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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Conference of 1802

Conference of 1802.

"Q. Can any improvement be made in our present mode of receiving Preachers on trial?

"A. At present the Candidate is supposed to have passed the Quarterly-Meeting, from which he is recommended to the District-Meeting. In addition to this, let him, if possible, attend the District-Meeting, and be examined before all the brethren present, respecting his experience, his knowledge of divine things, his reading, his views of the doctrines of the Gospel, and his regard for Methodism in general. The Preacher who examines him shall be chosen by the ballot of the District-Committee. After the examination, the Candidate shall withdraw, and the Committee shall deliberate on the propriety or impropriety of his admission on trial; and determine whether he shall be recommended to the ensuing Conference or not. If it be not convenient for the Candidate to attend the District-Meeting, three of the Committee shall be chosen by ballot, and appointed to act in this instance for the District."

Ibid., vol. ii., p. 142.