Christian Church of Sumba
(Gereja Kristen Sumba, GKS)
The Christian Church of Sumba (GKS) grew out of the missionary work of the former Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (now Protestant Church in the Netherlands). The church became autonomous in 1947. It confesses the Nicean-Constantinopolitan and Apostolic Creeds. The GKS is organized according to the presbyterian-synodal tradition with a synod as the supreme governing body, meeting every four years, and councils of elders in the local congregations. Evangelism is one of the priorities. The church has been growing steadily in the past years. It runs various schools (primary, secondary and higher education), two hospitals and programmes of welfare and development. In all, the GKS employs more than 700 full time workers.