An Evaluation of the planting of new Chinese Seventh-day Adventist churches by the Chinese Ministry Center in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2009 to 2012
Unpublished Project (DMin): 332 pages
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Church planting is the fulfillment of the great commission of Jesus Christ. By observing Jesus’ and Paul’s model and through health evangelism, the Chinese Ministry Center in Jakarta (CMC-Jakarta) has been reaching out to the Indonesian Chinese and has established 4 new Chinese SDA churches from 2009 to 2012. This significant increase led this study to evaluate CMC-Jakarta health program. By getting the perceptions of the church members and the church regular visitors, this study determined (a) the principles of church planting in the book of Acts and by the modern church planters; (b) the historical background of the Chinese SDA work in Jakarta; (c) the significant factors used by CMC-Jakarta that have apparently contributed to the planting of 4 Chinese SDA churches for the year 2009 to 2012; (d) importance of the significant factors; (e) effectiveness of the significant factors; (f) other necessary things needed to be considered in preparing the program; and (g) the contextualized program for CMC-Jakarta ministry as a result of its evaluation. The significant factors that have contributed to the success of the ministry have been identified as health message, healthy grocery store, church location, radio and television broadcasting programs, ethnicity, and higher organization. By using descriptive statistics, the overall perceptions of the church members and the church regular visitors on the level of importance and effectiveness of the significant factors were found to be very important and very effective respectively. The respondents believed that Bible study, visitation, sermon, training, book evangelism, wellness center, music, charity clinic, Mandarin service, and promotion should also be considered by CMC-Jakarta. Health message was found to be the most interesting part of the program. They believed that 2 hours was enough for the program and they preferred Bahasa Indonesian to be used in the program. Friends and healthy grocery stores were found to be useful tools to promote CMC-Jakarta. Most of the visitors have been attending the program for less than 1 year and others for 1 to 3 years. Most of the visitors were looking for the application of Bible teaching. In general, the overall result of the evaluation pointed to the development of a more enhanced contextualized program for CMC-Jakarta ministry. The program is aimed to consider more needs of the Chinese to be able to reach out to them and share to them the Gospel. The program is expected to help the churches in District 16 and even Jakarta Local Conference in giving birth to more Chinese SDA churches in Jakarta.
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