Missionary Methods: St. Paul's Or Ours?
We are talking today of indigenous churches. St. Paul's churches were indigenous churches in the proper sense of the word; and I believe that the secret of their foundation lay in his recognition of the church as a local church (as opposed to our "national churches") and in his profound belief and trust in the Holy Spirit indwelling his converts and the churches of which they were members, which enabled him to establish them at once with full authority. - Author's preface to the second (1927) edition.
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This book was extremely helpful to me as a missionary. I saw firsthand the principles of which Mr. Allen wrote. We saw how missions money controlled by the sending country actually tends to restrict spiritual growth and produce a type of slavery. I highly recommend it, even though it may be quite dry and seem outdated here and there. I also recommend going on to another of his books, The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: and the Causes Which Hinder It.
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A must read for all missionaries. A classic work that continues to be accurate and necessary. Read full review
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