Excerpt from Minutes of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Session of the Bigbee Baptist Association: Held With Sumterville Baptist Church, Sumter Co., Ala., September 9th, 10th and 11th, 1886
Your ('ommittec on Ministerial Education heg leave to report: That. It is gratifying to note the increased interest on the part. Of our great de nomination concerning the matter of a more. Thorough training of our ministers. While we recognize no special standard that must he filled het'ore one can proclaim the truth of God, yet we are anxious to have, everv one desiring to preach, to advance as far as possible in the work of preparation. Upon this idea is the Southern laptist Theological Seminary founded. Lr atllwrds means of instruction alike to those desir ing a partial as well as the fullest course. The course of in'struction given at Howard College to ministerial students is, in no wise, of a theological character - it. Onlv lays the hasis of preparation for a subsequent theolo gical course, or else it. Enables the student to heeome a more etlieient minister than he would he without such mental training-as isatl'orded in the regular college nhnn. Voluntary course of lectures upon the most practical topics are annually delivered het'ore the ministerial stlt dents at Howard College. T the last session of the lahama Baptist State conventig'rn the Board of Ministerial lctluraticarwas removed from.
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