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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889
The sittings were resumed this morning at ten o’clock :
ADMISSIONS TO THE MINISTRY,
The Synod met in private, in terms of the resolution of last sederunt, when the report on the applications for admission to the ministry was called for and given by Mr Chisholm (convenor). The report recommended the admission of the Rev. Robert Thornton, M.A., and Junior vV. Waldie, under the regulations of the one year’s probation, The report was adopted, and the Synod granted the applications. CHURCH EXTENSION CHARGES. The Synod having resumed in public, the report of the Committee on remits was continued, the convener (Rev. J. Ferguson) reporting on tho remit re church extension charges, After discussion the following regulations were adopted:— Arfclc I.—la tho cisc of a country or suburban d’strict not yet erected into a sanctioned chirgc, nor able to implement the requirements of the suskntation fund scheme—(l) Ihe Presbytery, with the concurrence of the Church Extension Committee, in the event of no objection being raised by tbej people in the district, shall have power to ordain or induct over it any minister or probationer of tho church for periods not less than one year nor more than three years, who shall have a scat in the Presbytery and Synod. (2) In such a case the Presbytery shall first ascertain what amount of aid for the support of the ministry tho district is able to contribute, requiring a minimum of Ll2O per annum. (3) That every such district shall be entitled to receive from tho church extension fund a sura not exceeding LSO for the first year, L 35 for the second year, and L2O for the third year. Shou’d the congregation in any year exceed the amount required from it, the excess shall go as a supplement to tho mini'ter, provided that the total salary shall not cxco cd L2OO. (4) Should any such s arge not bo ablu to meet the requirements of tho suatentation fund at tho end of three years, the Synod may, on tho recommendation of the Presbytery, and after receiving a report from the Church Extension Committee, place the charge on the church extension scheme for such a t’.me and on such allowance as the Synod may deem advisable. (5) Every church extension charge shall he provided with a cottage tnanae. Notice of the intentions of Presbytery and Church Extension Committee to erect such manse shall be given to the convener of the Church Erections Committee.
(The article referring to the employment of lay missionaries was not altered.!
The following article was added : “ When a church extension charge is erected into a sanctioned charge the settlement of the minister shall be by formal .dll/!
HOKE It was resolved that tho Gore application for sanction bo not granted this year ; but tho Gore mission charge is planed Under the church extension scheme, receiving a grant of L 25. This matter Was Considered In private. , iHKOI.OOIOAt, lll'.l’OUT. On the Work of tho college, the professors report as follows Professor Dunlop: “I beg to repoit that tho class subjects handled hy me daring lh>’ na-t session were Christian Htbloi. Huini letlos, and New Testament HxegesH, Tim whole of Luke’s Gospel; will) the exception of tho last tibftpter, wftft raid oxog. Uoally, and to this subject five hours per week, or thereby, wrote devoted. Four hours per week were spent in lecturing on Christian Kth'os and Homiletics, and one hour per week, or thereby, was given to oral examination on tho subjects dealt with in the lectures, Seven regular students woto in attendance throughout the ussier. In addition to these, two other students commoted with other religious denominations wore in regular attendance, one taking both courser, tho other tho Ethical course. Of (he seven regular students, two viz.. Robert FairImid and John Murray—were thiol year’s students; one—viz ,J, AVatsoa Smith, B.A.— was a i oooud year’s studiiit; two— v z.. James Swanson Fold, B. A., and William Ilnbertsoii Malcolm wore first yore’s students; ami two—viz., H. M ddloton Kyburn. M.A., and J. B. Findlay—wore fourth years students. It, is with sincere pleasure t.tiat I can repoit, ns heretofore, that the diligence, attendance, and Christian tone of one ami all wore in a high degree encouraging to myself, and hopefully Mg ifioant, of their future usefulness in Uin ministry.” Professor Wat l ,! “ 1 beg to submit herewith the an ual tale of work done by the two elapses under my charge in the Theological College last tea ion. The senior class, comprising Messrs Ryburn, Mureay, Fairmaid, and Watson Fmith, road tho jml c-yiiio prophets - / r... Ilagg vi, Zecbari.ab, MnlAohi — and rnten d fully into tho grammar and interpretation of those books They furlbor simply road the Books of Ezra, Noheraiab, and Esther, for the purpose of acquiring familiarity with the Hebrewisih. The junior class, consisting of only two students- ie , Mesrrs Reid and Malcolm—were taken through Ur Davidson's ‘Hebrew Grammar,’ with its accompany- ' ing exercises; and, in addition, read about twelve chapters of the Book of 1 Samuel, The two classes weie combined in the study of Church History. They made use of Fisher’s ‘Histoiy of tho Church’ as the text book, and were taken over the second