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Roland Allen a century on…


In my youth (a long time ago!), my father recommended an already old work to me: Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours by Roland Allen (London, 1912).

As an employee of, and in some capacities a leader within, Chosen People Ministries it would be duplicitous of me to claim that I am not a missionary. Nevertheless, I do not use the term as I do not believe it is appropriate without severe qualification. Fortunately, I have the example of my father who worked with Christian Witness to Israel from the mid-sixties to 1986. He too dislikes and has persistently eschewed the term missionary. The term I prefer and would use is that used by the orthodox community – Shliach (emissary). This is an acceptable translation of apostolos and links us to Rav Shaul and the twelve.

Shaul the Shliach believed that Messiah was able and willing to keep that which he had committed to Him. Is the present day missions movement willing to do that with the Messianic community? Are we ready to let the Spirit guide and lead the Messianic community? As with Shaul, this does not mean to plant communities and just walk away. Shaul planted communities which rapidly became self supporting and self-governing… ah, there’s the ‘rub’ in my opinion. Shaul’s methods do mean to plant, water and nurture Messianic communities that because of their place within the world and church are under pressure at a hundred different levels (no, you don’t want me to enumerate them!).

It is my passion that the missions community should stop making the Jewish Messianic movement towards Messiah Yeshua less than an addendum to its strategy. Rather than an embarrassment to the ‘Jewish Mission’ the Messianic community should be its crown jewel, encouraged and helped but in no way controlled or kept in financial servitude (Messianic Jews are in danger of becoming the ‘rice Christians’ of the Western world). This even involves quietly letting us ‘get on with it’ and not overwhelming our congregations with a preponderance of non-Jewish attendees.

On our part as Messianic Jews, we need to come up with a ‘business model’ that will allow us to employ and send our own shlichim around the Jewish world, men and woment beholden not to church purse strings but to the Spirit of the Almighty.

As a ‘reluctant missionary’ I am extremely grateful for those Christians who support me in reaching my own Jewish people. I thank the Lord for those who, with great vision, commit their Canadian dollars, US dollars and Pounds Sterling to the cause of helping Jews come face to face with the Jew from Nazareth.

Your thoughts and feedback are valuable to me. Please feel free to comment.

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3 Responses

  1. “On our part as Messianic Jews, we need to come up with a ‘business model’ that will allow us to employ and send our own shlichim around the Jewish world, men and woment beholden not to church purse strings but to the Spirit of the Almighty.”

    I think that whatever ‘business model’ there is to be, just as is the case with the mainstream (non-MJ) shlichim, it must also include the active regeneration of “Yiddishkeit” that is more than just veneer deep and the emphasis on the closer ties our fellow Jews (believing or not). I think that the history of missions has taught us that simply teaching Jesus to the Jews is not enough to sustain a distinctly Jewish life and communities.

  2. […] Roland Allen a century on… […]

  3. I am in complete agreement. I am greatly distressed when I seem Jewish people who believe that Yeshua is the Messiah then jump ship and for most intents and purposes leave the Jewish world. This is what happens in 98% of cases in the galut and in Israel even, most Messianic congregations are simply gentile churches with Jewish members talking in Hebrew. As Rabbi Lichtenstein said over a century ago, did G-d intend that the Jewish people should believe in Messiah and then cease to be a people?

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