Values

Values are fundamental to how we do life, they’re based in, and flow from, who we are.  We’re Christ followers who recognize the importance of justice, equality and peace in living out lives that reflect our faith.  We therefore value the following:

Integrity

High standards of stewardship, simplicity and ethical living are all important to us.  We will encourage everyone we meet, work and serve to apply these values to everything they do, and we will aim to ‘practice what we preach’.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:6-7)

Worship in the power of the Holy Spirit

We believe that everything we do, secretly, personally, locally and globally, is an act of worship to God.  We welcome the guidance, influence and power of the Holy Spirit as we seek to live lives of significance.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. (Acts 1:8)

We believe God loves worshippers, and we recognise how various forms of worship are both pleasing to God, and beneficial to our body, mind and spirit.  Whether its rest, Christian meditation, bible study, friendship, prayer, journaling, contemplative prayer, creativity, giving, time, simplicity, fasting, feasting, obedience, corporate singing, social action, using our gifts or random acts of kindness, God loves them all, and as far as we’re concerned they’ll all worship!

I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  (Matthew 25:37-40)

Radical discipleship 

Jesus commanded us to seek His kingdom.  You can serve the poor without seeking the kingdom, but you cannot seek the kingdom without serving the poor.  Integral Mission is a way to live the radical call to discipleship that starts with ‘seek first the kingdom of God,’ and ends in serving the last, the least and the lost.  We seek God’s kingdom personally, locally, nationally and globally, looking for His words, works and wonders to be powerfully evident in our lives and visible to others.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

The Poor and Marginalised

We value the poorand marginalised, not because of what have or don’t have, but because they are made in the image of God, in the same way that everyone is.  As well as weaknesses, the poor have strengths, knowledge, abilities and resources, in the same way that everyone else does – we should treat them with respect. 

Whilst we welcome welfare activities as one way to serve the poor, we must work with them to empower and enable them to be the architects of their own change rather than imposing solutions upon them. 

 We should continue to remember the poor.  (Galatians 2:10)

The church

We value the church and seek to work with local churches and church groupings.  We see every church, project, or person as equal; we believe everyone has the potential to give and receive.  We do not believe the working with a variety of church traditions should hinder how we seek the kingdom – we recognise that we need one another, and that that is kingdom!  We value the church as the body of Christ on earth. 

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  (1 Corinthians 12:27)

The church addresses poverty best when it works with the poor and other stakeholders, like civil society, government, and the private sector, with mutual respect and recognition of our distinctive roles.

Local, National and Global Networks

We are committed to initiating, embracing, encouraging, and generally getting involved in all kinds of networking opportunities.  Not only does our involvement in Networks grow as personally, but by meeting, learning, and collaborating with specialists in physical, mental, emotional or social development, the people we seek to serve have a greater potential to grow holistically.

Whenever, and wherever we can, we seek to interact, share ideas, money, resources and all sorts of needs – from prayer through to people. 

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.  (John 13:35)

Relationships

We are a network of people trying to make a difference through the relationships we have with one another.  We value empowerment and welcome input and participation from everyone. 

We are not an organization that seeks supporters or followers.  We are looking for people, projects and churches that are making a difference locally, nationally or globally.

Integral Mission South Africa is about releasing and supporting people of faith and vision who will change their worlds as a result of their relationship and love for God and others.

And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  (Micah 6:8)

About the Author

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.