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Dr. Niko Njotorahardjo’s obedience to God leads him to raise up one of the largest congregations in the world.
Contributed by Laksamana Tirtadji Jr.
Dr. Niko Njotorahardjo is senior pastor of GBI Gatot Subroto in Jakarta, Indonesia, which has become one of the largest Church of God congregations in the world. Through his anointing of raising up pastors and leaders for Christ, in the past 20 years the church he has led has grown to include 800 churches, spread across Asia, Europe, and North America, more than 8,000 cell groups and 250,000 members. Apart from being a dynamic and captivating preacher, he has also written many anointed songs that have impacted the lives of thousands.
Thirty months ago, Njotorahardjo was given a two-fold vision: First, to raise up the next generation of leaders, whom he regards as the “Joshua Generation,” to make an impact in culture so they will be placed in positions of authority previously unprecedented in history. Secondly, he began the Healing Movement Ministry with a mission to move in the gifts of healings and miracles. As such, he conducted 130 crusades around Asia and North America and through his ministry; thousands were miraculously healed of their ailments and diseases.
Njotorahardjo began his ministry going around to construction workers and traveled to small villages in east Java. With his guitar, he would worship with them and through this anointing, brought many to Christ. He eventually became the senior pastor of the GBI Gatot Subroto.
Recently, Njotorahardjo’s church completed development of the Sentul International Convention Centre in Sentul City, which is one and a half hours outside Jakarta. It has a pillarless convention hall with a seating capacity of approximately 14,000 people. The spacious auditorium is the venue for church services, and there is also a 12-level prayer tower building. This prayer tower was built with the vision of inter-denominational unity, and may be used by any church to pray. The city is being developed on 110,000 acres of land.
Njotorahardjo is married to Hermien Irawati. Their son Billy is also a pastor of a thriving congregation that is considered one of the fastest-growing in Indonesia today. In two years alone, that congregation grew to 5,000 people.
Even with his many years of successful ministry, Njotorahardjo remains humble and focused on his call. He always says, “I am incapable of anything, but always available, loyal, and obedient to our God.”