Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 36
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Your Board of Education is impressed with the profound conviction that
with the initial session of this Conference, we are confronted also with the
responsibility of inaugurating in our educational work plans and policies
which must Ikeep pace with the progress indicated by the formation of the
new Conference conditions.
That this crisis may be bravely met and successfully passed, it is incumbent
upon us to take the broadest possible view of our situation and to project the
wisest possible methods of adjustment. After an honorable career of more
than half a century, a career marked by many privations and struggles for
the advancement of Christian education under the guiding hand of Methodism,
we have come to the parting of the ways. We must reconstruct our methods
and broaden otur plans or content ourselves to retire from the forefront of
educational activity according to the demands of the marvellous generation
in which we live. It is ours to look with the throbbing heart of hope upon
fields already white unto an educational harvest which shall enrich beyond
our most sanguine vision the equipment of the generations to follow us for
meeting the tremendous possibilities of a Christian civilization. We there-
fore most heartily commend the action of the Conference in its practically
unanimous vote for a Commission to co-operate with like commissions repre-
senting other Texas Conferences, looking to the correlation of all our educa-
tional interests in the State, and the wisest possible plans for a forward
movenmient co-inlmensurate with the imperative demands of the hour.
Texas and the great Southwest is destined to be in the immediate future
a storm center of educational activity. Large sums of money are being in-
vested for the equipment and enlargement of the various enterprises which
are seeking g to mould the thought and give type to the character of Western
youth. Our own great Church must know her day of opportunity. We there-
fore desire the Conference to adopt the following:
Resolved, That the Central Texas Conference wishes to go on record as
favoring the plan now being prosecuted, through the appointment of a Com-
mission, for the adjustment and enlargement of our educational operations,
and pledges its loyal support to the findings of this Commission, and prays
that Divine wisdom may be vouchsafed unto them in this the most important
issue in Texas Methodism since the days of the sainted Dr. Mood.
Your Board rejoices in the note of victory which comes from over the
Church regarding the progress of our educational work throughout her bor-
ders. The General Board reports that in several sections of our Methodism,
endowment campaigns have been waged with great vigor and with great suc-
cess. WVe have now nine colleges which report more than $100,000 endow-
ment; five which report more than $200,000; two which report more than
$300,000, and Trinity College which reports more than $500,000.
The Board has done its work during the past quadrennium under the
general name of Educational Extension. During the past year, five schools
owned by our colored brethren of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church
were aided to the extent of $14,587.80. Twelve of our own schools situated
in pioneer and less favored communities were aided to the extent of $9,700.
There have been $1,650 raised as a result of the Educational Extension move-
ment started about a year ago.
The Board enters upon the work of the new quadrennium with enlarged
resources and bright prospects. The last General Conference emphasized the
increasing importance of our 'educational work by raising the annual assess-
ment upon the Church for educational purposes from $50,000 to $95,000. Of
this amount the General Conference provided that $25,000 be used at the dis-
cretion of the Board of Education, and $20,000 be applied to the Biblical De-
partment of the Vanderbilt University; the rest to be used as heretofore.
The Conference also directed the Board to divide the assessment among the
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