Remember from a few days ago that the subtitle of this book is, “And the Causes Which Hinder It”. It only took a short paragraph in the Introduction for Allen to get to this point, but expands it in much detail later. Here is his initial list of hindrances
“The years that have passed since that early experience, and careful examination of our missionary work in other lands have confirmed the impression [above]. I find that many of our missionaries are inclining to take the same view, and often welcome being reminded. Many are beginning to perceive that we cannot establish a foreign church governed and directed by foreigners, and then at some moment say: "Let us make it indigenous or native by process of down grading." If the church is to be indigenous it must spring up in the soil from the very first seeds planted. One or two little groups of Christians organized as churches, with their leaders, could spread all over an empire. They would be obviously and without question “Native Churches”. If we establish “missions or mission stations” rather than “churches”, two evil consequences occur. Sterility and antagonism. In other words, they are unable to reproduce themselves and they develop opposition toward those who planted in the first place.”
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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