Alice E. Luce (1873-1955), a British-born Anglican missionary, learned of the emerging Pentecostal movement when she was engaged in ministry in India. After hearing about two women in India who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, she visited them in order to learn more. Luce became convinced that their experience was biblical and was likewise Spirit-baptized in about 1910. Luce identified with the Pentecostal movement and, in 1915, she transferred her ordination to the Assemblies of God.
Luce became the most prominent missiologist (theologian of missions) in the Assemblies of God in its early decades. Luce authored a series of three articles, titled "Paul's Missionary Methods," published in the Pentecostal Evangel in 1921. In these articles, Luce endeavored to show that the Apostle Paul taught that missionaries should aim to build indigenous churches. Importantly, this indigenous church principle differed from the majority of mainline Christian missions agencies, which equated Westernization with Christianization. Paul, according to Luce, preached Christ, not culture.
The editor commended Luce's articles to readers, "written by an experienced missionary with the express purpose of helping our Pentecostal missionaries to get a clear vision of Paul's methods of evangelization." Paul's methods furthermore were applicable not just overseas, but also "to every town and community and district in the homeland." The editor also affirmed the centrality of missions in the young Pentecostal movement: "The Pentecostal people are peculiarly missionary, and the growth of the Pentecostal movement is due largely to this missionary spirit."
Read the second in the series of three articles by Alice E. Luce, "Paul's Missionary Methods," on pages 6 and 11 of the January 22, 1921, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
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