Gereja Dan Kesejahteraan Warga Dalam Perspektif Ekonomi Kerakyatan (The Church and the Welfare of Congregation in the Perspective of Community Economy)

National Seminar of HKBP's 150 years Jubilee (1861-2011)

10 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013

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Tongam Sihol Nababan

University of HKBP Nommensen, Faculty of Economics

Date Written: April 17, 2011

Abstract

Untuk mengatasi realitas sosial-ekonomi yang merugikan masyarakat, gereja perlu memiliki kepekaan dan komitmen yang kuat untuk mendorong kerjasama antara elemen pemerintah, kekuatan pasar, institusi komunitas untuk memberdayakan masyarakat, terutama masyarakat kecil dan terpinggirkan. Seharusnya gereja terpanggil untuk melibatkan diri secara aktif dalam proses pemberdayaan sosial-ekonomi masyarakat dengan visi membangun jemaat swadaya. Kelompok yang miskin perlu dibangkitkan dan diberdayakan untuk mengusahakan kesejahteraan mereka sendiri melalui usaha-usaha ekonomi kecil dan mikro yang berbasis kerakyatan atau ekonomi kerakyatan.

Oleh karena itu, gereja harus benar-benar memberi perhatian utama kepada rakyat kecil lewat program-program operasional yang nyata dan mampu merangsang kegiatan ekonomi produktif di tingkat jemaat sekaligus memupuk jiwa kewirausahaan. Salah satu wujud tugas Gereja untuk memberdayakan ekonomi berbasis kerakyatan ini adalah merevitalisasi perannya yang lebih berfokus pada optimalisasi kelembagaan ekonomi kerakyatan, terutama dalam hal pembiayaan.

To overcome the socio-economic reality that harm society, the church needs to have a sensitivity and a strong commitment to encourage cooperation between the elements of the government, market forces, community institutions to empower people, especially poor and marginalized communities. The church should be called to involve themselves actively in the process of socio-economic empowerment of the people with the vision to build the congregation self-help. Groups of the poor need to be raised and empowered to pursue their own well-being through the efforts of small and micro economy based on community economy.

Therefore, the church should really give primary attention to the poor people through the real operational programs and can stimulate productive economic activity at the level of the congregation as well as in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit. One manifestation of the Church's duty to empower community-based economy is revitalizing its role to be more focused on the optimization of community economic institutions, particularly in terms of financing.

Note: Downloadable document is in Indonesian.

Keywords: church, congregation, community, empowering, institutions

Suggested Citation

Nababan, Tongam Sihol, Gereja Dan Kesejahteraan Warga Dalam Perspektif Ekonomi Kerakyatan (The Church and the Welfare of Congregation in the Perspective of Community Economy) (April 17, 2011). National Seminar of HKBP's 150 years Jubilee (1861-2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2310489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2310489

Tongam Sihol Nababan (Contact Author)

University of HKBP Nommensen, Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Medan, North Sumatra 20118
Indonesia
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