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it shall be to collect weekly, monthly, or quarterly, as the case may be determined, from each member of the class what they agree to pay, and the money when collected shall be paid regularly to the class-leader, to be brought up by him to the leaders' meeting or Quarterly Conference, as the case may be.
2. To provide to meet the claims that may be presented and determined at the Annual Conference, every Preacher shall make an annual collection in every congregation of his charge, and the money so collected shall be lodged in the hands of the steward ar stewards and brought or sent to the ensing Annual Conference.
3. Let the annual produce of the Charter Fund, as divided among the several Annual Conferences, be applied with the above contributions, but so as not to militate against the rules of the Charter Fund, and also the annual dividend arising from the profits of the Book Concern. Out of the money so collected and brought to the respective Annual Conferences, let the va rious allowances agreed upon in accordance with the provisions of part ii, chap. 1, § 4, item 9, be made up.
4. Effective men who have not been able
to obtain their allowance from the people where they have labored may present a claim to the Conference, to be paid out of the money at the disposal of the Conference, and such claim may be paid, or any part thereof, as the Conference may de termine.
SECTION II. Building and Renting Houses for the Use
of the Traveling Preachers. Quest. What advice or direction shall be given concerning the building or renting of dwelling-houses for the use of the married Traveling Preachers ?
Answ. 1. It is recommended by the General Conference to the Traveling Preachers, to advise our friends in general to purchase a lot of ground in each circuit, and to build a Preacher's house thereon, and to furnish it with, at least, heavy furniture, and to settle the same on trustees appointed by the Quarterly Conference, aocording to the Deed of Settlement published in our form of Discipline.
2. The General Conference recommend to all the circuits, in cases where they are not able to comply with the above request, to rent a house for the married Preacher and his family, (when such are statiuned apon their circuits respectively,) and that the Annual Conferences do assist to make up the rents of such houses as far as they can, when the circuit cannot do it.
The Stewards of each circuit and station shall be a standing committee (where no trustees are constituted for that purpose) to provide houses for the families of our married Preachers, or to assist the Preachers to obtain houses for themselves when they are appointed to labor among them.
3. It shall be the duty of the Presiding Elders and Preachers to use their influence to carry the above rules respecting building and renting houses for the accommodation of Preachers and their families into effects In order to this, each Quarterly Conference shall appoint a committee, (unless other measures have been adopted,) who, with the advice and aid of the Preachers and Presiding Elders, shall devise such means as may seem fit to raise moneys for that purpose. And it is recommended to the Annual Conference to make a special inquiry of their members respecting this part of their duty.
4. Any preacher who shall refuse to oc. cupy the house which may be provided for him by the Stewards, shall thereby forfeit his claim on the Stewards to the amount of said house rent. Nevertheless, this rule shall not apply to those preachers whose families are either established within the bounds of their circuits, or are so situated that, in the judgment of the Stewards, or the above-mentioned committee, it is not necessary, for the benefit of the circuit, to remove them.
SECTION III. Building Churches, and the Order to be ob
served therein. Quest. 1. Is anything advisable in regard to building churches?
Ansu. 1. Let all our churches be built plain and decent, and with free seats wherever practicable; but not more expens ive than is absolutely unavoidable, otherwise the necessity of raising money will make rich men necessary to us. But if we must be dependent on them, yea, and governed by them. And then farewell to Methodist discipline, if not doctrine too.
2. In order more effectually to prevent qur people from contracting debts which they are not able to discharge, it shall be
the duty of the Quarterly Conference of every circuit and station where it is contemplated to build a house or houses of worship, to secure the ground or lot on which such house or houses are to be built, according to our deed of settlement, which deed must be legally executed; and also said Quarterly Conference shall appoint a judicious committee of at least three members of our Church, who shall form an estimate of the amount necessary to build; and three fourths of the money, according to such estimate, shall be secured or subscribed before any such building shall be commenced.
In all cases where debts for building houses of worship have been, or may be, incurred contrary to, or in disregard of, the above recommendation, our members and friends are requested to discountenance, by declining pecuniary aid to all agents who shall travel abroad beyond their own circuits or districts for the collection of funds for the discharge of such debts: except in such peculiar cases as may be approved by an Annual Conference, or such agents as may be appointed by their authority.
3. In future we will admit no charter, deed, or conveyance for any house of wor.