Does Integral Mission include everything that God requires of us and does God require of us everything included in Integral Mission?

Does Integral Mission include everything that God requires of us and does God require of us everything included in Integral Mission?

Daniel Hillion  -  SEL France

May  2021

The Micah Network owes its name to the well-known verse from the Old Testament prophet: ‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’

(Micah 6:8) Its fundamental concept is ‘Integral Mission’ whose definition has been given in the Micah Declaration on Integral Mission (2001).

The concept of ‘Integral Mission’ has received widespread acceptance among the Evangelical Christians who are acquainted with it and part of its definition has been included in the Cape Town Commitment, giving it still more weight. Yet one wonders if everybody really gives it the same meaning, despite some common general ideas receiving acceptance, like ‘evangelism and social action belong together’.

The aim of this paper is to discuss the scope of Integral Mission. It seems to me that the expression ‘Integral Mission’ as used by the Micah Network tends to include everything that God requires of us, whereas the term ‘Mission’ has not always had so broad a meaning among Christians. Instead, mission has been viewed as only one of the things (maybe the most important) that God requires of us. 

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Pastor Covid 19

Pastor Covid 19

Dr. Rev. Joseph Nyamutera and Rev. Suzi Harriff

February 2021

This article is the fruit of long days of reflecting on my work as a pastor. I was challenged after listening to the struggles of many faith leaders in my area and abroad. I could not keep cool in my confinement after hearing the comments of members of congregations and those we can call the spectators of the church in this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. I am the kind of person who asked like the prophet Isaiah ‘Lord send me’ (Isaiah 6:8). I was worried that God’s people might come out of this curve without learning and becoming better. Paul talks about some who learn but they do not simply get it (2 Timothy 3:7). In African cultures which are rather oral and communal, most of us are not used to meditation, long times of silence. We do not have journals to record our daily learning, we think it is a waste of good time that should be used in telling stories, singing and laughing with our families and friends. In so denying God the opportunity to speak to us, most of church leaders find themselves stuck in their spiritual journey and start to diminish like a bar of soap. Read more
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