Life as Mission

Rev Dr Spiwo Xapile and Dr Frederick Marais presented their understanding of the biblical mandate for Integral Mission, digging the foundations and beginning to construct a theological framework for Integral Mission within the South African context. 

Integral Mission is…

(Luke 10:1-12 & Phil 1:27-2:11)

1. …the participation in the Missio Dei life of the Trinity…

Mission is not the task of the church, it is an attribute of God

- David Bosch

  • Integral Mission is God’s mission / movement towards the world, we – as Christians – work within a plot, which is His
  • We join what God is doing
  • We are participators
  • It’s about self sacrifice


2. …the public and political interaction with and proclamation of the Kingdom

  • Christians should be involved in the public and politics of their community, city, nation
  • The ecclesia imagined themselves as the city council
  • They were not a congregation but the city and its leaders
  • Integral mission is not about me and my Jesus or private spirituality


3. …extension of the peace and liberation through innovative leadership of voluntary slavery.  The kenotic secret of integral mission that create equal relationships and build a just society

  • Voluntary slavery
  • Kenotic = emptying yourself
  • We are slaves to a slave, i.e. Jesus
  • We’re especially called to those who do not have a voice in society


4.  …is a cultural/social action that brings together intercultural communities of faith

  • Integral Mission means everybody is equal
  • It’s about the death of monoculture, isolated, ethnic churches
  • Integral Mission can only be found in intercultural communities
  • We are called to submit ourselves to the culture that we are called to serve


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Phil Bowyer is one of the founders of Integral Mission and Soul Action South Africa. He creates space for people who are exploring how to respond to various forms of poverty to connect with one another and God's mission. He is the author of several books on Integral Mission, incl. A Different World, Express Community and The Whole Wide World.