A classic critique of conventional missionary principles that remains highly relevant for those involved in the Church's mission today.
Series: Roland Allen Library
Trade Information: LGENPOD
Available as: Paperback, ePub, Kindle, PDF
Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 108pp
Published: August 2006
Published: May 2012
Published: May 2012
First published in 1913, Missionary Principles is a classic textbook by genre, but in its controversial evaluation of the Church's missionary theories, it is by no means wholly traditional. At the centre of this discursive study, Allen asserts the distinction which needs to be made in missionary aims between the extension of the Church and the preaching of Jesus Christ.
The book is divided into four major chapters, entitled: The Impulse, The Hope, The Means and The Reaction. The impulse, hope and means of missionary work can all be embodied by Jesus Christ, who is viewed as the source, the end and the worker. It is always with this objective in mind that Allen guides the reader through Christ's wishes as to how the Word should be spread. In the final chapter, Allen examines the results of believing in the Holy Spirit's inspiration and the effects this has on the missionary's understanding of moral purpose and motive of missions, both at home and overseas.
It is not the same thing to seek the manifestation of Christ in the growth of the Church, and ... the effect of that upon all missionary work is most profound. From Chapter Two: The Hope
Foreword by Brian Stanley
1. The Impulse
2. The Hope
3. The Meaning
4. The Reaction
Roland Allen trained for the ministry at Oxford and became a priest in 1893. As a missionary in North China, he worked for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and also in collaboration with the founders of World Dominion. His experiences in China prompted him to radically re-assess the theology and missionary methods of the Western churches. He retired to Africa, where he died in Kenya in 1947.
His published works enjoyed immense success during his lifetime, and are still highly influential today.
The passion of his writing and the fundamental concerns which he addresses mean there is wealth of relevant and thought-provoking analysis in these highly commendable books. Mission Catalyst, magazine of the BMS World Mission