Over several decades, people within Australian Churches of Christ have enjoyed various partnerships with Churches of Christ communities and projects in Indonesia. In the last decade this has been consolidated considerably through initiatives from Churches of Christ Vic-Tas, Stirling Theological College and Global Mission Partners. These relationships have been mutually creative and energising in interfaces with congregations and regional conferences, mission initiatives, and theological education and formation for ministry. Two significant points of reference within continuing relationships and mutual sharing of personnel resources continue to occur with the Sekolah Tinggi Teologia (theological college) in Salatiga, Central Java and the Mission Training School (API) in Bandung, West Java.
CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN INDONESIA:
WINSOME CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY AND MINISTRY
Churches of Christ in Indonesia exhibit vibrant expressions of Christian life and ministry, giving solid expression to crucial aspects of New Testament testimony, community and mission by creative congregational initiatives undertaken in a spirit of interdependence, clear articulation of Christian faith with generosity of spirit, extensive focused formation for church planting across diverse Indonesian cultures and enthusiastic commitment to the gospel, in deed and word, toward the transformation of people’s lives and their communities.
This is not easy, yet the degree of difficulty encountered in faithful Christian witness is a significant factor in church vitality. Churches are not dependent for their vitality on a management formula, select ecumenical alliances or political alignment. Resources are scarce, yet vibrant churches cohere around intense interest in Scripture and generous hospitality in breaking bread and multiplying it, by sharing it with others. While transparent cooperation occurs with other Christian heritages, the primary focus is mission and ministry in areas that are without explicit Christian witness. Within a predominantly Islamic society, the political context is ambiguous for Christians; therefore Christian presence and testimony must stand on its own veracity and generosity in Christ, without extrinsic political or social leverage.
In these ways, Churches of Christ in Indonesia give winsome expressions of Christian testimony and ministry that are focused, generous and adventurous in their expressions of simply being “Churches of Christ”.