Extracts from the writings of the radical thinker on missionary work, whose ideas have proved hugely influential for the modern approach to mission.
Series: Roland Allen Library
Trade Information: LGENPOD
Available as: Paperback, ePub, Kindle, PDF
Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 224pp
Published: August 2006
Published: May 2012
Published: May 2012
Roland Allen is internationally renowned for his controversial solutions to dilemmas within churches and missions. His works were first written in the first decade of the twentieth century, yet their ideas are so radical that they are still relevant today. Indeed, Allen predicted that his principles would not be broadly accepted until around fifty years after their creation.
This selection of works by this mission pioneer and creative thinker takes extracts from Allen's other writings, which although having potential to be just as influential as those better known, have long been out of print. It is now the present-day reader's chance to investigate the theories within texts such as: Pentecost and the World, Non-Professional Missionaries, Mission Activities Considered in Relation to the Manifestation of the Spirit, St. Paul and the Judaizers: A Dialogue, An Illustration from V.S. Azariah, The Case for Voluntary Clergy and To the Parishioners of Chalfont St. Peter. Throughout all of these writings is Allen's central belief that the Holy Spirit is in the Church everywhere.
This selection of texts makes an ideal accompaniment to Allen's significant works on missionary methods and principles, including Missionary Methods: St Paul's or Ours?, Missionary Principles and The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, all of which have been reprinted by The Lutterworth Press.
Introductory Essay by Lamin Sanneh
Editorial Foreword to the first (1960) edition
1. Pentecost and the World
2. Non-Professional Missionaries
3. Mission Activities Considered in Relation to the Manifestation of the Spirit
4. St Paul and the Judaizers: A Dialog
5. An Illustration from V.S. Azariah
6. The Case for Voluntary Clergy
7. To the Parishioners of Chalfont St Peter
Index of Bible References
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