Welcome to Kuta International Christian Church
Our purpose is to create a cross-cultural, caring Christian Community that will provide opportunities for worship, education and fellowship that is enriched by Indonesian and International Arts
A visionary Balinese pastor (and now retired Bishop) of the Gereja Kristen Protestan di Bali (GKPB) or ‘Protestant Christian Church of Bali’ foresaw the need to reach out to the many English speaking tourists who were beginning to flock to Bali back in the early 1970’s, particularly from Australia. In 1972, being the only English speaking pastor amongst his Balinese peers, he established an English speaking service in a hotel in Sanur. In 1992 the GKPB leadership under Bishop Mastra’s guidance decided to start an English speaking worship service at one of its churches in Legian, just north of Kuta.
The small congregation became known as the ‘English Worship Service’ (EWS) and was a sister congregation of the Balinese ‘Philadelphia’ congregation and used the ‘Philadelphia’ church facilities. In September 2010 the EWS was given autonomy and became Kuta International Christian Church (KICC) but continued to share the church facilities of the Philadelphia congregation.
Almost since the inception of the EWS, the English speaking church has relied on itinerant, native English speaking pastors, arranged through the ViM (Volunteers in Mission) program. These have been mainly retired pastors from America, Canada and Australia.
The problem for the small church has always been one of consistency and continuity of theology, pastorship and vision. In many ways the church has been blessed by this itinerant ministry, however it has also thrown up many challenges, and as a consequence the church has struggled to grow spiritually and numerically.
In 2012 the KICC council decided to start praying and looking for a permanent native English speaking pastor. We have had some success and been blessed in many ways and there has been growth in some aspects of the church. Numbers have also increased so that an average congregation size is from 70 people and up. The greatest blessing without question has been the increase in the number of baptisms since that decision was taken. However, we are again without a permanent pastor.
So the challenge remains in finding and supporting a permanent pastor. The two main issues are the ability of the church to financially support a ‘western’ pastor, and secondly the political situation where the Indonesian government is making it very difficult for Christian ministers applying for long term visa’s.
This document has been created as part of our ongoing prayerful search for stable spiritual leadership.
For a more detailed history refer to the Appendix: ‘The Mango Tree Church’
11.00am every Sunday
11.00am every Sunday
7.00pm every Tuesday
Prayer & Worship
7pm every Friday
Our congregation is made up of a core group of expatriate westerners and English speaking Indonesians. The ‘local’ members are nearly all from islands in Indonesia other than Bali, so there is a diverse mix of ‘church’ and ethnic cultures even amongst the Indonesians. Our congregation in general is constantly on the move and to add to the mix every Sunday a varying but significant number of transient tourists from all over the world attend our service. Read More..