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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Conference of 1766

Conference of 1766.

At this Conference eleven Preachers were admitted into full connexion, all of whom were subjected to the following examination:—

"William Ellis, have you faith in Christ? Are you going on to perfection? Do you expect to be perfected in love in this life? Are you groaning after it? Are you resolved to devote yourself wholly to God and his work?

"Do you know the Methodist doctrine? Have you read the Sermons? the Notes on the New Testament?

"Do you know the Methodist plan? Have you read the Plain Account? the Appeals?

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"Do you know the Rules of the Society? of the Bands? Do you keep them?

"Do you take no snuff? tobacco? drams?

"Do you constantly attend the church and sacrament?

"Have you read the Minutes? Are you willing to conform to them?

"Have you considered the twelve rules of a Helper? especially the first, tenth, and twelfth?

"Will you keep them for conscience' sake?

"Are you determined to employ all your time in the work of God?

"Will you preach every morning and evening, endeavouring not to speak too loud, or too long? not lolling with your elbows? Have you read the Rules of Action and Utterance?

"Will you meet the society, the bands, the select society, the Leaders of bands and classes in every place?

"Will you diligently and earnestly instruct the children, and visit from house to house?

"Will you recommend fasting, both by precept and example?

"The same questions were proposed to the rest severally before they were admitted."*

* Minutes, vol. i., pp. 52, 53.