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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 7

IV.—Existing Claims of Missionaries

IV.—Existing Claims of Missionaries.

1.The missionaries in Australia, Van Dieman's Land, New Zealand, the Friendly Islands, and Feejee, who as British subjects sent out from this country have a claim upon the English Conference for Home Circuits were they now to return, shall retain their claims for a reasonable period, and continue eligible for circuits in the home work, should circumstances arise within that period to render it proper for them to withdraw from the work in Australia. But whilst the English Conference and the Missionary Committee would thus keep good faith with their esteemed missionary brethren, they are nevertheless anxious that the Australian Connexion should not be deprived of the services of those whose standing and experience qualify them for working out, under the guidance and blessing of the great Head of the Church, the new arrangement with efficiency and success.
2.The Missionaries, whether sent from England or taken out in Australia, who are now members of the English Preachers' Annuitant Society, shall continue such as long as they pay their regular subscriptions to the fund and are recognised as members of the Conference, and, on their becoming supernumeraries shall have the allowances according to rule from the fund of the said Society. It is, however, desirable that an Annuitant Society should be formed in connexion with the Australasian Conference, or page 39 some other equally good plan be originated for the support of disabled ministers and ministers' widows; and that an arrangement be made with the English Preachers' Annuitant Society for repayment on account of the subscriptions already paid to the fund of that Society to aid in the formation of a fund of their own. The attention of the Australasian Conference is especially called to this subject.
3.The Claims of the brethren for auxiliary grants when they become supernumeraries are to be provided for by the formation of an Australasian Auxiliary Society or by some other more suitable plan.
4.The educational claim of the ministers for their children shall be met by the Australasian Connexion as soon as possible, either by charging the amount to the children's fund or by some other more eligible mode; but until an arrangement for this purpose can be satisfactorily made, such claims will still be recognised and provided for by the committee of the parent Missionary Society in behalf of those missionaries who are now in connexion with the English Conference.