Integral Mission...

...can be defined as the task of bringing the whole of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ,and includes the affirmation that there is no biblical dichotomy between evangelistic and social responsibility.

It was further defined at the 2001 meeting of the Micah Network in Oxford as ‘the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel’, emphasizing that it is not simply the issue of evangelism and social involvement being done alongside each other but rather that ‘our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life’ and that ‘our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ’.

The mission of God is ‘to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven’ (Col 1:20), and our part is crossing geographic, cultural, politic, economic, and social barriers ‘with the intention of transforming human life in all its dimensions, according to God’s purpose, and of enabling human beings to enjoy the abundant life that God wants to give to them and that Jesus Christ came to share with them’.

Thus issues of community development and health, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), relief, and food security figure prominently in the sphere of integral mission.

Theologically understood, integral mission is a concern for every issue network that is part of the Lausanne Movement.

Information adapted from www.lausanne.org. For more information on integral mission from the Lausanne Movement, click here.