Theological seminaries can be tough places in Indonesia, especially the ones that allow for 'Western' liberal theology. This hampers any missional zeal to reach those of another religion.?br>We believe the Lord hasn't given up on the mainline churches and we see Him at work in giving to some theological students a passion for front-line mission in the midst of pluralism and inclusivism.
Students whom the Lord has called for cross-cultural work often face adversity from lecturers and church leaders of a liberal persuasion. The subject of 'Theology of Religions' plays a pivotal role in defending or quenching mission among large People Groups that have yet to be reached with the Good News of Jesus.
These seminaries are placed in mega-cities, like Medan and Jakarta. The climate is hot and humid. The air is polluted by vehicles of ALL sizes, often stuck in traffic jams (except for the motor-bikes). But the people are warm and hospitable. These regions have large populations of people that adhere to either Christian or Muslim faiths.
First Responsibility: Learning the Indonesian language to an advanced level in order to be able to lecture. This typically takes at least one year. For those that are not exceptionally fast language learners the preference would be a longer-term commitment.
After one year (or more) of language study:
-Teaching Theology of Religions at one or more seminaries in Indonesia.?br>-Mentoring students who are interested in mission.
-Helping students with their final thesis.
A Masters of Ministry or Masters of Divinity are generally not sufficient anymore. This is not only for visa reasons, but also for the accreditation of the seminary by the Indonesian government. For this, a Ph.D would be best.
Minimum recommended qualification: Master of Theology. Better still would be a Ph.D in Theology of Religions or similar.
Some experience in lecturing will be helpful.
Most likely you can find a comfortable house (with Air-conditioning) in a quiet area not far from the seminary and hire a househelper.
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