Integral Mission in South Asia’s context

Integral Mission in South Asia’s context

Preamble

“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 task1”. Read report
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Integral mission in Bonhoeffer

Integral mission in Bonhoeffer

by Michael Phiri, Evangelical Bible College of Malawi - Micah Global: 6th Global Consultation, Lima, Peru 2015

The paper explores how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and writings embody the principle of integral mission. It then endeavours to understand the mission of Evangelical Association of Malawi as integral within the framework of Bonhoeffer’s theology. Evangelical Association of Malawi is an umbrella body of evangelical Churches and organizations in the country. The Association embodies the concepts of religionless Christianity and mature worldliness as well as that of salvation as wholeness. With that understanding, the mission of the Church is not limited to proclamation of the Gospel for salvation of the soul but rather extends to matters of socio-economic and political justice. The Association is credited with equipping the Church for evangelism and Church planting as well as with advocating and fighting for justice in the socio-political sphere. The paper explores integral mission in the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, critically highlights recent interventions of Evangelical Association of Malawi understood within the framework of Bonhoeffer’s theology, and then discusses lessons from the Association regarding the essence and practice of integral mission with the assumption that the lessons could be replicated in other contexts. Read report
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Integral Mission in a World of Violence

Integral Mission in a World of Violence

by Peter Kuzmič

International politics has been preoccupied in the last decade with the task of managing conflict, specifically inter-ethnic conflict. We have recently witnessed violence and brutality in Kosovo and East Timor despite the fact that the international community in these places intervened at an earlier stage than in Rwanda and Bosnia. In 1999 there were 29 inter-ethnic conflicts in the world and there are a dozen places in the world where new ethnic violence could break out. According to the UNHCR between 1991 and 1995 the number of refugees in our world increased from 17 to 27 million. When you talk to refugees you discover what human dramas these people bring. How to manage international and inter-ethnic conflicts will continue to remain a major task of the international community. For the last nine years we in the Balkans have lived on a war-driven roller coaster after the communist ideology was replaced by conflicting nationalistic ideologies. As Leon Trotsky said in a different context: ‘If anyone longs for a quiet lifestyle, they have certainly chosen the wrong epoch to live in.’ As Christians we are asking the question: how is the believing community to respond? Read report
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Integral mission in a World of Conflict and Oppression

Integral mission in a World of Conflict and Oppression

by Shiferaw W. Michael, March 2017

A quote to reflect on

“IN WORKING FOR THE KINGDOM, IS OUR TASK TO RUN AMBULANCE SERVICES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIFF, TREATING THE VICTIMS OF INJUSTICE AND VIOLENCE, OR DO WE ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CHALLENGE THE FORCES THAT PUSH THE INNOCENT OFF THE CLIFF?”

Tom Sine

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Integral Mission, Humility and Lifestyle

Integral Mission, Humility and Lifestyle

A summary by Tim Chester based on a presentation by C B Samuel

The subject of humility might appear out of place in a discussion of integral mission and Christian development. But according to Micah 6:8 walking humbly before the Lord is as much a requirement of God as seeking justice and showing kindness. God repeatedly warns his people against the sin of pride. Humility is close to God’s heart. God esteems those who are humble and brings down the proud.

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

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.

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Integral Mission and its Historical Development

Integral Mission and its Historical Development

by
C. René Padilla

To what extent should the church be concerned for justice in society? Should Christians regard human rights as necessarily included within the sphere of their responsibility? If justice is a Christian concern, how can the church promote it in society? What are the biblical and theological criteria to evaluate the present-day global economic system? How can evangelical agencies best respond to the needs of the poor and oppressed in a globalized world? What are the priorities of international advocacy work from a biblically-shaped perspective? How does action for justice relate to evangelism?

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INTEGRAL MISSION AND VIOLENT CONFLICT

INTEGRAL MISSION AND VIOLENT CONFLIC

by Deborah Storie, Micah Network Global Consultation, Thailand 2006

 Through Christ, God has claimed us as friends and granted us peace. God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

Amen

Mission does not begin when violence ends. Violent conflict is not the exception but the usual context in which the people of God are called, and always have been called, to bless the earth. The question before us, then, is not, Can we do Integral Mission in the midst of violent conflict? But, How do we do it? We are to seek the Kingdom, love our neighbours as ourselves and make friends of enemies, in the middle of threat and anxiety, surrounded by enemies, in all the risk, complexity and uncertainty of here and now. If we are not prepared to do Integral Mission in the midst of violent conflict, we are not prepared to do it at all.

I am not going to explain how to do, or how not to do, Integral Mission in contexts of violent conflict. I can’t do that. I don’t believe anyone can. There are no recipes or best practice templates we can develop and transfer to different contexts.  Integral Mission is always incarnational. It is embodied and organic. Like yeast or a seed, it germinates, grows, tastes and looks different in each place and at each time.

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Integral Mission: Attending to the Unseen

Integral Mission: Attending to the Unseen

by Dr Melba Maggay - 15 January 2013

Many organizations now fly the flag of ‘Integral Mission.’ But very few really know what this means on the ground. Often, ‘wholistic transformation’ is treated programmatically, entrusted to a handful of personnel who are responsible for ‘spiritual’ activities such as evangelism, prayer and worship. The rest of the organization then conducts its microfinance, health, education or income-generating projects in much the same way secular organizations would do so. The two are dichotomized and run on parallel lines that do not quite meet. Read the article
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Integral Mission – Re-founding Our Calling on the Biblical Jesus Christ, Lord of the Sabbath

IntegralMissionRefoundingOurCalling on the Biblical Jesus Christ, Lord of the Sabbath

by Christopher Fung

“Integral mission is the church speaking of and living out its faith in Jesus Christ in an undivided way in every aspect of life.”1 Before this sweeping statement can be effected, the nature and works of Jesus Christ must be known. Though this suggestion would smack of an affront to many theologians since knowing Jesus Christ must have been their very first step to becoming  Christian, just such a challenge was issued by Bishop James Jones of Liverpool in the last Micah Triennial Consultation when he pointed out a gapping hole in our theology of Creation: where does the biblical Jesus come into our creation care teaching after we have quoted from Genesis, Romans and Colossians2? Though his target was specifically creation care, the general tenor of his point applies to whole concept of integral mission. Bishop Jones’ answer was in the Son of Man’s relationship with the earth. Agreeing with him up to the Son of Man point, I take departure from him in understanding the very reason for Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. I will start with a fundamental Bible narrative. Read the article
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