Suffering and Intercession

Pauline Missionary Methods as a Paradigm for the Future of Evangelical Mission


  • Abeneazer Urga


Paul’s proclamation and teaching, his approach to contextualization, his focus on cities, culture influencers, and responsive peoples, his proactive and attentive stance toward mentoring, and his practice of appointing and delegating leaders within new church plants have taken the attention of missiologists and missionaries. The practice of the missionary enterprise and academic research regarding missionary methods, however, have overlooked or paid too little attention to one or both of the most valuable pillars of missionary methods: suffering and intercession. In this article, I survey major works on missionary methods to illustrate the lacuna of these two essential methods in the Christian missionary endeavor, followed by a sketch of possible reasons for their neglect. By a close reading of the epistles to the Philippians and the Colossians, I will argue that suffering and intercession are oftneglected Pauline paradigmatic missionary methods that the Western evangelical missionary enterprise needs to emulate in order to carry out its missionary mandate.