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 HISTORY          

LAMPSTAND is a contextualized strategy which has been developing since the sixties when the modern thrust in Sundanese evangelism and church planting began. It has undergone several major shifts to accommodate the changes in the Church and society since that time. The name relates to Matthew 5:15. Jesus says, “Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”
Part 1- 1969-1982
a. The LAMPSTAND strategy is based on contextualized approaches pioneered in the last century by a number of Dutch and Indonesian Christians. There is little in LAMPSTAND that is new. If it has a genius, one might characterize it as seeking to maximize the success of past ministries while minimizing the failures.
b. The history of the first half of this century reveals only a few examples of successful Sundanese ministry.
c. LAMPSTAND is based on the early recognition that the absence of a contextualized approach is not the only major problem but that the antagonism of cultural leadership prevents the church from existing in Sundanese society even when there is a contextualized approach.
d. Contextualized indigenous leadership was involved from the very outset in the process of developing a Lampstand strategy and they were instrumental in all the evangelism and church growth strategies employed.


e. From 1969, most of the indigenous Indonesian leadership sought to use the Sundanese language, music and arts. There were training programs, and various support ministries providing audio-visuals, literature, medical aid, and community development as well as a network including evangelical churches, evangelists and pastors, schools and parachurch organizations.
Part 2- 1982-90
a. A major transition took place in 1982 when these principles were more fully developed and executed with the express purpose of forming a Sundanese church which modeled a Sundanese style. Up to that time, the contextualized approach of the evangelists and pastors had been severely hampered by accommodation to their ethnic backgrounds and individual churches which were not Sundanese in character.


b. This attempt to form a typically Sundanese church stressed contextualized Sundanese leadership with training and support ministries linked directly to congregations.
c. Every effort was made to use a theology of evangelism and a theology of the Church using Sundanese forms with Christian meanings.
d. Wider support ministries were developed under the auspices of a foundation (yayasan) which could produce audio-visuals and other tools.

While this effort has experienced various shortcomings, its success has been thought sufficient to prove the validity of the approach. This contextualized model was called “Beja Kabungahan“ in Sundanese and, by 1982, the name LAMPSTAND was being used to describe it to the international community. At the present, it has a number of designations, one of which is the “Diamond Model.”