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Reform of the Ministry By Edited by David M. Paton

Reform of the Ministry
by Edited by David M. Paton

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A collection of essays by and about the missionary Roland Allen, focusing on his radical critique of the ministry and the inherited Church policy that surrounds it.
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Reform of the Ministry: A Study in the Work of Roland Allen by Edited by David M. Paton

No one was more radically critical of the ministry and the inherited Church policy that surrounds it than Roland Allen (1868-1949), whose prophetic writings constantly challenge the whole mission of the Christian Church, and many of his most important essays are collected here along with contributions about him. After studying at Oxford, his clerical training was in Leeds. He went as a missionary to China for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), where he stayed for twenty years. His experience convinced him that missionary methods needed changing, and that St Paul had more to offer than contemporary practice, and in particular that ministry should be centred in the laity. These ideas, unpopular at the time, have grown in importance, and Roland Allen's influence is now greater than at any time. In this volume, Paton, with the co-operation of Grubb and King, has written on the central concerns of Allen's life and how his witness gave rise to many fruitful enterprises in different parts of the world. Many new writings of Allen's are included in the volume, and Grubb tells the story of the Survey Application Trust which, for over half a century played a formative and pioneering part in the mission of the church. This title adds a lot of new information and throws fresh light on the modern history of many Christian enterprises, and extends current debate over the role of the laity.

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Reform of the Ministry Reviews

"The passion of his writing and the fundamental concerns which he addresses mean there is wealth of relevant and thought-provoking analysis in these highly commendable books." Mission Catalyst, magazine of the BMS World Mission

About Edited by David M. Paton

Rev Dr David M Paton had ten years as a missionary in China before, during, and after the period of Liberation in 1949. He was later Professor of Oral Biology & Bioethics at the University of Alberta, and is a priest in the Diocese of Saskatoon (Canada) Publications: Christian Missions and the Judgement of God, 1953 The Ministry of the Spirit, 1962 New Forms of Ministry, 1965 The missionary church in East and West (Edr with Charles C West), 1959 Breaking Barriers, The Official Report of the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (Edr), 1976 Christianity in Today's China: Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward, 2000

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface Acknowledgement 1. ROLAND ALLEN: a biographical and theological essay by David M. Paton 2. A CHURCH POLICY FOR NORTH CHINA by Roland Allen 3. THE STORY OF THE SURVEY APPLICATION TRUST by Kenneth G. Grubb 4. THE VOLUNTARY CLERGY: (i) Letters from and to Roland Allen (ii) A diary of a visit to South India (iii) A correspondence with the Bishop of Assam 5. LAST YEARS IN EAST AFRICA by Noel Q. King 6. VOCES POPULI DE PARABOLIS CHRISTI: Preface and 'The Good Samaritan' by Roland Allen 7. THE FAMILY RITE by Roland Allen 8. List of publications of the World Dominion Press Index of Names

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Reform of the Ministry: A Study in the Work of Roland Allen by Edited by David M. Paton
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