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The Ministry of the Spirit


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Table of Contents

Frontispiece; Introductory Essay; Editorial Foreword to first (1960) edition; Biographical Memoir; Pentecost and the World; The Gift of the Holy Spirit; The Holy Spirit Revealed as the Inspirer of Missionary Work; The Revelation of the Spirit as Creating an Internal Necessity for Missionary Work; The Spirit in Revealing the Need of Men; The Administration of the Spirit; The Spirit the Source and Test of New Forms of Ministerial Activity; The Gift of the Spirit the Sole Test of Communion; Conclusion; Non-Professional Missionaries; Mission Activities considered in relation to the manifestation of the spirit; St Paul and the Judaizers: A Dialogue; An Illustration from V.S. Azariah; The Case for Voluntary Clergy; Principles, not Expediency. The Apostolic Rule of Judgement; The Apostolic Qualification for the Ministry; Vocation; The Meaning and Place of Voluntary Clergy; Why?; Appeals; Desertion Unnecessary; Itinerant Clergy; Lay Readers; Teaching; Domination; The Lesson to be Learnt; To the Parishioners of Chalfont St Peter; Bibliography; Index of Bible References.

About the Author

Roland Allen trained for the ministry at Oxford and became a priest in 1893. As a missionary in North China, he worked for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and also in collaboration with the founders of World Dominion. His experiences in China prompted him to radically re-assess the theology and missionary methods of the Western churches. He retired to Africa, where he died in Kenya in 1947. His published works enjoyed immense success during his lifetime, and are still highly influential today.


"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

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