The global evangelical missions movement has embraced holism or integral mission as a framework for engaging the nations. Many astute observers maintain that this development indicates that present-day evangelicals are following in the footsteps of ecumenicals and repeating the mistakes of the past. The matter of the relationship between proclamation and social action in the mission of the church must therefore be revisited for the sake of the world. The first installment of this article seeks to highlight why the debate is still necessary, clarify the fundamental differences between prioritism and holism, recount the road to evangelical holism, and address the ways in which holism has reconfigured such concepts as gospel, kingdom, and mission.
Little, C. R. (2016). The Case for Prioritism: Part 1. Great Commission Research Journal, 7(2), 7-30. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol7/iss2/2