Original Research: Historical Thought and Source Interpretation

The concept of an integral mission as the Evangelical proposal of a systematic social teaching

Piotr Kopiec
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 80, No 1 | a9500 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v80i1.9500 | © 2024 Piotr Kopiec | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 October 2023 | Published: 29 June 2024

About the author(s)

Piotr Kopiec, Department of Protestant Theology, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland; and, Department of New Testament Studies and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


The global expansion of Evangelicalism raises essential questions about inculturation, social involvement and contextualising the Evangelical mission. The concept of an integral mission is an answer to these issues. However, when viewed from a non-Evangelical perspective, it is also an illustration of the dynamic changes that occurred in the Evangelical communities and of convergences with other Christian traditions or denominations. The article aims to present the concept’s significance and consider its contextualisation. Finally, it asks whether it could be explained in terms of an Evangelical answer for the growing need for theology in concert with the local and cultural contexts.

Contribution: The concept of an integral mission contributes to the theological debate on mission and the meaning of Christian social involvement. The research addresses the focus and scope of the journal of the promotion of multidisciplinary aspects of studies in theology.


integral mission; transcultural mission; Lausanne movement; Evangelicalism; ecumenism; social involvement

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions


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