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matters pertaining to Church life and activity, constituting for the purpose committees and permanent Boards as may be deemed necessary.
976. Ans. 4. In each Mission Annual Con-' ference there shall be a Committee of Finance composed of the District Superintendents and the Mission Treasurer. This committee shall have charge of the administration of the funds of the Mission in harmony with the plans of the Board of Missions and of the Episcopal supervision.
977. Ans. 5. The Mission Annual Conference shall have power:
(1) To admit applicants on trial and into full connection as Mission traveling preachers, provided they fulfill the established requirements for such relationship. It shall also have power to discontinue, locate, or superannuate Mission traveling preachers by the same methods and for the same reasons that the Discipline requires in the case of members of an Annual Conference.
(2) To elect suitable persons to deacon's and elder's orders in harmony with the requirements of the Discipline.
(3) To license proper and duly recommended persons to preach, to pass annually upon the character and official administration of all the Mission traveling preachers and the local preachers who reside within the bounds of the
Mission, and to renew their licenses on application. (9702.)
978. Ans. 6. A Bishop, or, in his absence, one of the Superintendents chosen by ballot, shall preside in the Mission Annual Conference.
979. Ans. 7. The Bishop shall appoint the time of holding the Mission Annual Conference.
980. Ans. 8. Each Mission Annual Conference shall appoint the place of its own sitting; but should it become necessary to change this place after it has been fixed by the Conference, the Superintendents, with the consent of the Bishop in charge, shall have power to make such change.
981. Ans. 9. The Mission Annual Conference shall examine the records of the Quarterly Conferences.
982. Ans. 10. At the session next preceding the General Conference the Mission Annual Conference shall elect to the General Conference one clerical delegate, who shall be a member of some Annual Conference, and have voice and vote in the General Conference.
OF THE MISSIONS OF THE CHURCH.
Question. What directions are given concerning Missions?
983. Ans. 1. In foreign fields and in sections of the Church at home where on account of race or language it may seem desirable, work that is under the care of the Board of Missions and is not sufficiently advanced to be erected into an Annual Conference may be organized as a Mission.
984. Ans. 2. The Mission shall meet annually, and shall be composed of all regularly appointed missionaries and native preachers, with lay members, the number of whom and the mode of their appointment each Mission shall determine for itself.
985. Ans. 3. A Bishop, or, in his absence, one of the Superintendents chosen by ballot by the Mission, shall preside in the annual meeting. This meeting shall exercise in a general way the functions of a District Conference. It shall have power to license suitable persons to preach and to pass upon the character of preachers not members of an Annual Conference, and to recommend them, when properly prepared, for ordination as deacons and elders. The Bishop or President shall at the annual meeting assign the missionaries and native workers to the several charges for the ensuing year: provided, that no missionary shall be transferred to or from a Mission without previous consultation with the Board of Missions.
986. Ans. 4. The work of a Mission shall be divided, when necessary, into districts, over each of which a missionary shall be placed as Superintendent. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent, in the absence of a Bishop, to take general supervision of the work in his district with all its interests, and to report the state of that work and its needs to the Bishop in charge and to the Board of Missions.
987. Ans. 5. For the consideration of financial and other matters relative to the policies of the Board of Missions, and the work of the missionaries, the missionaries of each Mission field shall hold an annual Missionaries' Meeting and report their proceedings to the Board of Missions. In the absence of a Bishop one of the missionaries shall be elected by ballot to preside.
988. Ans. 6. At the annual meeting next preceding the General Conference the Mission shall elect to the General Conference one clerical delegate, who shall be a member of an Annual Conference: provided, that while he is not entitled to a vote, he shall be accorded the privileges of the floor.
OF THE DISTRICT CONFERENCES.
Question. What directions are given concerning the District Conferences?
989. Ans. 1. A District Conference shall be held annually in each Presiding Elder's District. The time shall be fixed by the Presiding Elder, and the place by the Conference; but should it become necessary to change the place after it has been fixed by the Conference, the Presiding Elder may make the change.
990. Ans. 2. The District Conference shall be composed of all the preachers in the District, traveling (9651, 652) and local (99661, 704), including superannuated preachers (whether resident without or within the limits of the Annual Conferences to which they belong), the District Lay Leader, the Charge Lay Leaders, the District Secretary of the Woman's Missionary Society, and other lay members, the number of whom and their mode of appointment each Annual Conference may determine for itself.
991. Ans. 3. A Bishop, or, in his absence, the Presiding Elder, shall preside; and if both be absent, the Conference shall elect a President. (9653.)
992. Ans. 4. The Conference shall elect a Secretary, who shall keep a record of all its proceedings.
993. Ans. 5. The Conference shall inquire particularly into the condition of the several charges in the District: concerning
(1) Their spiritual state, and the attendance upon the ordinances and social meetings of the Church.