Mission as Transformation: A Theology of the Whole Gospel brings together in one volume twenty-five years of biblical reflection on mission practice with the poor from around the world.
The whole gospel is centered on the rule of Christ over the whole of life. It seeks to impact a community with the values and the spiritual challenges of the kingdom of God. The key to holistic ministry is enabling people to experience Christ's Lordship.
Holistic Mission integrates proclamation, evangelism, church planting and social transformation in a seamless whole of Christian mission. This approach to mission has been adopted since1983 by most evangelical agencies involved in development, and most indigenous mission agencies concerned with transforming the lives of the communities they work with. It also represents the approach of many Pentecostal churches.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This valuable international collection theologically documents an evangelical journey from unbiblical dichotomies, cultural and ecclesiastical provincialism and fragmented understanding of God's purposes for his church and its mission in the world towards a more balanced globally sensitive an biblically fully fledged holistic ministry. Through the authentic and often prophetic voices of its contributors and the recent consensual statements of Two-Thirds World mission theologians, the book explicates the transforming power of the gospel of the kingdom of God as it engages the kingdoms of this world and their multifaceted realities in need of both redemptive actions and transformative processes. It is a 'must read' for all who believe in the Lordship of Christ and are serious in going beyond slogans to the magnetic discovery and credible practice of 'the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.' - Rev. Dr. Peter Kuzmic, President, Evangelical Theological Faculty, Osijek, Croatia and Chairman of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians
"Mission as transformation has been a struggle for evangelicals. Our Two-Thirds World colleagues have patiently assisted many of us to the table. This book provides a gathering place for the seminal papers and discussions that are part of this twenty-five year journey. This volume helps anyone understand how evangelicals, struggling to unite evangelism and social action, found their way to the biblical view of mission in which God calls all human beings to love God and their neighbor, never creating a separation between the two." -Dr. Bryant Myers, Vice-President, World Vision International
Vinay Samuel Chris Sugden
Chris Sugden is the Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream and former Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.