A Church of visible integrity transforming the world.
Empowering the people of God and the global community to champion the universal value and practice of integrity.
A person of integrity is moral in character, principled in action, truthful in dealings, and accountable at all times.
Identify and promote good governance and accountability structures.
Pursue and engage in movement of discipleship.
Educate and teach in all spheres of life.
Promote models and best practices of integrity.
History & Introduction
The Global Integrity Network is an issue network of the World Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne on Integrity and Anti-Corruption - which is a response to the Call to Action of The Cape Town Commitment for the church to identify and expose corruption in the church and society and to renounce and repent from this menace in the name and authority of Jesus as Lord.
Our understanding of integrity is wholeness - the entirety of life brought into submission to Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. We see the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world - a call to leave no one and nothing out. The call to personal integrity is about bringing the whole of life into alignment with the person, the teaching, and the example of Jesus Christ. Jesus is Lord of all. There is no sector of society, no corner of creation, no aspect of personal life that Christ does not claim as his. Not finances, not business, not sexuality, not motives. Integrity is about wholeness on the personal level.
That good news includes the whole story of God and his interactions with human race, from creation, to the fall, to redemption, to the final consummation - all centered in the person and work of the promised Messiah, Jesus, who lived a sinless life, who died in voluntary sacrifice for our sins, who was raised triumphantly from the dead, who has ascended to heaven, and from which he will return to establish his eternal kingdom in a transformed heaven and earth. A life of integrity expresses the gospel and prepares the way for the gospel, the good news of grace and truth revealed in Jesus Christ.
The focus on integrity addresses what may be the greatest hindrance to world evangelization; that is, the lack of integrity in the church. If our lives do not express integrity, wholeness, freedom from corruption, if there are inconsistencies and cracks, people will not believe or welcome our message. They will reject the good news as too good to be true, or as obviously not relevant. The stakes are immensely high.
The Global Integrity Network has an opportunity not only to build common ground with those who do not yet believe, and to prepare the way for the proclamation and further demonstration of the gospel, but it also has an opportunity to rally the global church and its leaders, so that the church does not through its hypocrisy and its lack of integrity undermine or undo all that is being done to bear witness the good news of Jesus throughout the world.
Dr. Manfred Kohl, Canada
Bishop Efraim Tendero, Philippines
David Bennett, Lausanne Movement
Dr. Cesar Vicente Punzalan III, Philippines
Dr. Lazarus Phiri, Zambia
Dr. Lloyd Estrada, Philippines