The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1
Conference of 1815
Conference of 1815.
"Q. Can any additional methods be devised in order to promote the mental improvement of our Preachers?
"A. The Chairmen of Districts shall, at each District-Meeting, examine every Preacher on trial respecting the course of theological reading which he may have pursued in the course of the preceding year. For this purpose, every such Preacher is required to deliver to the Chairman of his District a list of the books which he has read since the preceding District-Meeting. These lists shall be laid before the Meeting, that the senior brethren may have an opportunity of giving to the junior Preachers such advices and directions respecting their studies as may appear to be necessary.
"2. Before any Preacher, having travelled four years, is recommended by his District-Meeting, for admission into full connexion, he shall undergo a careful examination, by the Chairman of that Meeting, respecting his acquaintance with Mr. Wesley's Works in general, and especially with his Sermons, and his Notes on the New Testament, in addition to the other examinations required by our existing rules: and no Preacher shall be so recommended, unless the result of his examination be satisfactory to the Meeting."†
† Ibid., vol. iv., pp. 122, 123.