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in the Conference. (See part i, ch. iii, § 3, quest. 4, p. 35.)
5. To be present at, as far as practicable, and to hold all the quarterly meetings; and to call together at each quarterly meeting, a Quarterly Conference, (see part i, ch. iii, § 4, p. 37,) consisting of all the travelling and local preachers, exhorters, stewards, and leaders of the circuit, and none else, to hear complaints, and to receive and try appeals, and to transact such other business as is provided for in part i, ch. iii, § 4, pages 38, 39.
6. To oversee the spiritual and temporal business of the Church in his district, (see page 189,) and to promote, by all proper means, the cause of Missions, (see page 191,) and Sunday Schools, (see page 85,) and the publication, at our own press, of Bibles, tracts, and Sunday-School Books; and carefully to inquire, at each Quarterly Conference, whether the rules respecting the instruction of children (see page 85) have been faithfully observed; and to report to the Annual Conference the names of all travelling preachers within his district who shall neglect to observe these rules.
7. To take care that every part of our Discipline be enforced in his district. And to decide all questions of law in a Quarterly Conference, subject to an appeal to the President of the next Annual Conference; but in all cases the application of law shall be with the Conference.
8. To attend the Bishops when present in his district; and to give them, when ab
sent, all necessary information, by letter, of the state of his district.
9. To direct the candidates who are admitted on trial, to those studies which have been recommended by the Bishops.
10. To explain to those preachers who are on trial, as well as to those who are in future to be proposed for trial, that they may be either admitted, or rejected without doing them any wrong.
11. If any preacher absent himself from his circuit, the Presiding Elder shall, as far as possible, fill his place with another preacher, who shall be paid for his labours out of the allowance of the absent preacher, in proportion to his usual allowance.
Quest. 5. Shall the Presiding Elder have power to employ a preacher who has been rejected at the previous Annual Conference?
Answ. He shall not, unless the Conference should give him liberty, under certain conditions.
Of the Election and Ordination of Travelling Elders, and of their Duty.
Quest. 1. How is an Elder constituted? Answ. By the election of a majority of the Annual Conference, and by the laying on of the hands of a Bishop, and some of the Elders that are present.
Quest. 2. What is the duty of a Travelling Elder?
Answ. 1. To administer baptism and the
Lord's supper, and to perform the office of matrimony, and all parts of divine worship. 2. To do all the duties of a travelling preacher.
No Elder that ceases to travel, without the consent of the Annual Conference, certified under the hand of the President of the Conference, except in case of sickness, debility, or other unavoidable circumstances, shall on any account, exercise the peculiar functions of his office, or even be allowed to preach among us: nevertheless, the final determination in all such cases is with the Annual Conference.
Quest. 3. What shall be the time of probation of a Travelling Deacon for the office of an Elder?
Answ. Every Travelling Deacon shall exercise that office for two years, before he be eligible to the office of Elder; except in the case of missions, when the Annual Conferences shall have authority to elect for the Elder's office sooner, if they judge it expedient.
When a preacher shall have passed his examination, and been admitted into full connexion, and elected to Deacon's office, but fails of his ordination through the absence of the Bishop, his eligibility to the office of Elder shall run from the time of his election to the office of a Deacon.
Of the Election and Ordination of Travelling Deacons, and of their Duty.
Quest. 1. How is a Travelling Deacon constituted?
Answ. By the election of a majority of the Annual Conference; and the laying on of the hands of a Bishop.
Quest. 2. What is the duty of a Travelling Deacon ?
Answ. 1. To baptize and perform the office of matrimony, in the absence of the Elder.
2. To assist the Elder in administering the Lord's supper.
3. To do all the duties of a travelling preacher.
N. B. Whenever a preacher on trial is selected by the Bishop for a mission, he may, if elected by an Annual Conference, ordain him a Deacon before his probation ends.
No Deacon who ceases to travel without the consent of the Annual Conference, certified under the hand of the President of the Conference, except in case of sickness, debility, or other unavoidable circumstances, shall on any account, exercise the peculiar functions of his office, or even be allowed to preach among us: nevertheless, the final determination in all such cases is with the Annual Conference.
Of the Reception of Preachers from the Wesleyan Connexion, and from other Denominations.
Quest. 1. In what manner shall we receive those ministers who may come to us from the Wesleyan connexion in Europe or Canada?
Answ. If they come to us properly accredited from either the British, Irish, or Canada Conference, they may be received according to such credentials, provided they give satisfaction to an Annual Conference of their willingness to conform to our Church government and usages.
Quest. 2. How shall we receive those ministers who may offer to unite with us from other Christian Churches?
Answ. Those ministers of other evange lical Churches, who may desire to unite with our Church, whether as local or itinerant, may be received according to our usages, on condition of their taking upon them our ordination vows, without the reimposition of hands, giving satisfaction to an Annual Conference of their being in orders, and of their agreement with us in doctrine, discipline, government, and usages: provided the Conference is also satisfied with their gifts, grace, and usefulness. Whenever any such minister is received, he shall be furnished with a certificate, signed by one of our Bishops, in the following words, namely: