Gereja Kristen Indonesia
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Indonesian Christian Church
Kompleks Ruko Gading Bukit Indah blok Q-29 Jl. Bukit Gading Raya, Kelapa Gading Office
Jakarta 14240
Indonesia (Asia)
Telephone: +62.21 4585 0904
Fax: +62.21 4585 2899
Email: synodgki@indo.net.id
Address-No.: 1320 / 4200

The GKI has its origins in mission work among the Chinese and people of Chinese descent on Java in the 19th century by a number of Dutch missionary societies and the American Methodists (1905-1928). Chinese evangelists and lay people played a large part in the spreading of Christianity, and the congr were relatively independent from the missions and their missionaries. Their common history starts with the Cipaku Conference in 1926, which aimed at the unity of the Christians of Chinese descent on Java. The founding of the Church of Christ in China (1927) was a stimulus toward independence. After 1930 a number of these congr coalesced into four regional churches (East Java 1934, Central Java 1935 and 1936, West Java 1938), each of which more or less bore the stamp of its founding mission. At the time the combined membership was ? 3,500. With a view toward future unity, these churches initially had the status of classis. However, in the fifties they constituted themselves into four Synods. Three of these took the name of Gereja Kristen Indonesia Jawa Barat/Tengah/Timur.In 1962 for the first time the three churches convened in a General Synod, but not until August 1988 was the projected church union finally realized. This union was strengthened when the united GKI declared itself as a member of the PGI instead of the three constituent churches (1994). Currently the church is in the process of drawing up a church order which will replace the constitutions of the separate churches. Gradually the GKI is taking on a multi-ethnic character. It encompasses only a minority of the Indonesians of Chinese descent, as many belong to the RCath Church and to Prot churches of Pentecostal, Mennonite, and other denominations. The church has general health clinics, several older people�s homes, and a social welfare organization. It publishes a trimonthly theological magazine, Penuntun, and a general monthly, Kairos. The GKI considers February 22, 1934, as its date of birth.

Diaconal Institutions:
Yayasan Bimbingan Kesejahteraan Sosial (Social Welfare Guidance Foundation)


Statistic data of church

total: 178990
admitted to participate in the Lord's Supper: 132465
baptised: 46525 
(conventionally): 201
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 114
Ordained clergy
total: 265
Men: 209
Women: 56
women´s ordination
since 1965
total: 1368
Men: 889
Women: 479 
total: 150
Men: 100
Women: 50
  deacons available
total: 41
Men: 31
Women: 10
missionaries do not working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
no godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 4
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 3

Schools providing general education
other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
Congregation, classis, regional Synod, national Synod
Traditional type
  • reformed
Official languages
  • Indonesian
Languages during church services
  • Indonesian
  • Apostles´ Creed
  • Athanasian Creed
  • Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
  • Nicene Creed (381)

International assiciations

Regional assiciations

National assiciations


last update: 13.04.2006
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