Any who have read this blog for any length of time realize that I have referred to Roland Allen many times. Who is this man? I will give some quotes form an author who knew him well and accurately describes the man and his passion for missions; John E. Branner.
“It is my thesis that his (Allen’s) methodology must not be divorced from his theology; to do so is an affront to the intentions of this man. His theology, particularly the emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit, permeates his methodology and lays an indispensable foundation for it.” (John E. Branner, “Roland Allen: Pioneer in a Spirit-Centered Theology of Mission”, Missiology 5 (1977), 175-176).
There were four components to Allen’s [mission] foundation. The first was Allen’s understanding of “the way of Christ”. The second component was the apostolic approach. He relied mostly on the New Testament for his theology. The third and fourth components were ecclesiology (the Church) and pneumatology (the Holy Spirit).
While it was his Spirit-centered view of mission that resulted in much controversy, it was also this that made his work and writings so powerful – pointing us back to a biblical model. My hope is that you also will appreciate Allen and others who know that our success is in taking seriously the authority and sufficiency of Scripture seriously. There is no other way to success in missions!
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