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ISBN: 9781783680955
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 7
Publication Date: 14/02/2016
Pages: 128
Series: Global Perspectives Series
Language: English

Mission Drift?

The author analyses several aspects that can cause “mission drift” and highlights some of the practical challenges related to combining social action and the proclamation of the gospel to avoid this with respect to the objectives of Christian integral mission. The viability of this new mission concept is tested with special reference to specific microfinance operations as a platform for social action in the Philippines and Thailand.

Author Bios

Oddvar Sten Ronsen

ODDVAR STEN RONSEN is an international consultant in Christian integral mission related to microfinance. He holds an MTh in Theology from London School of Theology, an MSc in Business Studies from Warwick University and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Manchester University. Prior to his theological studies and engagements in Christian mission he held senior management positions in industry, government and financial institutions.


This fine and important study provides readers with a first-class treatment of the role of microfinance in Christian mission. Ronsen is very well placed to write this, as someone with long experience and strong expertise in microfinance. He has given us a thoughtful and engaging book which locates microfinance within a holistic view of Christian mission, rooted in the Lausanne Movement’s concern for integral mission. He also provides two excellent in-depth case studies of the strengths and challenges of Christian microfinance in developing world contexts. This book will inform, engage, provoke and inspire readers: I commend it most warmly.

Steve Walton
Professor of New Testament,
St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Abbreviations
  3. 1 Introduction
  4. 2 A Theological Perspective
    1. 2.1 Brief Background to the Development of the Integral Mission Concept
    2. 2.2 The Process toward a Concept of Integral Mission in Evangelical Theology
    3. 2.3 Issues Related to Proclamation in Integral Mission
    4. 2.4 Some Effects of the Lausanne Process
    5. 2.5 The Need for a Final Clarification of the Integral Mission Concept
    6. 2.6 Conclusion
  5. 3 Microfinance in Christian Mission and Perceived Effects on the Poor
    1. 3.1 Microfinance
    2. 3.2 A Biblical Context for “the Poor” in Microfinance
    3. 3.3 The Nature of Poverty
    4. 3.4 Targeting Material Poverty Reduction in Microfinance
    5. 3.5 Microfinance: Does It Help the Poor?
    6. 3.6 Christian Microfinance
    7. 3.7 Conclusion
  6. 4 The Viability of Microfinance as a Platform for Christian Integral Mission
    1. 4.1 The Philippine Microfinance Industry and the Issue of Mission Drift
    2. 4.2 Thailand and “Step Ahead”
    3. 4.3 Summary of Case Studies
  7. 5 Summary and Conclusions
  8. Bibliography

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