Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s and Ours made a lasting impact on the missiological principles of the second half of the twentieth century. There were numerous missionaries – including both Protestants and Roman Catholics – who attempted to apply Allen’s ideas in their missionary works, and countless missiologists who used these ideas for further studies and discussions of relevant missionary methods.
Allen investigates the causes of Paul’s apparent success in preaching the gospel and planting churches. He examines the antecedent conditions, Paul’s presentation of the gospel, his teaching of converts, and his methods of dealing with organized churches.
While presenting Paul’s methods, Allen is highly critical of the Western missionary methods of his time, and makes constant appeals to his contemporary missionaries and mission agencies to re-examine their policies in the light of the New Testament evidence.
It is probably because some of the criticised methods still persist in our Western missionary methods today that Allen’s book has an increasing popularity since the 1960s.
Truth is timeless – The fact this book was written in 1927 but is applicable to our times is evidence of the Truth it holds. It is not an easy read. It provokes much thought and reflection.