- 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
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.
his 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.