Paul's Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours, Edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry

Paul's Missionary Methods

In His Time and Ours

Edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry

Paul's Missionary Methods
  • Length: 253 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: November 19, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 5707
  • ISBN: 9780830857074

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What does Paul's missions strategy mean for today?

A century ago Roland Allen published Missionary Methods: Saint Paul's or Ours?, a missiological classic which tackled many important issues, including what biblically rooted missions looks like in light of the apostle Paul's evangelistic efforts. Although Allen's work is still valuable, new understandings have been gained regarding Paul's milieu and missionary activity, and how his practices ought to inform missions in our ever-changing world.

Using the centennial anniversary of Allen's work as a springboard for celebration and reflection, the contributors to Paul's Missionary Methods have revisited Paul's first-century missionary methods and their applicability today. This book examines Paul's missionary efforts in two parts. First Paul is examined in his first-century context: what was his environment, missions strategy and teaching on particular issues? The second part addresses the implications of Paul's example for missions today: is Paul's model still relevant, and if so, what would it look like in modern contexts?

Experts in New Testament studies and missiology contribute fresh, key insights from their fields, analyzing Paul's missionary methods in his time and pointing the way forward in ours.

Contributors include

  • Michael F. Bird
  • Eckhard J. Schnabel
  • Benjamin L. Merkle
  • Christoph W. Stenschke
  • Don N. Howell Jr.
  • Craig Keener
  • David J. Hesselgrave
  • Michael Pocock
  • Ed Stetzer
  • M. David Sills
  • Chuck Lawless
  • J. D. Payne

"This book is a fresh reminder of Paul's theology and practice of church multiplication. Here you will find solid biblical scholarship integrated with grounded reflection on missions."

Daniel Montgomery, lead pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky

"This book stands tall in the forest of studies on Paul's missionary methods. Utilizing the significant contributions of widely respected missiologists, the editors have managed to focus on timeless issues while providing thought-provoking application for today. This will be a must-read for the thoughtful missionary and serious student alike."

Tom Elliff, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

"Plummer and Terry clothe the skeleton of the broad subject of missions with deep insights, encouragement and reminders within the framework of a healthy review of contributors from relevant mission experience and history. Any mission student, missionary, pastor, missions committee member or short-termer will gain by reading this biblically centered book with insight from some of the best mission minds of the centuries."

Bob Stevens, former Southeastern Regional Director, U. S. Center for World Missions, and instructor, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

"Paul said, 'Be imitators of me as I am of Christ.' This volume not only examines important issues associated with the apostle's ministry; it offers readers the requisite vision for pursuing Christ's mission in the first place."

Chris Castaldo, director of the Ministry of Gospel Renewal, the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College

"The editors of this book have combined biblical and missiological scholarship that further enhances the relevance of Roland Allen's piece Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?, while also moving us beyond it to the challenges of a new century. Perhaps the most salient insight rendered is the reminder that each generation should avoid simple replication of the methods Allen assessed but should resubmit to the call to ascertain whether or how our missionary actions reflect biblical patterns and then take corrective measures where needed. Correction entails constructive self-study, which is always an emotive challenge. Missionaries, globally engaged pastors, students and mission administrators should read this, mark it up, think through its implications, and do the hard work of analysis for our time."

Dr. Keith Eitel, dean of the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

"It is recommended for scholars, pastors, students, and the untrained who are interested in this area and who desire a current scholarly, yet readable and understandable, approach that emphasizes demonstrating the gospel in every situation."

James M. Howard, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 2013

"Overall, this is a very helpful book. As I have recommended Missionary Methods to hundreds of aspiring missionaries and mission leaders, I will now also recommend Paul's Missionary Methods as a companion volume."

Don Dent, Themelios, Vol. 38, Issue 2, August 2013

"This text . . . is well worth reading from a general interest in mission and in Biblical studies and is likely to be one of the key contemporary books on Paul for the next number of years."

Stephen Skuce, METConnection, Autumn 2013

"This book makes a significant contribution to the literature both as a marker to Allen's visionary work and as a model to evaluate current strategic concerns."

Jon E. Smith, Review and Expositor, August 2015


Part One: Paul in the New Testament
1. Paul's Religious and Historical Milieu
Michael F. Bird
2. Paul the Missionary
Eckhard J. Schnabel
3. Paul's Gospel
Robert L. Plummer
4. Paul's Ecclesiology
Benjamin L. Merkle
5. Paul's Mission as the Mission of the Church
Christoph W. Stenschke
6. Paul's Theology of Suffering
Don N. Howell Jr.
7. Paul and Spiritual Warfare
Craig Keener
Part Two: Paul's Influence on Missions
8. Paul's Missions Strategy
David J. Hesselgrave
9. Paul's Strategy: Determinative for Today?
Michael Pocock
10. Paul and Indigenous Missions
John Mark Terry
11. Paul and Church Planting
Ed Stetzer with Lizette Beard
12. Paul and Contextualization
M. David Sills
13. Paul and Leadership Development
Chuck Lawless
14. Roland Allen?s Missionary Methods at One Hundred
J. D. Payne
List of Contributors
Scripture Index


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