DUNEDIN, March G. i At the Methodist Conference to-day Management Boards for four Central Missions were appointed, and the Oon■ference endorsed a scheme for carrying 'on the Wellington work, with headquarters at Webb Stroet. I The Conference resolved that the folI lowing should be the order of probationers' circuits:—Waiuku, Waimate, Gisborne, Feilding, Taumaranui, Havclock, Auckland, Westport, Port Albert,- , Balclutha, Kaitanga^a. The report of the Principal, the Rev. 'O. H. Garland, showed that the Theological College opened in March with 13 students. -The present number of students was 11. The report was adopted. | The Conference instructed the Principal that no student is to conduct more than 13 services in any quarter. It was further decided that every student should be required to sign an agreement to repay the cost of training; in the event of his retiring from the ministry within 10 years. The Rev. 0. H. Garland was re-appointed Principal.
The work of the committee in connection with the new Theological Institution, it was stated, had been at a standstill for 12 months. At the'meeting a year ago it was decided that no active steps should be taken until a site for the University was decided on by the Government, the committee realising that tho Theological Institution building should be as near the 'University as possible. The site is still unsettled. It was mentioned that £8000 was in hand.
A deputation from the Dunedin Presbytery conveyed fraternal greetings to tho Conference. ''
This afternoon a proposal relating^ to lay representation on the Stationing Committee and also to the size of the Conference was referred to quarterly meetings and Synods, and to the Conference of 1915.
An animated debate took place on pastorates beyond five years. It was eventually decided to pi-ov-kle for such extension under certain safeguards, the extension to bo endorsed in every case by a majority vote of 75 per cent, before becoming law. This resolution will need endorsement by" the various District Synods and approved by the Conference of 1915.
Provision was made for holding special quarterly meetings in the circuits.
It was resolved to elecb secretaries of the Synods at the Conference instead of at the Synod. Resolutions affecting the constitutions of District Synods, with .a view to increasing tho number of lay representatives, were adopted. Home Missionaries of seven years' continuous standing were granted Seats in the Synod.
The establishment of a conference travelling expenses fund was referred to the quarterly meetings, with a view to recommendations being made to next Conference on the subject.
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YESTERDAY'S BUSINESS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8812, 7 March 1914
YESTERDAY'S BUSINESS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8812, 7 March 1914
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