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; The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church all of which have been reprinted by The Lutterworth Press
Roland Allen trained for the ministry at Oxford and became a priest in 1893. Allen's two periods in China, working for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, prompted him to radically re-assess the theology and missionary methods of the Western churches.
Frontispiece; Introductory Essay; Editorial Foreword to first (1960) edition; Biographical Memoir; Pentecost and the World; The Gift of the Holy Spirit; The Holy Spirit Revealed as the Inspirer of Missionary Work; The Revelation of the Spirit as Creating an Internal Necessity for Missionary Work; The Spirit in Revealing the Need of Men; The Administration of the Spirit; The Spirit the Source and Test of New Forms of Ministerial Activity; The Gift of the Spirit the Sole Test of Communion; Conclusion; 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; Principles, not Expediency. The Apostolic Rule of Judgement; The Apostolic Qualification for the Ministry; Vocation; The Meaning and Place of Voluntary Clergy; Why?; Appeals; Desertion Unnecessary; Itinerant Clergy; Lay Readers; Teaching; Domination; The Lesson to be Learnt; To the Parishioners of Chalfont St Peter; Bibliography; Index of Bible References.