網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版

Quest. 2. Can anything more be done in order to make the Class-meetings lively and profitable.

Ans. 1. Change improper Leaders.

2. Let the Leaders frequently meet each other's classes.

3. Let us observe which Leaders are the most useful; and let these meet the other classes as often as possible.

4. See that all the Leaders be not only men of sound judgment, but men truly devoted to God.

Quest. 3. What shall we do with those members of our Church who willfully and repeatedly neglect to meet their class ?

Ansv. 1. Let the Elder, Deacon, or one of the Preachers visit them, whenever it is practicable, and explain to them the consequence if they continue to neglect: namely, exclusion.

2. If they do not amend, let him who has the charge of the circuit or station bring their case before the Society, or a select number, before whom they shall have been cited to appear : and if they be found guilty of willful neglect by a decision of a majority of the members before whom their case is brought, let them be laid aside, and let the Preacher show that they are excluded for a breach of our rules, and not for iinmoral conduct.

Quest. 4. How often shall we permit serious persons who are not of our Church to meet in class ?

Ansu. At every other meeting of the class in every place let no stranger be admitted. At other times they may; but the same person not above twice or thrice.

Quest. 5. How often shall we permit strangers to be present at our Love-feast ?

Answ. Let them be admitted with the utmost caution; and the same person on no account above twice or thrice, unless he become a member.

PART II.

GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH.

CHAPTER I.

THE CONFERENCES.

SECTION I. Our Deportment at the Conferences. It is desired that all things be considered on these occasions as in the immediate presence of God; that every person speak freely whatever is in his heart.

Quest. How may we best improve our time at the conferences ?

Answ. 1. While we are conversing, let us have an especial care to set God always before us.

2. In the intermediate hours, let us redeem all the time we can for private exercises.

3. Therein let us give ourselves to prayer for one another, and for a blessing on our labor.

SECTION II. The General Conference. Quest. Who shall compose the General Conference, and what are the regulations and powers belonging to it ?

Ansu, 1. The General Conference shall be composed of one member for every thirty members of each Annual Conference, to be appointed either by seniority or choice, at the discretion of such Annual Conference; yet so that such representatives shall have traveled at least four full calendar years from the time that they were received on trial by an Annual Conference, and are in full conneotion at the time of holding the Conference.

2. The General Conference shall meet on the first day of May, in the year of our Lord 1812, in the city of New York, and thenceforward on the first day of May once in four years perpetually, in such place or places as shall be fixed on by the General Conference from time to time; but the general superintendents, or a majority of them, by or with the advice of two thirds of all the Annual Conferences, or, if there be no general superintendent, two thirds of all the Annual Conferences, shall have power to call an extra session of the Gene ral Conference at any time, to be constituted in the usual way.

3. At all times when the General Conference is met, it shall take two thirds of the representatives of all the Annual Conferences to make a quorum for transacting business.

4. One of the general superintendents shall preside in the General Conference; but in case no general superintendent be present, the General Conference shall choose a president pro tem.

5. The General Conference may try appeals from members of Annual Conferences who may have been censured, suspended, expelled, or located without their consent, by a committee embracing not less than fifteen of its members, nor more than one member from each delegation, who, in the presence of a Bishop presiding, and one or more of the Secretaries of the Conference keeping a faithful record of all the proceedings had, shall have full power to hear and determine the case, subject to the rules and regulations which govern the said Conference in such proceedings, and the records made and the papers submitted in such trials shall be presented to the Con

« 上一頁繼續 »