Integral mission and shalom: Scriptural reflection and case study towards an operational model

by
Dr André Jansen, Rehoboth Church Woerden – 2015

What happens when integral mission starts from within the biblical testimony, which presents God as the actual Missionary who sends his church? How can this testimony also provide the key concepts needed, and the operational framework to understand and apply in unique missional contexts? The Bible integrates Word and deeds in its most crucial concepts. A thorough understanding of these concepts unlocks much needed perspectives for integral missions. “Peace” is discussed as one example of such keywords and proves the need for an integral approach in missions. Combining these biblical keywords with the outcomes of an extensive empirical survey leads to the plotting of a framework for integral missions. This paradigm is both biblically grounded as well as practically applicable.