Early in his ministry in Central America, Hodges became firmly convinced that training national workers was the key to effecively evangelizing any country. The Central American church experienced rapid growth in the early 1950s. In 1953, Hodges was asked to expound on the church planting principles used, so he wrote The Indigenous Church. This volume combines Hodges' book The Indigenous Church with a later work, The Indigenous Church and the Missionary. These books have had an incalculable influence on missions worldwide. This new edition offers a fresh look at proven missions methodology for a new generation answering the call to reach the lost and to establish the Church worldwide.