Before our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, He delivered two last commands to His disciples and His church today:
First: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28: 18-20
Second: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”-Acts 1: 8
We believe with all our hearts that the above verses are a very important and positive mandate of God to the Church of God. And we are fully aware that if this serious mandate is not responded to and responded to seriously it will inevitably bring serious consequences, for which the Church of God is called to account.
In order to realize the above ideals and responsibilities, on November 11, 1997, we, the leaders of the Chinese Churches in Jakarta, held a joint meeting and agreed to combine several existing Ministries and Fellowships into one new forum, which is called The Indonesian Evangelical Church Service Center (PPGII), which was later inaugurated on August 29, 1998. So historically, PPGII is a combination of:
With the spirit of unity and unity in good cooperation as well as the dynamics of real service activities in Jakarta and in the regions, then service branches were established in various regions in Indonesia, namely:
In the rapid growth and development in less than 10 years, accompanied by a heart in working together and a good sense of brotherhood, through struggles and prayers and prolonged discussions, then received recommendations from several churches and synods, we finally decided to upgrade the status of PPGII’s ministry to an ecclesiastical institution, with the hope that it could become a forum for unity and co-operation with the Chinese Churches throughout Indonesia.
Subsequently, on 27 February 2007, in the PPGII annual meeting which was attended by members of the PPGII Planning and Strategy Council along with all PPGII Regional delegates, it was agreed and decided to upgrade the Indonesian Evangelical Churches Service Center (PPGII) to become a PERSEKUTUAN GEREJA-GEREJA TIONGHOA DI INDONESIA (PGTI), in Chinese: YIN NI HUA REN JI DU JIAO HUI LIAN HUI, abbreviated: YIN HUA JI LIAN, in English COMMUNION OF CHINESE CHURCHES IN INDONESIA, abbreviated COCCI.
With recommendations from 10 churches and synods, the establishment of this PGTI has been registered and has received recognition from the Director General of Christian Community Guidance, Ministry of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia through Decree Number: DJ.III/Kep/HK.005/225/3909/2007 dated August 1 2007 concerning the Registration of the Communion of Chinese Churches in Indonesia (PGTI).
Realizing that there are many Chinese churches in Indonesia that have been formed long before the Proclamation of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia on August 17, 1945, and have opened themselves to serve every soul who comes before God regardless of origin or ethnicity, the existence of Chinese churches in Indonesia is integrated and blend in with the life of the nation and state in Indonesia. The various synods of the Chinese Church in Indonesia have been placed by God to serve the archipelago from Sabang to Merauke, even in its development there are many Synods that have served various groups of congregations, not only Chinese citizens.
Therefore, PGTI as a cooperative body of Chinese Churches recognized by the Government invites Chinese Churches to further strengthen unity and cooperation in serving the Indonesian nation and state. The diversity of the congregations who are members of the Chinese Church shows that in fact Chinese churches are ready to serve various groups in society in a wider scope, namely helping to alleviate underdevelopment, poverty and misery in the interior, underdeveloped areas and areas of need. -disaster-stricken areas across the archipelago.
The existence of joint services in one large and directed container will further strengthen the network of cooperation between Chinese churches that have been formed so far, further increase openness, help and strengthen each other, and become increasingly aware that there is one vision and field of service within the national scope. and a much larger region that needs to be worked on together. For this reason, PGTI membership is not limited to traditional Chinese churches but also Chinese churches that have grown to serve various groups, with one realization that Christ has given each part to each of His congregations, and harmonious cooperation between each of them. -every part in this one unitary body of Christ can do a great work for the glory of God’s Name.
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