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of the Discipline unless the preacher complained of be present, or shall have had notice of the complaint: provided, nevertheless, if the delinquent preacher desire to be tried another year (making suitable acknowledgments), and promise, if tried another year, to come up to the measure of his duty in these respects, the Conference may employ him another year, and upon the issues of that year shall depend his restoration or absolute location: provided, further, that no preacher shall be located at his own request unless he be present, or his written request, signed by himself, be presented to the Conferenee.

¶58. Ans. 6. The names of any who may be expelled or suspended, or have withdrawn from the Church, shall be stated in the Minutes.

¶59. Ans. 7. The Conference may recommend the restoration of credentials, or restore them, according to ¶325.

Ques. 8. What other business shall be done in the Annual Conferences?

160. Ans. 1. Let every Annual Conference hear the appeal of a local preacher.

961. Ans. 2. Let every Annual Conference organize a Conference Board of Education (¶¶458, 681, 682) and inquire into the state and character of all institutions of learning under its care, and the best means of promoting their interests, and, if necessary, of increas

ing their number: provided, that no new institution below college grade shall be established or existing institution be taken under the care of the Church without first being adopted by the, Annual Conference on the recommendation of the Conference Board of Education, after counsel with the General Secretary of Education (¶¶815, 816, 818): and provided, further, that no new college or university or theological school or educational foundation shall be established, nor existing one adopted, without the concurrent recommendation of the General Conference Board of Education. (See ¶¶333, 349, 373, 458, 476, 505.)

962. Ans. 3. Let every Annual Conference take account of all the church buildings, parsonages, and other Church property within its bounds, and see that the same be legally secured to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,[ according to the provisions of the Discipline. (See ¶¶233, 234, 237, 238.)

963. Ans. 4. Let every Annual Conference examine the records of the District Conferences.

¶64. Ans. 5. Let every Annual Conference at the beginning of each quadrennium appoint committees of examination for the courses of study prescribed by the Bishops for candidates for admission and for Conference undergraduates. (¶¶678, 679, 743.) The committees shall hold office for four years, and shall dis

charge faithfully their duties in accordance with the regulations in ¶¶824, 825.

¶65. Ans. 6. Let every Annual Conference have a record of its proceedings, kept by a Secretary chosen for that purpose. The records shall be signed by the President and the Secretary, and a bound copy, written or printed, shall be sent to the General Conference, at its ensuing session.

966. Ans. 7. The Secretary of every Annual Conference shall forward to the Book Editor, at the Publishing House, full and correct answers to the foregoing Annual Conference questions, for insertion in the General Minutes. (9683.)

467. Ans. 8. Let every Annual Conference carefully inquire into the state and character of the Sunday school work in its bounds, and the best means of improving and promoting its interests, giving ample time during the session for their consideration.

¶68. Ans. 9. Let every Annual Conference, at its first session after each General Conference, appoint a Quadrennial Committee on Admissions, who shall inquire into the character and adaptation to the itinerancy of all applicants for admission on trial, admission into full connection, readmission, and admission from other Churches. (¶164.) If this committee report adversely on any case, a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting shall be req

uisite to grant the application. But so long as the General Board of Missions shall make appropriations to the support of native preachers in Mission Conferences in foreign fields, committees of admission shall be nominated by the General Board, subject to appointment by the President of the Conference.

¶69. Ans. 10. Let every Annual Conference appoint a Committee on Conference Relations, to consist of not less than seven members, to which committee all applications for the supernumerary and superannuate relations shall be referred. (See ¶¶183, 186.)

970. Ans. 11. Let every Annual Conference, at its first session after each General Conference, appoint a Bible Society Board, to consist of one member from each Presiding Elder's District, and to continue in office four years.

471. Ans. 12. Let every Annual Conference, at its first session after each General Conference, appoint a Board of Christian Literature, to consist of one lay member from each Presiding Elder's District and an equal number of preachers, to continue in office four years. It shall be the duty of this Board to put into effect such plans as the Annual Conferences may adopt to promote the success and efficiency of the Conference organs. To this Board shall be referred all matters relating to the publication and distribution of current religious literature.

This Board shall hold an anniversary at some time during the period of the Annual Conference, and shall prepare a program therefor.

972. Ans. 13. For the better instruction of our members and for the promotion of all Annual Conference enterprises, as well as the general work of the Church, let Conference organs be maintained by groups of Annual Conferences, or by a single Annual Conference where conditions require it, and, when necessary, let assessments be made for the support of these organs. By means of the budget plan, or in some other practical way, let each Church put the Conference organ into every Methodist home. Let the circulation of Church periodicals and the distribution of Christian literature be diligently and faithfully promoted by pastors and official members. Let each pastor report, for insertion in the Conference statistics, the number of Methodist families in his charge and the number of Conference organs and general organs taken, and the amount raised for the circulation of these organs.

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SECTION III

OF THE CENTRAL CONFERENCE

Question. What directions are given concerning Central Conferences?

973. Ans. 1. Any Annual Conferences or Mis

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