The Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver III, LCMS director of Church Relations, and Darin Storkson, LCMS regional director for Southern Asia and Oceania, recently visited with officials from the Indonesian Lutheran Christian Church (ILCC) to di
Now with some 17,000 members, the ILCC has 90 congregations and 30 pastors, and the church has remained committed to upholding Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, but is now looking to the LCMS for support and "the ability to become more sophisticated and learned theologically," said Storkson.
About nine months ago, the pastors of the ILCC
elected a new leader, Bishop Aladin, and tasked him with implementing reforms that would strengthen the church's confessional stance.
One of those tasks was discussing potential fellowship with the LCMS
"They're taking a huge step," says Storkson
has a great desire, explained Storkson
, to grow theologically, and the church's "pastors are in broad agreement on this point."
also recently approved an ILCC request for assistance to purchase clerical shirts and vestments for all of the ILCC pastors.
The new clericals, albs and stoles will "help the Lutheran pastors to distinguish themselves from the academic gowns worn by most pastors of Reformed churches in Indonesia," noted Storkson
also is planning an Indonesia Lutheran hymnal project within the next few years.
Leaders of the ILCC
and the LCMS
indicate that they look forward to continued conversation and the prospect of altar and pulpit fellowship -- a life together that is expected to strengthen both church bodies and expand the global network of confessional Lutheran churches having doctrinal agreement.
is a church that is basically saying, 'We want to be the confessional Lutheran church of Indonesia,'" said Storkson