The Methodist Review Volume 32-33

The Methodist Review Volume 32-33

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...power of the bishops. Several oifenses are recognized as disqualifications, by which the traveling preacher may forfeit his position in the ministry. The first of these is immorality. The presiding elder, to whom the current report may come, or to whom a written charge may be presented, is required to appoint a committee of investigation. This the elder does as the representative of the bishop. If the committee report, upon the investigation of the case, that the accused is guilty, he is ipsofacto suspended until the session of the Annual Conference, when a bill of charges must be preferred and the case tried by a committee appointed by the President of the Conference for the purpose. Previous to 1866 these cases were tried in open Conference, but the necessity for removing the venue to a smaller jury became evident to all who witnessed some of the unavoidable proceedings of the general court in a Conference session. Delay in the business of the Conference was inevitable and the presentation of matters not calculated to edify, but essential to the examination of arrested character, compelled a change of our processes of trial. A jury consisting of nine or thirteen elders, the lowest and the highest limit, must be appointed for the trial of the case. If a presiding elder should be the person accused, any three of the elders or deacons of his district may first inquire into the facts; and if they believe the accused to be guilty, they report the case to the bishop who has jurisdiction at that time. The bishop appoints the committee of investigation, who may be taken from any part of the Annual Conference, and if these three elders pronounce the accused guilty, he is thereby suspended until the session of the Annual Conference, when his case...
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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751515
  • 9781236751515