Evangelische Bank eG
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Indonesia: Theological Education
The island nation of Indonesia is a country, in which the majority of the population is Muslim. At 10 percent, Christians represent the second largest officially-recognised religious group. Roughly half of that 10 percent are protestants. They all face challenges, big and small, on a daily basis – particularly given their position as a religious minority. As such, the nine Indonesian EMS member churches are dependent upon well-trained employees, who take responsibility for their communities, support them, and provide pastoral care.
New stimuli for community work
Many communities of the Protestant Indonesian Church in Donggala (GPID) can be found in remote locations in the mountains of the Central Sulawesi province. Although the province is one of the most economically backward in the whole of Indonesia, the Donggala church is investing an awful lot in building communities. With this in mind, it offers a training programme for pastors, community leaders and deacons. The practical education and training courses allow these people to upgrade their skills in the areas of preaching, pastoral work, sermons, and community work.
255 million inhabitants, of which 5% are Protestants
Offers for theologians
Roughly 20 years ago, ethnic conflicts drove the Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera (GMIH) to the brink of collapse. Since then, the church has done a lot of development work. An active spiritual life exists again in many communities. However, the spiritual and economic rebuilding, and the reconciliation between Christians and Muslims, will remain an important function of the GMIH in the future. The education and training of pastors places great importance on contextual, community-based theology.
The gospel is yet to reach many ethnic groups in the remote mountainous regions of the province of South East Sulawesi. In their isolated villages, there is little access to education or medical care. The Protestant Church in South-East (GEPSULTRA) trains evangelists, who travel to those people in remote villages. They are supported there by pastors, who must often serve ten to 15 communities, scattered far and wide. The evangelists not only spread glad tidings, but are also community leaders, social workers and aid workers. This way, Mission takes place practically by serving humanity.
We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.
Djoko P. A. Wibowo
Liaison Secretary Indonesia
+49 711 636 78 -36
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