Book Notice: “Paul’s Missionary Methods”

Several Southeastern faculty members, along with SEBTS PhD student Lizette Beard, have contributed to a recent major publication in the realm of biblical studies and missions. Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours, co-edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry (IVP) commemorates the 100th anniversary of Roland Allen’s landmark, Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours? with 14 essays on the nature of Paul’s ministry and its implications for contemporary mission methods.

Southeastern faculty members make a strong contribution to this important book. Benjamin Merkle (Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek) writes on “Paul’s Ecclesiology.” Chuck Lawless (Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Evangelism and Missions) discusses “Paul and Leadership Development.” Ed Stetzer (Visiting Professor of Missional Research) and Lizette Beard (PhD Student in Applied Theology) contribute “Paul and Church Planting.” Other contributors to the book include experts such as Michael Bird, Eckhard Schnabel, Craig Keener, and David J. Hesselgrave.

Here is the description of Paul’s Missionary Methods from the back cover:

A century ago Roland Allen published Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours?, a missiological classic which tackled many important issues . . . 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 were 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?

So, if you are engaged in teaching, writing, or serving in missions this is a book well worth reading. Pick it up here and dig in.

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