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Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People

Each month, we feature a book from the Lumina College Library handpicked by our librarian. This month's Book of the Month is:

Title: Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People

Publisher: Regnum

Author: Brian Woolnough and Wonsuk Ma


Holistic mission, or integral mission, implies God is concerned with the whole person, the whole community: body, mind and spirit. Many Christians concentrate only on one aspect. This book reaffirms that to be true to the Bible, to follow the example of Jesus, the church must address the whole person in all their needs. It considers the meaning of the holistic gospel, how it has developed, and implications for the individual Christian, for the local church, for denominations and church groups, for missionary societies, for Christian NGOs, and for theological training institutions. To be part of God’s plan for God’s people, the church must take holistic mission to the world.

About the author

Brian E Woolnough is Research Tutor at OCMS and an Emeritus Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford. After a career in education, science education and educational studies, he worked for six years with the international team at Tearfund, and subsequently for six years with OCMS. He has had the privilege of travelling and working with many Christian development workers, largely in Africa and Asia. He has written, researched, and lectured widely around the world on educational and development issues.

Wonsuk Ma grew up in Korea and became a Pentecostal minister. While serving as a missionary in the Philippines, he finished his PhD study (OT) at Fuller. Now he is Executive Director of Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford.


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