We believe that God created everyone with the potential to grow intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

We acknowledge that, for one reason or another, most people don’t achieve the level of complete wholeness that Jesus did.

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and people. (Luke 2:52)

The good news is that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit go to great lengths for the sake of everyone’s complete wellbeing – yesterday, today and forever.

We believe that first prize for God would be for everyone to know Him to the degree that they trust Him intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially – with everything, in everything, through everything.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Second prize is like the first: that, where there is ‘lack’ in any of the above areas - whether in our own life, or in the lives of others – we would work with God to see the kind of holistic growth that He always had in mind for everyone.

‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:38-39)

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.