part, covering tho ground from the Reformation to the present day. The progress of the students in the several branches of study was tested not only by the drily oral examinations, but by periodic written examinations; and I am glad to be able say that they all showed attc ntion and proficiency, and that their moral conduct was uniformly unexceptionable, ” From these reports it will be seen the reVen regular students were in attendance on the lectures of the professors. Two of these-viz., Mr John Hurray and Mr Robert Fairmaid—having finished . their c.liege course, were examined under direction of this Committee for exit in the following subjects Apologetics, Theism ; Systematic Theology, Justification ; Old Testament Exegesis, Malachi; New Testament Exegesis, Luke; Church History, The Reformation ; Ethics, The Conscience. On the Report of the examiners, the examination of Messrs Murray and Fairmaid was Sustained. Scholarships : In May the Lang Scholarship Was offered for competition, blit no candidates competed. It rertiaiha to be offered Again this year. Your C ihmittec have also received from Mr A. Cameron a donation of 300 National Insurance share**—about L3oo—to form the capital fund of a new scholarship, to be called the Muir Scholarship, and to be offered to students preparing for the ministry of this church, under regulations to be framed by this Committee. Your Committee ate of opinio i tbit much cou’d bo done by ministers and members to encourage young men of superior ability to devote themselves to tho work of the ministry, and ask the attention of all to this subject. Your Committee hope to find other members of this church, whom God has blessed in material things, coming forward with their gifts to found new scholarships, or otherwise to help to increase the efficiency of our yourg college. The Stuart prize was awarded to Mr Ryburn, subject of examination being period 1688 ani 1813
After discussion, tho following deliverance was agreed to Adopt the report; record the thanks of tho Synod to the Committee, especially to the joint bonvehers; express satisfaction at tho good work done by the professors ; record thanks to Mr A, Cameron for bis handsome donation, and heartily commend the interests of the Hall to the prayers and sympathy of the whole church.” Tho Synod adjourned at 1.13 p.m., to meet at 7 p.m., when the first business will be consideration of the following REPORT OF CHURCH ERECT ON AND FINANCE COMMITTEE. Your Committee has to report that the following payments of grants have been made during the year ending 30th September Grants for Churches,—Chatton Fast, L 13 3; Chatton North. LlOfi 12s 9J; Fortrose, L 150; VYarepa, L 22 10;; West Taicri, 1.50; Tapanui, LSO; Ravcnebourne, LSO; Hampden, 1.32 10); Waitahnna, 135145; Ot» popo, 150; Merton, 19; Wallacetown, L2 0; Ka’korai, L4O; Winton, L 32 10s J Lawrence, 1-480; Dir.cdin (3t, Andrew’s). 132 10.); Balclutha, LIOO ; TokomaiiKo, L 200; Harewood, L 24 13a 3d; Invercargill ( : t. Paul’s), L2oo;—total, L2.C00. Grants for Sites.—Kothesay, L2CO; Woollands, LB4 ; Waikiwi, L7O ;—total, L 354 Giants for Manses.-Brighton, LSO; North Taieri, LSO; Mornington, LSO; Otepopo, LSO; Waiarcka, LSO; Queenstown, lf-0; Dunedin (St. Andrew’s) LSO; Inch Clutba, LSO ; Balclutha, LSO; Naseby, LSO; Kelso, LSO; Cromwell, cottage manse, Llls 3s Pembroke, cottage manse, LlO0; total, L 765 3s. Your Committee has considered the following applications, and recommends that they be sanctioned,' subject to regulationsMaheno, grant for new church ; Otautau, do; Orepuki, do; Waikoikoi, do; Forest Hill, repairs to church, L 1516*; Maungatua, do, L2O; North Dunedin, do, L‘o; Oamaru (St. Paul’s), do, LSO; Gore, do, LbO; Pine Bush, do, 150. An application for a grant for repairs to Waiwera Church was consider d. As there is no amount stated, and no evidence that the Presbytery has satisfi id itself as to tho necessity for the grant, the Committee consider that the application must be treated as informal. An application fur a grant of L3OO for repairs to E ist Taieti Church was considered. As the maximum grant under the regulations is LSO, the Committee agreed to recommend a grant of this amount only. Finance. - The accounts of the several funds of tho church for tho past year are submitted herewith, and show a considerable increase on the total amount as compared with the preceding year, the amounts collected last year being L 20.453 9* 2d, while for the preceding year they amounted to L 27,783 15s 6d. Reports on the separate funds are furnished by the special committees, and your Committee submit herewith detailed accounts ef each fund, together with the usual auditor’s certificate. The debt on the manse reserve fund now stands at L 2.000, and of this amount LI,OOO will be paid off at 31st December. The auditor’s certificate is as follows:—" I have examined the books, vouchers, and bank pass-book of tho treasurer of the Presbyterian Church of Otago, and find the balance-sheet in accordance therewith. The securities have also been carefully gone through, and found all iu order.— (Signed) Thos, Moouib, Auditor. Dunedin, 30th October, 1889.” Alex O. Bkgg, Convener.
PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889
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