About International Christian Assembly (ICA) Surabaya
ICA Surabaya is an Assemblies of God church and one part of a network of international churches all across Indonesia and other countries such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Cambodia, Russia, and several locations across Japan. ICA is an integral part of the Assemblies of God of Indonesia and a member of the East Java district of the Assemblies of God churches, known in Indonesia as "Gereja Sidang-Sidang Jemaat Allah" (GSSJA). Legally, ICA is a branch church of GSJA Ebenhaezer located at Jl. Ambengan No. 2, Surabaya
ICA Surabaya is a mission focused church that has built an increasingly robust missions program. Here are a few :
- - ICA Surabaya works with at risk inner city youth and children: a weekly feeding program, established an English center, weekly children’s outreach, and a Youth Development program. In 2017 we finally has a Community Leadership Center to help our Social Ministry program to reach out more communities in Surabaya
- - We have sent numerous church planting teams into a large unreached people groups in Indonesia to plant churches.
- - Building church buildings for Indonesian Assemblies of God congregations across Indonesia at a rate of 7 buildings per year. This provides some of our best ministry opportunities for men in our congregation.
Historically, ICA was founded in 1996 by Jeff and Liz Hartensveld after moving to Surabaya from Malang, where they taught church planting and child evangelism. The church then grows in attendance to over 1.000 people and maintains a strong missions focus. Ministries of the church include outreaches at a garbage dump, cemeteries, and an orphanage. In 2012, after 23 years in Indonesia, Jeff was named director of AGWM Mobilization and is responsible for assisting missionaries in raising their budgets and helping them reach the fields of their calling.
In 2017, ICA Surabaya congregation is 87% Indonesian and 13% international. It is an Indonesian Assemblies of God church that has services in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. Most internationals in Surabaya are here for business or as educators. Many of the Indonesians at ICA Surabaya are global citizens; having lived or attended school outside of Indonesia. Currently, ICA is led by pastor John and Korie Taylor as we continue to reach our goal of 2.000 people worshipping Jesus together in ICA by 2020.
In working with and for our community,
we believe in the following
We recognize that everyone are on a spiritual journey that takes an individual from non-belief to mature faith. We respect wherever you are at in that process and know that God is working in you at every step of your spiritual journey. We value what is going on in the inside more than the outside. We believe spiritual maturity is a lifelong process of experiencing more and more of God through His Word, His Spirit, and his people (the Church).
Trusting relationships at church begins with trusting God. We will always endeavor to have trusting relationships with our families, our fellow worshipers, and our pastoral team.
Trusting relationships means being a trustworthy church, practicing transparency in our decisions, in our devotion to God, in being responsible with what we have, in speaking the truth, and that leaders wield power and influence in a responsible manner.
We value the lost (non-believers) more than the found in how we do our outreaches, both to congregants and in outreaches to the community. This was clearly the mission of Christ; to “seek and save those who are lost.” We believe this mission statement should shape what we think and what we do.
We value the ministry of every believer.
It is essential that every believer be involved in Ministry or service. Often the measure of a church in the eyes of people is based upon the question 'Is the church doing anything?'. We value those who work hard for His Kingdom.