Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, with more Muslims than in the entire Middle East. Many Muslims live in superstition and fear that is rooted in ancient animistic and cultural beliefs. Their religious practice is often a syncretistic mix of animism and Islam.

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Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, with more Muslims than in the entire Middle East. Many Muslims live in superstition and fear that is rooted in ancient animistic and cultural beliefs. Their religious practice is often a syncretistic mix of animism and Islam.

Since the mid-1960’s, the Indonesia Church Growth Network (ICGN) has worked with Indonesian national churches to reach several of Indonesia’s major unreached people groups. Ministries of ICGN include youth ministries bringing renewal to Indonesian churches, youth ministries for Muslim-background believers, lay training for evangelists and church planters, and multimedia outreach.

One of the major challenges in reaching Indonesia’s Muslims is not theological, but sociological. Believers are viewed as leaving their local culture, and thus often suffer painful ostracism from family, friends, and cultural traditions. Also, church planters’ past experience with Christianity is influenced by the West, including a worship style far removed from their local context. Thus, it is critical to share the Gospel in a way that is both biblical and relevant to their culture.

Although there has been an upsurge in Muslim fundamentalism, local Christian leaders believe that now is the time to reach Indonesia’s unreached people groups.

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Pastors shocked at youth response!

July 6, 2017

“If you died tonight, are you sure you would go to Heaven? If you say, yes, what do you base your certainty on?” These questions were posed to 218 Indonesian…

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Ministry plans key training event

April 27, 2017

The second week of May, Indonesian Church Growth Network will join with others in training 20 or more church planters to become trainers and mentors in our village lay training….

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IOIC-Youth magazine cover

Multimedia outreach

January 27, 2017

Our Christian youth magazine “Gentra” continues to encourage believers and unbelievers alike. Christians loan their copy of Gentra to unbelieving friends and neighbors. This magazine has started receiving Muslim Facebook…

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Miriam’s changed life calms hubby’s anger

December 29, 2016

For years, Miriam*, a 52-year-old elementary school teacher, had closely watched the family of Pastor Ian*, a pastor with Indonesian Church Growth Network. This family seemed different from everyone else…

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IOIC-Flood. Oct 2016

Flash Flood Creates Havoc in Indonesia

November 7, 2016

A few weeks ago, 13 families of believers lost their houses in a flash flood so high that it reached the ceiling. In six houses, window frames and internal walls…

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IOIC Bandung

Near-Death Experience Brings Couple to Lord and to One Another!

September 19, 2016

Winnie’s testimony Before I became a follower of Christ, I was easily angered, was frequently out at night, fought with my parents, and hated to attend the mosque. Through my…

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IOIC-Making the wood cast.

Community Development

August 10, 2016

The water projects and distribution of nutritional supplements at well-baby clinics are running smoothly. As usual, many village children are being helped, and the projects are creating a great impression…

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IOIC Library at Bible School

Church Planter Training

July 10, 2016

We are emphasizing evangelism with all our trainees and alumni. Among our alumni, we are seeing discipleship groups multiplied to the third generation. The main leader is letting local leaders…

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Indonesian Church Growth Network

June 10, 2016

The year 2015 could be called a “year of refreshing.” Under President Jokowidodo, there was less persecution of churches from both Islamic radicals and the government. However, there were new…

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General Ministry Fund - Indonesian Church Growth Network

Multimedia Outreach likely reaching Millions

September 23, 2015

We are seeing tremendous impact from our weekly half-hour Christian TV program. With a potential audience of millions, we know that many Christians and non-Christians alike watch it. We don’t…

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