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férence, if they judge it necessary, at any time.
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 quorom for transacting business.
4. One of the general Superintendants shall preside in the General Conference : but in case no general Superintendant be present, the General Conference shall choose a president pro tempore.
5. The General Conference shall have full powers to make rules and regulations for our church, under the following limitations and restrictions, viz. 1. The General Conference shall not
revoke, alter, or change our articles of religion, nor establish any new standards or rules of doctrine contrary to our present existing. and established standards of doc
trine, 2. They shall not allow of more than
one representative for every five members of the annual conference, nor allow of a less number than one for every seven:
3. They shall not change or alter
any part or rule of our governnient, so as to do away Episcopacy or destroy the plan of our itine
rant general superintendency. 4. They shall not revoke or change
the general rules of the United
Societies. 5. They shall not do away the pri
vileges of our ministers or preachers of trial by a coinmittee, and of an appeal: Neither shall they do away the privileges of our members of trial before the society or
by a committee, and of an appeal. 6. They shall not appropriate the
produce of the Book Concern, or of the Charter Fund, to any purpose other than for the benefit of the travelling, supernumerary, superannuated and worn-out preacliers, their wives, widows and children. Provided nevertheless, that upon the joint recommendation of all the annual conferences, then a majority of two thirds of the General Conference succeeding, shall suffice to alter any of the above restrictions.
of the Yearly Conferences. Quest. 3. Who shall attend the Yearly Conferences ?
Answ. All the travelling preachers, who are in full connexion, and those who are to be received into fuit connexion.
Quest. 4. Who shall apppoint the times of holding the Yearly Conferences ?
Answ. The bishops; but they shall allow the annual conferences to sit a week at least.
Quest. 5. Who shall appoint the places of holding the annual confer. ences?
Answ. Each annual conference shall appoint the place of its own sitting
Quest. 6. What is the method wherein we Åsually proceed in the yearly conferences?
Antro. We inquire, 1. What preachers are admitted on
trial? 2. Who remain on trial? 3. Wbo are adınitted into full con
4. Who are the deacons ? 5. Who have been elected and or.
dained elders this year? 8. Who have been elected, by the
saffrages of the general conference, to exercise the episeopal of fice, and superintend the Metbo
dist episcopal church in America ? ht. Who have located this year. 8. Who are the supernumeraries ?* 9. Who are the superannuated or
worn out preachers ? 10. Who have been expelled from
the connexion this year? 11. Who have withdrawn from the
connexion this year? 12. Are all the preachers blameless
in life and conversation ? 13. Who have died this year? 14. What numbers are in society .15. What has been collected for the
contingent expences, for the making up the allowances of the preachers, &c. ? *A supernumerary preacher is one so worn out in the itinerant service as to be rendered incapable of preaching constantly; but at the same time is willing to do any work in the ministry, which the conference may direct; and his strength enable him to perform."
16. How has this been expended ? 17. Where are the preachers station
ed this year? 18. Where and when shall our next
conference be held ?
Quest. 7. Is there any other business to be done in the yearly confer. ences ? • Anste. The electing and ordaining of elders and deacons.
Quest. 8. Are there any other directions to be given concerning the yearly conferences ?
Ansco, There shall be nine conferences in the year. See Second Part, Sect. 1.
A record of the proceedings of each annual conference shall be kept by a secretary, chosen for that purpose, and shall be signed by the preident and secretary: and a copy of the said record be sent to the general conference,
Of the Election and Consecration of
Bishops and of their Duty, Quest. 1. How is a bishop to be constituted ?