New Book Missionary Methods 4

EMS21_Cover web I wanted to share with you a book that was just released a few weeks ago.  Craig Ott and I co-edited Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (William Carey Library) as a part of the Evangelical Missiological Society Series.

2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of Roland Allen’s classic, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?.  It was in light of this historic moment that the Evangelical Missiological Society selected “missionary methods” as the theme for last year’s meeting.  This book includes presentations made during that gathering.  The chapters that comprise this book address theological foundations, historical matters, and practical issues related to missionary methods.  The following is a look at the table of contents:

Introduction: “Methodological Stewardship: Always Evaluating, Always Adjusting” by J. D. Payne

PART I – Biblical Understandings of Missionary Methods
Chapter 1: “Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s, St. Roland’s, or Ours?” by Robert L. Gallagher
Chapter 2: “Roland Allen’s Understanding of the Spirit’s Centrality in Mission” by Rob S. Hughes
Chapter 3: “Reassessing John Stott’s, David Hesselgrave’s, and Andreas Köstenberger’s Views of the Incarnational Model” by John Cheong

PART II – Praxis and Case Studies of Missionary Methods
Chapter 4: “From Roland Allen to Rick Warren: Sources of Inspiration Guiding North American Evangelical Missions Methodology 1912–2012” by Gary R. Corwin
Chapter 5: “A Prolegomena to Contextualized Preaching Concerning the Wrath of God and the Judgment of Man: What Did Roland Allen Know that We Sometimes Forget and at Other Times Never Learn?” by David J. Hesselgrave
Chapter 6: “The Rise of Orality in Modern Missions Practice” by Anthony Casey
Chapter 7: “Missionaries in Our Own Backyard: The Canadian Context” by Joel Thiessen
Chapter 8: “Islands of the Gods: Productive and Unproductive Missionary Methods in Animistic Societies—Roland Allen’s Examination of Saint Paul’s Use of Miracles” by Robert H. Bennett
Chapter 9: “Leaders Reproducing Churches: Research from Japan” by John W. Mehn
Chapter 10: “Paul’s or Theirs?—A Case Analysis of Missionary Methods among Muslims of the Philippines” by Mark S. Williams

Conclusion: “Missionary Methods: The Questions that Still Dog Us” by Craig Ott

I certainly hope that you will check out this new book. I have been told that the electronic version will be released shortly.

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4 thoughts on “New Book Missionary Methods

  • Joshua Lee Henry

    Thanks for sharing JD! How does this new book differ from the book released last November of which you also contributed to in honor of Roland Allen, “Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours by Plummer, Robert L. and Terry, John Mark”?

  • JD Post author

    Rob and Mark’s book is comprised of, from what I can tell, a balance between New Testament scholars and missiologists. Ours mainly consists of missiologists, for the chapters were papers presented at the annual Evangelical Missiological Society.

  • Jeff Minard

    This is a very good book – JD and Craig brought together a great compilation of commentaries on methods in mission, as a reflection of the EMS national conference on Roland Allen in 2012 (century after his own book). It is available on Amazon in Kindle format also.