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 that 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 task.
The grace of God is the heartbeat of integral mission. God by his grace has given local churches the task of integral mission the future of integral mission is in planting and enabling churches to transform the communities of which they are part. Churches as caring and inclusive communities are at the heart of what it means to do integral mission.
Wonsuk Ma and Brian Woolnough, eds., Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People (Eugene, OR: Regnum, 2010)