Author: Andy Kingston-Smith, Lecturer in Mission, Redcliffe College (ed.)
AKS: Sheryl, what is your role within Micah Network, and what are some of the key purposes and objectives of Micah’s ministry?
SH: As of April 2010, I have been appointed as the International Director of Micah Network.
The underlining verse from the Bible that has guided Micah Network is from Micah 6:8: ‘What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’ The inspiration and overriding focus we draw from this encompasses all aspects of our lives; the being, doing and saying of living out the Gospel; in short, this is called integral mission.
Our mission statement captures the essence of our network objectives; to motivate and equip a global community of Christians to embrace and practice integral mission. Another descriptive term that helps us to understand integral mission is holistic transformation. The objectives of Micah Network encompass all these aspects;
- Do Justice: To stand and speak out for justice and mercy through our commitment to hold all levels and aspects of decision-makers and people in power and/or with authority to account for their responsibilities
- Love Mercy:
i. Relief: life-saving responses
ii. Reconciliation: of us to God, to one another, to creation and to oneself
iii. Restoration: of all things under Christ
iv. Good governance
v. Good practice in meeting real community needs
vi. Social transformation: equality and justice
- Walk humbly: New Kingdom values that Jesus has declared
It is essential that we understand what integral mission is. The Micah Network Declaration of Integral Mission drafted in 2001 unpacks the process in its entirety. As a network we bring like-minded organisations together to fellowship, share experiences and expertise, to enhance capacity and practice, to stand together in solidarity for the issues we believe need to be advocated for and on behalf of, and to forward the centrality of mission.
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