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Christian Times (Newspaper) - October 20, 1854, London, Middlesex October 20, 1854. The Christian times. 665 a Vole of thanks to Ivor. Mav Sdun for the valuable paper he and read was then passed a proposal to print it being deferred to another Opportunity. The Hon and Kev. B. W. Noi i. Rose for the purpose of exp rest ing Liis objection to the Icli Minnery to citing proposed by or. Jordan. To in Siun try Soei tics w Nihl All be no in arms. It would be fur better that the Alliance Sli Ould not concern itself with any ulterior conferences but should confine itself to the wish Liat All missionary operations should be conducted in a spirit of kindness and seek to spirit at Home As Well As Abrail. If it did it would Meneou incr a Good Deal of opposition and probably would not reap any ultimate Success. Or. I Jook a repudiated the idea of the proposed conference interfering in any Way with the existing societies. The Rev. Scott having offered prayer the conference adjourned. In the evening the chair was taken by sir culling a Quiley. After the devotional exercises the introduced the subject of the evening lie said if Ever Ali arc was a time which acc paired the concentration of Christian cavort both Christendom and Heathen Dom that time was the present. C hoped that Cpd would open no the Way for some i rate real measures however limited in which men might unite together in behalf of missionary Enterprise. In order to such a Union men required that some practical of Yoi to should he Laid before them and if that object were Only the establishment of a joint missionary institution where All the trophies and curiosities of Mission Fields should be collected and where information from All quarters might be obtained even that single object might do Good and enable its a promoters to feel their Way to Many others. Hear hear tiie lev. A Candy read a paper on the following subject " to what extent can a n Active ministry and the itinerant preaching of the Gosiel in distinction Tho pastoral Oil ice be advantageously increased in conducting missionary operations a native ministry he said might Phiedy be employed in the Ier Forn Ianco of pastoral duties while regular missionary work namely itinerant preaching Milit be specially committed to european missionaries. That was the system which experience had led the Churchi missionary society to adopt. Native ministers were employed As pastors Over native congregations several of Buchli being Jill cd under the Sutier Intendente of a qualified european presbyter whilst the duty of disseminating the gospel among the Heathen was More coup fitted to euro Jean missionaries. Liis appeared to be following the apostolic example As Paul and Ija Nabas having been blessed by god in spreading the gospel ordained ciders or presbyters in every City manifestly from among Tho converts while they passed on and preached the gospel in other places. The question to be considered was the extent to which a native ministry might be employed. Ordinarily the introduction of the gospel into any country must of necessity he accomplished by foreign missionaries. Only a few such ministers could be obtained and they nudist therefore necessarily look for native be without which i their Jiro Gress must to slow and their labours not permanent. A native s knowledge of the idioms of Tho language and the peculiarities of the customs of the people would probably be much greater than a foreigner could acquire and his in Iunce Over his countrymen would be More powerful. Native helpers need not be limited to ordained ministers but should include catch lists strip Turc read tvs and schoolmasters these advancing from step to step according to their capacity and Cypei Ienco. The Chi Layment of such men was More in a Octant than was commonly supposed. When Carel idly selected they were most valuable auxiliaries. Ordained natives should be made use of As far As circumstances would allo a hut until god raised up among them men whose superiority and pre Eminence should be undeniable it would be sex client to Lack the native Agency to a certain extent under the supervision and control of suitable foreign missionaries who possessed larger knowledge and greater experience. As to the Standard of qualification there would be great differ once of opinion. He believed the most essential qualifications were Given not acquired and the Best Way to obtain men possessing them was to i Rny to the lord of the Harvest to Send to lick. The qualifications which the word of god declared to be requisite were to to found in 1 Tim. Iii., and the Church had no right to add to them. He or. Candy would encourage the learning of English among the native ministry hut to would not make it a sine reaching from town to town Lor ten Days or a fortnight together. What was now wanted was a larger number of labourers. Christians at Home were not sufficiently aware of the free Access which missionaries As religious teachers had to All classes of the population in India. They should Pray earnestly that men might be Nitro willing to go and the Church More willing to make sacrifices in order to Send them. The chairman a in gusted whether it Widd not he expedient to have some persons set apart for itinerant without engaging at All in pastoral duties so that by excluding the Luis tons of in Tim and the lord s Sun Eicr All christians might unite in Siti porting them. The lev. . A Hook said there was an impression on the of Many sincere christians Lesii scially in the Ino Vinces that missionary societies did not pay sufficient attention to the subject of constituting self supporting native churches and so appropriating Tho funds to the establishment of missions in other Jiaras. He should have been glad if the officers of some of Tho a i Cipal societies had been present As they might have said something to Dos Poliat idea which probably was a mistaken one. Or Ein adverted to the importance of the native ministry and suggested that native agents Milit now he instrumental in spreading tic g sick amongst the insurgent chinese no foreigner being allowed to com into Tae Ping Wang s army. The Kev. Or. M urged the expediency of separating the offices of i Vang lists and pastors Sci scially in regard to missionary operations. The Llev. W. E. T to Tom was doubtful whether the appointment of a distinct of , in Art from the ministry would to expedient. He thought the work of evangelizing should be entrusted chiefly to the Christian ministry. In. Foley alluded to the benefits which to said had Arisen in Ireland from itinerant labours Ami re commended the adoption of the same system in other lands. The lev. To r. thought there had been a tendency to dwell rather Loo much upon the desirability of thrusting Forward native converts into the Mission work. That was Only one Side of the truth the other should not be overlooked. The said not Novice lest being lifted up with i ride he fall into the condemnation of the even Paul was not called at once into Iti Nerancy. He preached at a Nias Cus immediately Afier he was converted As a testimony of the reality of the change but then to went to Arabia and there continued for nearly three years in a course of silent it was not until some time after his return that he took his first missionary journey. The Rcv or Steak thought that the Church did not carry out Tho Princi Iilo involved in the last co Mission of Christ " go to unto All the world and preach the gospel to every about Twenty four years after that commission the apostle Paul stated that Tho gospel had been n reached to every kingdom under heaven. Modern missions had been established some sixty years and yet nothing like so much Progress had been made As Paul s words even if not taken literally would indicate. He thought missionary societies instead of settling Down in cer Tain Large cities and establishing their schools and printing presses would Send Forth their labourers to preach Tho gospel from place to i lace no matter with what result and never allowing them to remain Long in a single District a very Dii Lerent result would to produced. Or St canc concluded by recommending open air preaching in this country As an of Letual Means of reaching the masses of the people who never attended regular places of worship Tho proceedings were concluded by prayer. Flu Day Oor. It at the morning sitting Tho chair was occupied by major , who after Tho devotional exercises opened Tho proceedings by stating the subject for Tho morning s discussion what Are Tho \ script ii Ftp Sluch Shoul ,\eit9. Anil limit our Hopes in reference to the conversion of tic Heathen to a saving Eastli in Christi after paying a tribute to the beneficial Power of the gospel m Tho Heathen converts As witnessed by himself during a lengthened sni uni in India he referred to what he i Siisi Decd the unreasonable a die stations entertained Liv Many Rei pectin i in Success of efforts. Lie Qiu led Sim Al passages of scripture with a View of showing Ali Progn of inc would to slower than Many imagined and that Emch seed would be sown without producing aug fruit. An undue expectation of the results to he obtained from missionary Enterprise often produced discouragement and disappointment in the end. When Henry pox first went out to expected that of the people would be Iven Tolizin hut after four or five years his views were considerably modified and he discovered that while Shegos Al civilised the , it convert

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