Integral Mission Africa: The Zambian Context
Lawrence Temfwe, Executive Director, Jubilee Centre Zambia - Sept 20th-23rd 2004
INTRODUCTION: INTEGRAL MISSION AND ITS MEANING
All Christians everywhere, whatever their cultural background or theological persuasion must think at some time or other about the relation between the church and the world. We too gather here for the next few days to ponder on the same unavoidable questions that have troubled the Christian conscience in every generation: What should be the church relation to the world? What is the Christian’s responsibility towards the whole non-Christian community? How does evangelism and social involvement relate to one another? In reply to these questions The Micah
Declaration uses the term ‘integral mission’. It defines it as follows:
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 hasevangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Ifwe 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.