Protestantism in Indonesia
Protestantism (Indonesian: Protestanisme) is one of the six approved religions in Indonesia, the others being Islam, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It constitutes the bulk of Christianity in Indonesia, which is the second largest religion in the country after Islam. According to CIA statistic, in 2000 5.7% of the population of Indonesia were Protestant. A nationwide census of 2018 noted that 7.6% (20,250,000) of the population considering themselves Protestant, largest in Southeast Asia.
Protestantism is largely a result of Dutch Reformed and Lutheran missionary efforts during the country's colonial period. The Dutch East India Company regulated the missionary work so it could serve its own interests and restricted it to the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago. Although these two branches are the most common, a multitude of other denominations can be found elsewhere in Indonesia. The Batak Protestant Christian Church, founded in 1861 by German Lutheran missionary Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen, is the largest one.
Protestantism arrived in Indonesia during the Dutch East Indies colonization. By the mid-1700s a significant Lutheran presence was found in Jakarta, with a Lutheran church built by the Lutheran Governor General Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff in 1749. In 1817, the Dutch founded the Protestantsche Kerk in Nederlandsch-Indie ("Indische Kerk") as a union of Reformed, Lutheran, Baptists, Arminian and Mennonite denominations. In 1835, the Dutch king decreed that one church council would fuse and oversee the Protestant denominations in the Dutch colony.
On the island of Sulawesi, 17% of the citizens are Protestants, particularly in Tana Toraja and North Sulawesi. Up to 65% of the Torajan population are Protestant. In some parts of the country, entire villages belong to a distinct denomination, such as Adventist, Lutheran, Presbyterian or Salvation Army. Two provinces have Protestant majorities: North Sulawesi (64%) and Papua (60%). Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa is the largest Protestant church in North Sulawesi. Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa is a Mennonite-related denomination. Huria Kristen Batak Protestant is a Lutheran denomination founded by Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen. It is the largest Protestant denomination in Indonesia and has over 4 million congregants. The relatively large number of "denominations" per capita in Indonesia may be due to the significant number of different ethnic groups in Indonesia. Many Indonesian Protestants tend to congregate based more on ethnicity than liturgical differences.
- Christian Evangelical Church in Sangihe-Talaud (GMIST)
- Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa (GMIM)
- Christian Church in East Timor
- Christian Church in Luwuk Banggai
- Christian Church in Central Sulawesi
- Christian Church of Southern Sumatra
- Christian Church of Sumba
- Church of Toraja Mamasa
- East Java Christian Church
- Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera
- Evangelical Christian Church in Papua
- Evangelical Church in Bolaang Mongondow
- Evangelical Church in Kalimantan
- Indonesian Christian Church
- Indonesian Protestant Church in Buol Toli-Toli
- Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala
- Indonesian Protestant Church in Gorontalo
- Javanese Christian Church (Sinode Gereja-gereja Kristen Jawa, GKJ)
- Karo Batak Protestant Church
- Pasundan Christian Church
- Protestant Christian Church in Bali
- Protestant Church in Indonesia
- Protestant Church of Maluku
- Protestant Church in Southeast Sulawesi
- Protestant Church in West Indonesia
- Protestant Evangelical Church in Timor
- Toraja Church
Members of the International Conference of Reformed Churches
Members of World Reformed Fellowship
Indonesian churches recognized by the Lutheran World Federation as Lutheran or affiliated with Lutheran are:
- Banua Niha Keriso Protestan (BNKP) – The Protestant Church in Nias Island
- Gereja Angowuloa Masehi Indonesia Nias (AMIN) – Christian Communion of Indonesia in Nias
- Gereja Kalimantan Evangelis (GKE) - Evangelical Church in Kalimantan. Also a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
- Gereja Kristen Luther Indonesia (GKLI) – Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church
- Gereja Kristen Protestan Angkola (GKPA) – Christian Protestant Angkola Church
- Gereja Kristen Protestan di Mentawai (GKPM) – Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai (fka PKPM)
- Gereja Kristen Protestan Indonesia (GKPI) – Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia
- Gereja Kristen Protestan Pakpak Dairi (GKPPD) – Pakpak Dairi Protestant Christian Church
- Gereja Kristen Protestan Simalungun (GKPS) – Simalungun Protestant Christian Church
- Gereja Punguan Kristen Batak (GPKB) – Batak Christian Community Church
- Gereja Protestan Persekutuan (GPP) – The United Protestant Church
- Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) – Protestant Christian Batak Church
- Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI)[permanent dead link] – The Indonesian Christian Church (a.k.a. Christian Church in Mentawai)
- Orahua Niha Keriso Protestan (ONKP) - Communion of Protestant Christian Church
HKI, GMB, GKPS, GKPI, GKLI, GKPA, GPP, and GKPPD all split from HKBP. GKLI maintains a strong relationship with the Norwegian Lutheran Church. GKPM was founded by HKBP missionaries. Although the BNKP and HKBP have historically cooperated, no official relationship exists between those entities. AMIN split from BNKP and retains more of a Lutheran identity.
Gereja Lutheran Indonesia (GLI) is affiliated with the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference. GLI is closely associated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in the United States. GLI has offices in Jakarta and operates a seminary, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Lutheran (STTL), in Yogyakarta. GLI has large congregations on Java and in West Timor, as well as posts in Papua and Kalimantan.
- Christianity in Indonesia
- Religion in Indonesia
- Christianity among the Batak
- Gereja Pantekosta di Indonesia
- Protestantism by country
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Muslim 231.069.932 (86.7), Christian 20.246.267 (7.6), Catholic 8.325.339 (3.12), Hindu 4.646.357 (1.74), Buddhist 2.062.150 (0.77), Confucianism 117091 (0.03), Other 299617 (0.13), Not Stated 139582 (0.06), Not Asked 757118 (0.32), Total 266.534.836
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