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to the office of deacon and elder on the recommendation of the superintendent and resident missionaries; or, if there be none, at his discretion.

SECTION IX.
OF SUPĖRNUMERARY PREACHERS.

T 76. Ques. What is a supernumerary preacher?

Ans. 1. A supernumerary preacher is one who is so disabled by affliction as to be unable to preach constantly, but is willing to do any work in the ministry which the Bishop may direct, and he may be able to perform.

Ans. 2. A supernumerary relation shall not be granted by an Annual Conference, except on the recommendation of a Committee on Conference Relations, consisting of not less than seven members, to be appointed by the

Conference, to whom such application shall have been referred. Nor shall said committee, in making up their decision, take into consideration any thing else than the personal disability of the applicant: provided, however, that in case said committee report adversely, the Conference, by a vote of not less than three-fourths of the members present, may grant said application.

Ans. 3. A supernumerary preacher who refuses to attend to the work assigned him, unless in case of sickness or other unavoidable cause or causes, shall not be allowed to exercise the functions of his office, ,nor even to preach among us; nevertheless, the final determination of the case shall be with the Annual Conference of which he is a member, which shall have power to acquit, suspend, locate, or expel him, as the case may be.

SECTION X. OF SUPERANNUATED PREACHERS.

977. Ques. What is a superannuated preacher ?

Ans. 1. A superannuated preacher is one who is worn out in the itinerant service.

Ans. 2. A superannuated relation shall not be granted by an Annual Conference, except on the recommendation of a Committee on Conference Relations, consisting of not less than seven members, to be appointed by the Conference, to whom such application shall have been referred. Nor shall said committee, in making up their decision, take into consideration any thing else than this question, viz.: Is the applicant really worn out in the itinerant service? Provided, however, that in case said committee report adversely, the Conference, by a vote of

not less than three-fourths of the members present, may grant said application.

Ans. 3. A superannuated preacher, living out of the bounds of the Conference of which he is a member, shall be held responsible to the Annual Conference within whose bounds he may reside, which shall have power to try, acquit, suspend, or expel him, in the same manner as if he were a member of said Conference.

SECTION XI. OF LOCAL PREACHERS. 978. Ques. 1. What directions are given concerning the licensing of persons to preach?

Ans. 1. The Quarterly Conference shall have authority to license proper .persons to preach, and to renew their licenses annually, when, in its judgment, their gifts, grace, and usefulness will warrant it.

Ans. 2. No person shall be licensed to preach without the recommendation of the Church of which he is a member, or of the leaders’-meeting of the charge to which he belongs. Nor shall any one be licensed to preach without first being examined in the Quarterly Conference on the subject of doctrines and discipline, and giving satisfactory evidence of his knowledge of the ordinary branches of an English education; nor shall any license be valid unless signed by the President and the Secretary of the Conference.

79. Ques. 2. What shall be the time of probation of a local preacher for the office of a deacon?

Ans. A local preacher shall be eligible to the office of a deacon after he.

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