The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And the Causes Which Hinder It
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Publisher: Jawbone Digital
Publication Year: 2011
ISBN: 198510315X

Roland Allen (1868–1947) was a British missionary who has written some of the most straight-forward works on missions available. These are not books written by an executive in a home office, but by a man who spent the majority of his life in the mission field.

As time progressed, Allen became somewhat disenfranchised with the established church, seeing a division between the formality of religion and the power of God.

Throughout his travels, Allen spent time ministering in China, India, Canada, and East Africa. He died while serving in Nairobi, Kenya, which is where he is buried. He was 78 years old. His work wasn’t well received until years after his death, but since then, his books have been considered some of the most revolutionary written on the subject of missions.

Some of what he taught that seemed counterintuitive at the time include the ideas that missionaries should be self-sustaining (like Paul, who made tents), should adapt their methods to local customs, and train locals to take over the mission work.

The Table of Contents are as follow:

The Nature and Character of Spontaneous Expansion
Modern Movements Towards Liberty
Fear for the Doctrine
The Christian Standard of Morals
Civilization and Enlightenment
Missionary Organization
Ecclesiastical Organization
The Way of Spontaneous Expansion

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About the Book

Rolland Allen (1868–1947) was an Anglican missionary in North China who worked with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Later he worked for a number of years in collaboration with the founders of World Dominion and the Survey Application Trust, and finally retired to Kenya, Africa.

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