English Speaking Church in Jakarta
Indonesia is one of the world’s great plural societies. Its population of 272 million spans thousands of islands and hundreds of ethnic and religious groups, the local lives of which have been shaped by regional and global dynamics.
The Indonesian constitution recognizes and guarantees religious freedom. The Indonesian government recognizes these six religions for Indonesian citizens: Islam, Christian Protestant, Christian Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucianism
If the religion you practice is one of the above, you would be able legally to join the Indonesian community of followers and worship with them. There may, however, be a language barrier, most of the churches use the national language, Bahasa Indonesia. You may also find differences in the way your religion is practiced within the Indonesian congregation – different from what you are accustomed to in your home country.
So, here are some of our recommendation for English speaking churches in Jakarta.
International English Service
First, we recommend International English Service. It is a part of the Gereja Sidang-Sidang Jemaat Allah di Indonesia (Assemblies of God of Indonesia) and is a part of the worldwide fellowship of Assemblies of God churches with over 63 million members all over the world. The church has been active since 1999. International English Service worship style is contemporary and lively, the worship time features a worship choir and a rotating team of lead worshippers and musical instrumentalists.
Location: The City Center Batavia Tower 1 8th Floor, Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur Kav 126, Jakarta, 10250
Jakarta International Christian Fellowship
Second, we have JICF. It began preaching on August 27, 1995, by volunteers who were members of, and with the support of, Kebayoran Baptist Church in Jakarta, now known as the Jakarta International Baptist Church (JIBC). It is a Bible-based fellowship committed to serving the needs of the English-speaking community in Jakarta. JICF is intended to reach the community, regardless of religious or denominational background, for Christ in Indonesia. So, all are welcome to attend.
Location: Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.58, RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190
Jakarta International Baptist Church
Third, you have Jakarta International Baptist Church or JIBC. It is located in Kemang Raya, has been operating since 1961. All are welcome to our English speaking worship services. You can join for the Sunday Worship at 11.00 am and Sunday Schools start at 9.45 am.
Location: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 7, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
New Wine International Church
Next, we recommend the New Wine International Church. It was founded by their lead pastors, Robert and Lea Sutanto. Together they are dynamic worldwide worshipers and speakers known as ‘Robert & Lea’.
They composed more than 300 worship songs, and their songs have become the foundation of worship of thousands of churches both in Indonesia and all over the world. In 1997 he started Bethany International Church in Los Angeles and mushroomed into 14 churches in the west coast area up to Vancouver, BC Canada when in 2006 he handed them over to the next man.
Together, Robert and Lea serve a growing congregation in Jakarta, Indonesia, and live simply in Jakarta with their three children.
Location: Jl. Letnan Jenderal Soepeno No.34, RT.4/RW.2, Grogol Utara, Kec. Kby. Lama, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12210
The Collective (TC) Jakarta
Fifth, we have The Collective Church. It is a Protestant church catering for members of the English speaking community in Jakarta. It has two churches, in Pantai Indah Kapuk and Pondok Indah. Worships on Sunday are held every 8.30 am, 10 am, 11.30 am and 4 pm.
Location: Jalan Metro Pondok Indah Kav. 1, Menara Citibank 8th floor, RT.3/RW.14, Pondok Pinang, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12310
Jakarta Central Church
Sixth on our list is Jakarta Central Church of Seventh-day Adventist. It is an English speaking congregation in Jakarta, and the church has been active since 2012. The worship services at this church are mixtures of hymns, praise songs, and choruses. The services are held every Saturday at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm. All activities are in English.
Location: Pacific Place Mall, Mediterania Function Hall – Level P1 SCBD, Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 52-53 Jakarta
GSJA International House of Praise Bellagio
As a vibrant church of English speakers in Jakarta, I-Hope is a spiritual home for people from any background and nationality. They focused on helping people of Jakarta to honor and worship God in English. Other than their senior pastor, Rev. HBT Mantiri, they have Rev. Lionel Kwik as a lead pastor. Every Sunday at 10.30 am, there are general services, Sunday school, and teen service.
Location: Bellagio Boutique Mall 3rd fl. JL. Mega Kuningan Barat, Kavling E4/3, 12950, RT.1/RW.2, Kuningan, RT.5/RW.2, Kuningan, East Kuningan, Setia Budi, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12950
Lastly, but, of course, not least, is GBI Fatmawati. Membership at GBI Fatmawati is open to men, women, and children. Although most activities at GBI Fatmawati are held in Indonesian, it also has English service every Sunday. The service at GBI Fatmawati is held every Sunday where there are 5 worship service hours to choose from. Start at 06.30 am, 09.30 am, 11:00 am (English Service), 04.00 pm, and 07.00 pm WIB.
Location: Jl. Fatmawati Raya No.25, RT.1/RW.9, Cilandak Bar., Jakarta Selatan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12410
So, there are 8 churches in Jakarta with English service. But if English is not your mother language, and if you prefer to practice your religion in your native tongue, you will find that religious services in Indonesia, especially Jakarta, are held in Dutch, French, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Tagalog, German, Urdu, Hindi, and other languages.
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