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(2) Missions within the District, where new ones should be established, and what missions should be raised to circuits or stations; and the condition of the work of the Woman's Missionary Society within the several charges in the District.
(3) Sunday schools, and the manner of conducting them, and education generally.
(4) The work done by the American Bible Society.
(5) Their financial systems, and contributions to Church purposes; the condition of houses of worship and parsonages, and the necessity for new ones.
(6) The manner in which the records of the Quarterly Conferences have been kept.
(7) Epworth Leagues, their manner and general condition.
(8) Ministerial supply and training, whether there be any candidates for the ministry and what is doing to aid them in their preparation.
(9) Lay activities and what the Board of Lay Activities is doing in the bounds of the District.
(10) The Conference organ and the general organ, and what is doing to increase their circulation.
994. Ans. 6. The District Conference shall elect by ballot eight delegates from the District to the ensuing Annual Conference: provided,
that in this election no member of the Annual Conference shall vote. (9654.)
995. Ans. 7. At these Conferences prominence shall be given to religious exercises, such as preaching, prayer meetings, love feasts, and the administration of the sacraments.
996. Ans. 8. The District Conference shall inquire concerning what is doing to discover those who are called of God to the ministry, to test their fitness for this work, and to aid them in their preparation; it shall license proper persons to preach, when, in its judgment, their gifts, grace, and usefulness warrant; it shall take cognizance of all local preachers within the District (90659-664, 773), annually inquire, by committee or otherwise, touching their development in Christian life, their progress in literary and theological studies, and their success in Christian work; and, when satisfied of their fitness, on their application, shall renew their licenses. (9702.) All votes to license shall be by ballot.
997. Ans. 9. The District Conference shall recommend to the Annual Conference suitable candidates for local deacon's or local elder's orders, for admission on trial, for readmission into the traveling connection, and for the restoration of local preacher's credentials: provided, that no person shall be recommended to the Annual Conference for admission on trial or for ordination until he passes before a committee of three, to be appointed by the Presiding Elder, an approved examination in the prescribed Course of Study. (99656, 657, 660, 663, 665.) All votes to recommend preachers for admission on trial, for readmission into the traveling connection, for deacon's or elder's orders, or for the restoration of local preacher's credentials, shall be by ballot. No recommendation from a District Conference to an Annual Conference shall be valid after the session of the Annual Conference next following the grant of such recommendation, ([665.)
998. Ans. 10. On nomination of the Presiding Elder, the District Conference shall elect annually a Licensing Committee of six or four. The Presiding Elder shall be a member and chairman of this committee. In case of death, or any other clearly impossible reason to act, the Presiding Elder shall fill the vacancy. The committee shall serve until the ensuing Annual Conference, and, in cases of absolute necessity, shall have the power, by unanimous vote (9666), on thorough examination on the prescribed Course of Study (9657), to license proper and duly recommended persons to preach, and to recommend proper persons to the Annual Conference for admission on trial and for readmission. Where it is clearly impossible for the applicant to reach the District Conference, the Presiding Elder may examine him and report to the Conference.
999. Ans. 11. Before the ballot for the license of an applicant is taken, either in the District Conference or Licensing Committee, he shall be urged to abstain from the use of tobacco for reasons, at least, of ministerial prudence.
OF THE QUARTERLY CONFERENCES.
Question 1. Who shall compose a Quarterly Conference?
9100. Ans. All the traveling (9652) and local preachers (99703, 704), including superannuated preachers residing within the circuit or station (whether without or within the limits of the Annual Conferences to which they belong), with the exhorters, stewards (99709, 710), trustees who are members of the Church, and class leaders (9708), of the respective circuits, stations, and missions, together with the superintendents of Sunday schools who are members of the Church (9722), the secretaries of Church Conferences, the presidents of Senior Epworth Leagues (9724), the Charge Lay Leader, the Church Lay Leaders, the chairman of the Evangelistic Committee, the chairman of the Social Service Committee, the president of the Woman's Missionary Society, and none others.
Ques. 2. When and where shall each Quarterly Conference meet?
9101. Ans. Four times a year, at such places as the Conference may appoint, and at such times as the Presiding Elder may designate; but the Presiding Elder and preacher in charge shall have authority, when they judge it necessary, to change the place, and to call special sessions. Quarterly Conferences for two or more charges may be held at the same time and place.
Ques. 3. Who shall preside in a Quarterly Conference?
9102. Ans. The Presiding Elder, or, in his absence, an elder appointed by him or by the preacher in charge. (9669.)
Ques. 4. What is the regular business of a Quarterly Conference?
9103. Ans. 1. To receive and try appeals and to hear complaints. (99668, 671.)
9104. Ans. 2. To superintend the interests of Sunday schools and the instruction of children; to elect superintendents of Sunday schools at the fourth Quarterly Conference of each year, on nomination of the preacher in charge (See 9387); and to confirm the Presidents of Senior Epworth Leagues at the Conference next succeeding their election. (9724.)