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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

On Theological Training of Students

On Theological Training of Students.

Whereas the importance and necessity of rearing a coloniallyeducated Ministry are becoming daily more apparent (1) Because of the proven difficulty of getting an adequate supply of Ministers from the home churches, and (2) because of the better adaptation of youth educated in our midst for the circumstances under which the work of the Church must be carried on for a time in a country drawing its population from different nationalities; whereas the present training, given through Presbyteries to students in divinity is confessedly inadequate and unequal; and, lastly, whereas several young men now attending the arts classes in the Otago University, with a view to the Ministry in our Church, will in the course of a year or two require direct theological training. It is humbly overtured to the Synod of Otago and Southland, by the Presbytery of Dunedin, to take the premises into consideration, in order to devise the means of more systematic instruction in theology.