Integral Mission Reading List: A Guide to Books, Articles, Journals and Websites


Dewi Hughes


1.1.1 A Definition: What is Integral Mission?

Integral mission “involves saying, doing and being people of the kingdom” (Melba Maggay). It is both speaking the good news of Jesus and living it out through a lifestyle of active service.

The Micah Declaration defined it in the following way:

“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 the integral task”

(From Justice, Mercy and Humility: Integral Mission and the Poor by Tim Chester)