- Pematangsiantar, Indonesia
- Work closely and consult with Indonesian theologians (and beyond) in shaping Lutheran identity programs, projects, and processes.
- Assist with the administration and implementation of Lutheran identity programs, projects and processes.
- Teach courses that relate to Lutheran theological distinctives, particularly in the area of specialty of the missionary
- Help coordinate courses and teachings in other areas Lutheran theological distinctives.
- Assist in the development of literature and other learning tools, as well as teaching tools, in Lutheran theological distinctives.
- Attend conferences and consultations on Lutheran identity and other areas of theology
- Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.
This position is to be located with a Lutheran Study Center, being established through the Indonesian National Committee of the Lutheran Federation (KNLWF). The location of this study center will be at the theological seminary of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) in Pematangsiantar.
Sekolah Tinggi Theologia (STT) HKBP - the seminary of the Christian Protestant Batak Church - is located on a large campus near the center of Pematangsiantar. There are more than 500 students enrolled, most of whom are from the HKBP church, but with solid number of those from other Lutheran church bodies in Indonesia. The primary focus is the training of pastors, but the seminary also is a tertiary educational institution and has a graduate program.
Pematangsiantar, often shortened to Siantar, is the second largest city on Sumatra after Medan. It is located some 130 km from Medan and is a stop-off point for tourists going to Lake Toba beyond it. It has a population of more than 250,000. It is the home area for Batak Simalungun people, though many Chinese and Javanese, in addition to other Batak groups live there, too.
Also located in Siantar is one of two campuses of Nommensen University, an institution of the HKBP. The Siantar campus has the faculty of teacher training and the English department, with a total of more than 6,000 students.
While Indonesia is predominantly Muslim (the most populous Muslim country in the world), Christians make up about 10% of the population. Parts of Northern Sumatra, especially among the Batak people, have a high concentration of Christians and among these, Lutherans are a majority.