AUCKLAND, November 20. , Fraternal greetings were received from the Baptist Union at Wellington. On the motion of the Rev. Mr Fitchett, satisfaction was expressed at the cordial acceptance by the minor Methodist churches throughout Australasia of the basis of union adopted by the last General Conference of New Zealand. The Primitive Methodist Church is the only exception, it not having accepted the basis.
The Rev, Mr Casely presented the report of the Committee on probationers’ studies, and it was adopted. The Rev. Mr Nye presented the report on the theological institutions, colleges, and Sunday schools, A discussion followed on the relation of the Sunday schools to readers’ meetings, after which the report was adopted; The report showed that the theological institutions and colleges were costing £177,041 ; that the debt was £93,084; that the schools numbered 3,593 and scholais 185,532, while the teachers were 18,730. An animated debate followed on the relation of the Christian Endeavor Society to the church’s constitution and membership. It was resolved that, with certain qualifications, active members should be regarded as church members or members on trial; the monthly consecration meeting to be regarded as a class meeting. In the afternoon a large number of the representatives Joined the marine excursion down the harbor. .
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WESLEYAN CONFERENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10477, 22 November 1897