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Click here for a copy: Missionary Methods: ST. Paul’s or Ours?

This study of Paul’s missionary work focuses not on the apostle’s doctrine or character but on the method by which he accomplished his task. Throughout, Allen compares Paul’s methods to modern missionary methods; he concludes by suggesting some ways the apostolic method might be usefully employed today.

Product DescriptionMissionary Methods

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.


Click here for a copy: The Training of the Twelve

This book is a classic study of Jesus’ teaching and training of his disciples (first published in 1871).  It is a very valuable study for any Christian who serves in any form of leadership capacity or anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The book’s 31 chapters give an absorbing commentary on selected passages of the four Gospels, following in chronological order Jesus’ ministry and teaching among his disciples. The writing style will take a bit of getting used to for the average modern reader, but it’s well worth the effort.The Training Of The Twelve By A. B. Bruce

A Review By Robert A. Weber:
After the Bible, The Training of the Twelve has been one of the most influential books in my development as a Christian. Using a loose “harmony of the Gospel” approach, Bruce uses all four gospel narratives to show how Jesus discipled His disciples. The book’s greatest strength is that it is NOT a how-to book on discipleship or a 12-step program for leadership development. Instead, Bruce exegetes the passages showing what Jesus was doing with his disciples and leaves contemporary application to the reader.
Written in the late 1800’s, Bruce’s use of the English language is outstanding…I find myself rereading it almost every other year. The first few times I read it as a disciple – what did Jesus want me to learn as His follower? Then I began to read it as a discipler – how can I be more effective in the process of making disciples? Now I also use it as a parent – how can I shepherd my lambs the way Jesus shepherded His?
Transcending cultures, I have had the privilege of using this book to train small group leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Theologically sound, biblically true, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples.