THE WISLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE.
AUCKLAND, November' 12; After the routine business the Committee on interconferential exchanges brought up their report. A discussion followed, and considerable lime was spent in considering the mode of procedure in dealing with the report.
The S:crctary of the 'Conference moved the adoption of the recommendation of the New South Wales Conference, that exchanges should be only carried out when the ministers proposed to be exchanged are willing.
The Rev. J. Woolnough spoke Btrongly in support of this view.
The Rev. W. Fitchett said that this was a most revolutionary proposal, and to carry it would imperil the existence of the General Conference, and take away one of its moat responsible duties. The unity of the ministry was the living link that bound together the Methodism of these colonies. The Rev. Dr Watkin expressed the view that the first principles of the Methodist Constitution must be maintained. He was a minister of the whole Australasian Church. The Rev. H. Youngman stated that the proposal of New South Wales was calculated to prevent the free interchange of ministers.
The Rev. R. Bavis urged the General Conference to adopt some method by which interchanges might be secured without the serious objections which the present Constitution made possible. Dr Brown said it would be calamitous to carry the resolution of New South Wales. Missionaries on returning from mission work were located in the several annual conferences in rotation, and the same power should be exercised in regard to the regular ministry.
The motion was lost by 74 to 16. The discussion was marked by great ability and much warmth, but the utmost good feeling.
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THE WISLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement