The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad Volume 9

The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...and which may sometimes be hostile to the edification of the whole congregation, by keeping it vacant much longer than is necessary or useful. Still the inquiries I have stated, if discreetly used, may be very advantageous. They may serve to direct your attention to those qualities in a pastor, which are the most estimable; and a reasonable proportion and combination of which you ought to require. Piety, prudence, knowledge, diligence and aptness to teach, you should consider as indispensable. Solid and durable qualities are much to be preferred before any which arc not likely to be lasting, however they may dazzle and charm for a season. a If a candidate for your choice, as a pastor, has been educated among yourselves, or has lived for a considerable time within the sphere of your own observation, there will, of course, be less difficulty in ascertaining his real character and talents. But if he be a foreigner, or have come to you from a distance, remember that much more reliance should be placed on the information and opinions which you may obtain from others, who shall have known him familiarly and fully, than on any impression which he may have made on your own minds, by a few public discourses and a few personal interviews. The latter are often fallacious, and ought, if possible, never to be trusted, if they do not harmonize with the former. So many instances have occurred of unworthy and insufficient men in the sacred office, gaining the hearts of the people and obtaining speedy settlements in important stations, to the unspeakable injury of the church afterwards, that I should feel inexcusable, if I did not put you upon your guard against this danger. In all cases, beware of too much haste, in choosing the man to whom is to be more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544757
  • 9781236544759