Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 58
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58 CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL
Your Board has approved this plan and has made the neces-
sary appropriation. The Board of the West Texas Conference
took the same action. The approval of one or more of the
remaining Annual Conferences will make the plan effective.
AVe urge our presiding elders to arrange for institutes early
in the year, and we tender them the services of this office in
carrying out their plans. The chief difficulty in rendering
effective even the smaller institute lies in the fact that many
superintendents and teachers who need to attend these meetings
are so situated that they cannot be away from home at night
nor for more than a few hours at a time. Some districts have
met this difficulty in part by one-day sectional meetings. We
therefore suggest that in districts where railroad facilities render
the plan feasible a one-day institute be held for superintendents,
another for teachers, and perhaps another for pastors. Let the
time then spent be given, not to speech-making, but to actual
discussion of real problems.
Where it is not possible for the workers of a district to all
get together in these one-day meetings, we suggest that districts
be divided into convenient groups of pastoral charges, and that
such a meeting be held for each group.
We suggest that our Publishing House be urged to send a
Sunday School exhibit to all Sunday School Conferences and
Institutes that are held under the auspices of our Church. The
educational value of such exhibits is incalculable.
Sunday School in Southern Methodist University.
Your Board also notes with approval the proposal of the
Texas Methodist Educational Commission to establish a Depart-
ment of Sunday Schools in Southern Methodist University.
We commend to your favorable consideration the plan which
the Commission has adopted looking to the raising of a $50,-
000.00 endowment for this Department.
After Conference with Mr. Frank Reedy, who has been placed
in charge of the matter, we make the following suggestions:
First. That the Sunday Schools of Texas, New Mexico and
Oklahoma be asked to raise as soon as possible an endowment
of not less than $50,000.00 for a chair of Sunday School Pedagogy
in Southern Methodist University.
Second. That every Sunday School Board, request the Sunday
Schools under its supervision to devote a- Rally Day collection
for 1914 to this cause, and that special stress be placed upon
Rally Day. J. C. MIMMS, President.
A. D. PORTER, Secretary.
Received on Children's Day Fund before Conference.--$ 679.60
Received at Conference ..-.-------. ------------ 1040
Total receipts for year--------$ 990.00
Balance from last year---------------------------124.27
Grand total..-- --- ----------------$1114.27
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