churches assumed a leading role, South Korea has had a democratic constitution since 1988. Today, welfare work of all kinds is therefore the focal point of activities.