Excerpt from The Christian Annual, 1928: Statistics for 1927
Burnett, D. Who served as Secretary of the Convention for a third of a century.
It is the purpose of The Annual to gather the facts of importance from all of the churches through their reports to their conferences. The secretaries of the conferences tabulate those reports and send them to the Convention office.
The value of The Annual in matters of accuracy of information depends upon the faithfulness and accuracy of the records kept by the churches and the thoroughness with which they are reported to the conference. The office of church clerk is therefore one of great im portance, both that the church records may be kept and that the church be faithfully represented to the denomination and the world.
Conference secretaries have a great opportunity as well as a great responsibility in tabulating, in accuracy, correctness of names, addresses, details, and promptness. Churches and conferences have not always' appreciated the value of good secretaries.
The Annual not only contains data of churches, but a full directory of ministers, both ordained and licentiate, with their addresses; a list of those who have closed their earthly work during the year; lists of other events of interest in the denomination, such as organization of new churches, ordinations of ministers, dedications and rededications of churches, parsonages, coll buildings, and other events of importance. In it are the regional convention, conference, and Kdenominational officers and boards.
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