Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 48
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
Fourth, that we encourage our Home Mission Societies and Epworth
Leagues to co-operate with the plans suggested by the Manager.
Fifth, that we elect Rev. E. Hightower to fill the place on our Orphanage
Board made vacant by the transfer of Dr. B. R. Bolton from our Conference.
And, lastly, that we so talk up our work that the public will be interested
not only in the Orphanage work generally, but in our own work in particular.
T. E. BOWMAN, Chairman.
W. J. MAYHEW, Secretary.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD.
The reports of our preachers show a great advance in Sunday School work
in our Conference. At once we are improving as we are enlarging, therefore
while the growth is rapid, it is normal and permanent.
Our Sunday School literature is in favor with our people and we rejoice
that the day has come when we can get the best in the world from our own
department. The total circulation of our Sunday School periodicals is 1,679,-
300, being an increase of about 50,000 copies in the past year.
We recommend the new graded lessons for our beginners-Primary and
Junior classes. They are specially adapted to our children of these grades and
superior to the uniform International Lessons.
Department of Teacher-Trainirg.
At the date of the Editor's report to the General Conference of 1910, which
is the latest general summary of the Department of Teacher-Training, Dr.
Hamill had enrolled 1,200 Study Circles and nearly 20,000 students. The
adoption of two training courses in place of one, as heretofore-viz., the
"First Standard Course" and the "Advanced Course"-has fitted the work
more closely to the needs of the many young people who are willing to take
the easier elementary training as contained in the "Legion of Honor" Course.
In consequence the larger number of classes now being organized are of young
people meeting at the Sunday School hour, under an appointed teacher, as a
regular class in the school, with the Legion of Honor lessons as their texts
instead of the Uniform International Lesson. Many pastors and superin-
tendents, seeing the practicability of such a picked class of young Christians
during the hour of the regular session, are forming such classes and are mak-
ing favorable reports of them to Dr. Hamill. Such a class is within the duty
and power of 'every pastor to maintain, and it offers the surest and quickest
method of recruiting trained teachers.
Wesley Adult Bible Classes.
We have been greatly profited by the visit and service of Dr. Chas. D. Bulla,
Superintendent of our Wesley Adult Bible Class Department.
Looking to the federation of all adult classes in the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, the General Conference, in May, provided for the Wesley Adult
Bible Class Department. The General Sunday School Board has formulated a
Constitution for Wesley Classes, organized for the training of Christian char-
acter for Christian service, in the extension of Christ's kingdom, by means of
Bible study, mutual helpfulness, and social fellowship.
We earnestly recommend that all classes enroll in the Department, that
there may be unity of policy and action in this movement, that seeks to
gather men and women together in Bible study and send them out in helpful
For information concerning the Department and the work of organized
classes address Rev. Charles D. Bulla, 810 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/48/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.