Calvary Ministries - Nigeria is a member of the Micah Network
Below is an extract from the Micah Declaration on Integral Mission(September 2001) which outlines what integral mission is. Over the years since the publication of this Declaration there has been on-going dialogue about what “Proclamation” is, especially within the context of relief and development aid response.
Integral Mission (extract from the Micah Declaration on Integral Mission, September 2001)
Integral mission or holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.
If we ignore the world we betray the word of God, which sends us out to serve the world. If we ignore the word of God we have nothing to bring to the world. Justice and justification by faith, worship and political action, the spiritual and the material, personal change and structural change belong together. As in the life of Jesus, being, doing and saying are at the heart of our integral task.
We call one another back to the centrality of Jesus Christ. His life of sacrificial service is the pattern for Christian discipleship. In his life and through his death Jesus modelled identification with the poor and inclusion of the other. On the cross God shows us how seriously he takes justice, reconciling both rich and poor to himself as he meets the demands of his justice. We serve by the power of the risen Lord through the Spirit as we journey with the poor, finding our hope in the subjection of all things under Christ and the final defeat of evil. We confess that all too often we have failed to live a life worthy of this gospel.
The grace of God is the heartbeat of integral mission. As recipients of undeserved love we are to show grace, generosity and inclusiveness. Grace redefines justice as not merely honouring a contract, but helping the disadvantaged.
What is Integral Mission?
Vinoth Ramachandra explores this question and outlines an integral approach. Read this paper.
Cape Town Confession of Faith
As disciples of Jesus, we are gospel people. The core of our identity is our passion for the biblical good news of the saving work of God through Jesus Christ. We are united by our experience of the grace of God in the gospel and by our motivation to make that gospel of grace known to the ends of the earth by every possible means.
Note: it is by every possible means that many raise the issues of unethical means of evangelism (coercions, manipulation, exploitation, etc.)
The Mission of God (Missio Deo) – to bring all things in heaven and earth into unity under Christ, reconciling them through the blood of his cross. To achieve this mission holistic transformation will need to take place restoring a broken creation into a new creation.
Jesus is Lord:
The Lordship of Christ is both the foundation and the mission of the church. In the so-called “Great Commission” according to Matthew 28:16-20, the charge to “make disciples” is preceded by the affirmation of universal sovereignty by the risen Christ: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” he says. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (vv. 18-19a, italics mine). Because Jesus Christ is the Lord of the whole universe, he must be proclaimed as such among all nations, and in all nations disciples must be made who will confess his name and live in the light of that confession. The compass of this confession of his lordship must match the degree of authority conferred on him by the Father. The christology summarised in the confession “Jesus Christ is Lord” constitutes the basis of an ecclesiology that sees the church as the community that confesses and proclaims Jesus as Lord of the whole of human life and the whole of creation.
Without the proclamation of Jesus as Lord, there is no integral Gospel, and without an integral gospel there can be no integral mission. (Extract from: C. René Padilla, The Local Church, Agent of Transformation: An Ecclesiology for Integral Mission - page26-27)
The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defence of Ethical Proselytizing and Persuasion, Elmer Thiesson explores before a secular and religious audience why proselytism is defensible, he highlights the impact of unethical evangelism on both Christians and the secular or other faith world.
Distinguishing between ethical and unethical proselytising is important in the relief and development sector. Wrestling with proclamation is / looks like in this context will be a helpful exercise that will enrich the up and coming consultation in September 2012 entitled: Integral Mission and the Community: local church, local change, global impact.
Elmer Thiesson will be one of our plenary speakers at this consultation and will help facilitate the pre consultation preparation so as to help draw out the relevant issues and already begin to better to draft a supportive framework for Micah Network to take forward into the consultation and beyond.
The Proclamation forum seeks to explore further what is the relationship between aid and evangelism is? It will discuss core concepts such as ethical evangelism, proclamation of Jesus as Lord, sharing the good news of the gospel, all in various aid contexts.
To unpack the integral mission definition with regards to proclamation and demonstration in a practical and ethical manner so as to enrich and strengthen holistic aid responses
1. Clarity for Global Consultation topic on Proclamation – to help identify the core issues to be discussed
2. Development of a framework or guidelines for members to draw from in their outworking of a holistic transformational approach in their communities
3. Capturing stories / testimonies of practice
4. Identifying barriers and influencers (good and bad) so as to help one another in forward God’s mission
5. Development of a statement to be included in the Consultation outputs on Proclamation