« AnteriorContinuar »
preted is applicable to the case then pending. An Annual Conference shall have a right to appeal from such decision to the College of Bishops, whose decision in such case shall be final. And no Episcopal decision shall be authoritative except in the case pending, nor shall any such be published, until it shall have been approved by the College of Bishops. And each Bishop shall report in writing to the Episcopal College, at an annual meeting to be held by them such decisions as he has made, subsequently to the last preceding meeting; and all such decisions, when approved by the College of Bishops, shall be recorded in a permanent form, and published in such manner as the Bishops shall agree to adopt; and when so approved, recorded, and published, they shall be authoritative interpretations or constructions of the law.
Ans 7. When presiding in an Annual Conference, to hear and decide appeals from the decisions of the
president of a Quarterly Conference on questions of law, and the questions contained in the appeal, together with the Bishop's decision, shall be recorded on the journal of the Conference.
Ans. 8. To see that the Districts be formed according to his judgment: provided, that no District shall contain more than twenty appointments.
Ans. 9. To divide a circuit, station, or mission, into two or more, when he judges it necessary.
Ans. 10. To travel during the year, as far as practicable, through the Presiding Elders' Districts which may be included in his Episcopal District, in order to preach and to oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of the Church.
SECTION III. OF PRESIDING ELDERS. T 63. Ques. 1. What are the duties of a Presiding Elder?
Ans. 1. To travel through his appointed District, in order to preach and to oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of the Church.
Ans. 2. In the absence of the Bishop, to take charge of all the traveling and local preachers and exhorters, in his District.
Ans. 3. To change, receive, and suspend preachers in his District, during the intervals of the Conferences, and in the absence of the Bishop, as the Discipline directs.
Ans. 4. To be present, as far as practicable, at all the quarterly-meetings, and call together the members of the Quarterly Conference, over which he shall also preside.
Ans. 5. To decide all questions of law which may come up in the regular business of the Quarterly Conference, when submitted to him in writing, subject to an appeal to the President of the next Annual Conference; but in all cases the application of law shall be with the Quarterly Conference, which shall record in its journal all such questions and decisions. Ans. 6. To take care that
every part of the Discipline be enforced in his District; to promote, by all proper means, the cause of Missions and Sunday-schools, and the publication, at our own press, of tracts and Sundayschool books; to inquire carefully, at each Quarterly Conference, whether the rules respecting the instruction of children have been faithfully observed; whether the preacher in charge administers the sacraments, holds Church
Conferences, enforces moral discipline, and attends to the collections assessed in his charge; and to report to the Annual Conference the names of all the delinquent traveling preachers within his District.
Ans. 7. To attend the Bishops when present in his District, and to give them, when absent, all necessary information, by letter, of the state of his District.
Ans. 8. To direct the candidates for the ministry to those studies recommended for them by the Bishops.
Ans. 9. To procure at the fourth Quarterly Conference full statistics from every charge, to be reported at the Annual Conference, in case the preacher in charge fails to make his report, and to have the records of his District Conferences at the Annual Conference for examination.