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at a time which would prevent a full course Disapproved. 3. A Pledge of three
years' Study, demanded by the Board, not Unconstitutional..
VII. The Questions to be Asked of the Candidates......
VIII. The Form of Licensure. A "like form" may be used.
IX. A Candidate, having pursued his Course Partially in one Presbytery, may be taken up
X. Testimonials to be Furnished when a Candidate Removes from the Bounds of his Pres-
XI. License may be Recalled, if the Services of the Licentiate appear not to be to Edification
of the Churches. 1. License Limited to four Years; Presbyteries to Endeavor to
open the way for the Settlement of their Candidates. 2. The above Rule does not
abridge the Power of the Presbytery to License in Extraordinary Cases. 3. Licen-
tiates belong to the Laity, and are Subject to the Session of the Church to which
they Belong; b, But may Solemnize Marriage, where the Laws Expressly Authorize
4. The Discretion of Granting or Withdrawing License is with the Presbytery...... 551
I. Order of Procedure in the Election of a Pastor; The Session to Convene the Congre-
gation. 1. Steps to be taken by a Vacant Congregation, looking to the Election of a
II. Session to Procure a Moderator, unless highly Inconvenient.............
III. Notice to be given on Sabbath from the Pulpit..........
IV. Mode of Procedure in the Election of a Pastor; Who are Debarred from Voting.
a, Those who Refuse to Contribute to his Support; b, The Right of Voting not to be
limited to Communicants, unless expressly so Limited by Charter; c, Overture to
confine the Vote to Communicants not Adopted..........................
d. All Communicant Members may Vote in the Election of a Pastor...............
V. Steps to be taken, in Case of a Minority Opposing.........
VI. Form of the Call. 1. Early Action in the Support of the Ministry, a; Glebe and
Parsonage recommended, b. 2. Adequate Provisions urged, a. b. 3. Liberality urged
in Supporting the Ministry, a, b. 4. Presbytery may Refuse to Install when the
Salary is Insufficient. 5. Congregations urged to procure Parsonages, a, b......... 405
VII. The Call may be Attested by a Committee, but the fact of its being Authorized must be
Certified to Presbytery.......
VIII. The Call given is a Petition of the People for the Installment of the Minister; Ac-
cepted, it is a like Request on his part; A Candidate Ordained on a Call, should at the
Same Time be Installed...........
IX. The Call must come through the Presbytery to which the Candidate belongs, and only
1. The Presbytery may Refuse to Permit a Call, a, b, c.................
X. How a Call may be put into the hands of the Licentiate of another Presbytery.......... 409
XI. Trials for Ordination; In what the Candidate is to be Examined; A Fast before the
Ordination Recommended. 1. Ordination on the Sabbath discouraged, but at the
XII. Order of Exercises in Ordination; Questions. The Assent Embraces the Larger and
XIV. The Ordination, by Prayer and the Laying on of Hands; the Right Hand of Fellow-
XV. Ordination of an Evangelist, to Preach, Administer Sealing Ordinances and Organize
Churches in Destitute Places. 1. To Ordain Evangelists to labor in Feeble Churches
is Lawful and Right. 2. Case of Ordination of one who proposes to continue
Teaching. 3. Ordinations by Presbyteries to labor in the Bounds of other Pres-
byteries Discountenanced. 4. Ordination, sine titulo, a, b, c; Request Refused, d;
Granted, e, f, g, h. 5. Overture on, Rejected, a, b. 6. A Censure for Ordination,
sine titulo, not Sustained........
7. An Evangelist may not Ordain Ministers; 8. Nor Organize a Church within the
OF TRANSLATION, OR REMOVING A MINISTER FROM ONE CHARGE TO ANOTHER.
I. No Bishop shall be Translated, or Receive a Call, but by Permission of Presbytery. 1. Re-
moval without Consent of Presbytery Censured. 2. The Irregularity Excused, but
II. Mode of Proceeding in Calling and Translating a Settled Pastor. 1. Consent of the
III. Order of Procedure, where the Minister Called, and the Congregation Calling him, are
in Different Presbyteries. 1. The Pastor to be Installed must belong to the same
Presbytery with the Church over which he is Installed.............................................
IV. Installment may be by Presbytery, or by a Committee; and in this Order :............... 418
V. On the Day Appointed and Published......
VI. When the Presbytery has met, a Sermon shall be Preached, and the Constitutional Ques-
tions put to Both Parties; A Charge shall be Given to Pastor and People.................. 418
VII. The Right Hand of Fellowship. 1. A Pastoral Relation without Installment
The Steps to be Taken by Either Party Desiring to be Released. 1. Whether the Relation
should be Dissolved at the Time when the Request is made, left to the Discretion
of the Presbytery. 2. The Rule should be Rigidly Enforced. 3. Where the
Parties are Agreed, the Relation may be Dissolved at the First Meeting. 4. A
Meeting of the Congregation, without the Pastor, valid, where he had Requested
the Dissolution. 5. A Synod Sustained where, on Appeal, it Dissolves the Relation,
on Petition of a Minority................
6. Rule XVII. to be strictly Observed and Enforced......
The Duty and Power of the Presbytery, Synod and Assembly, in the matter of Providing for
the Supply of Vacancies. 1. The Standing Committee on Missions Appointed;
Enlarged. 2. The Board of Missions. 3. Powers Enlarged, a, b. 4. Number of
I. THE BOARD OF HOME MISSIONS: Its Constitution, a; Rules, b; Charter, c; En-
abling Act, d..........................................
2. Principles and Rules. 3. The School Work. Organization of a Woman's Society, a;
The Schools in the Territories, b; The Woman's Executive Committee of Home
II. THE BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS. 1. Constitution of the Board. 2. Altera-
tions. 3. The Committee on Foreign Missions. 4. The Organization of the Board
of Foreign Missions, 1870. 5. Alterations necessitated by Legislation. 6. The
III. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. See under Chap. XIV., Sec. I., 3..........................................................
11. Relation of the Missionary and Publishing Departments, a; the Plan Adopted, b.
VI. RELIEF FUND FOR DISABLED MINISTERS AND THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS OF
3. The Board Constituted. 4. The Charter Obtained. 5. The Charter....
VII. THE PRESBYTERIAN COMMITTEE OF MISSIONS FOR FREEDMEN. 1. The Plan
3. Authorized to Apply for a Charter. 4. The Charter Obtained. 5. Relative Duties
and Authority of the Boards and of the Presbyteries, a, b, c.....
3. Sustentation Committed to the Board of Home Missions. 4. The Plan of Sustenta-
3. The Permanent Committee on Systematic Beneficence. Committee Appointed, a;
X. THE TRUSTEES OF THE PRESBYTERIAN HOUSE. 1. Act of Incorporation. 2. Char-
ter Accepted; Duties of the Trustees. 3. To Act as Trustees of the Publication
Committee. 4. Declaration of Trust. 5. Title Executed to the Board of Publica-
tion. 6. Trusts Transferred. 7. By-Laws of the Board............
XI. THE PERMANENT COMMITTEE ON TEMPERANCE. Report of Special Committee, a;
The Committee Reorganized, c....................................................................................... ..................................................................................................
II. The Authority of the Moderator, and his Duties. 1. The Moderator not Necessarily a
Member of the Judicatory......
III. The Moderator to be Chosen at each Session of Assembly and Synod, and by Presbytery
1. The Name of John Witherspoon, D. D., placed at the Head of the List of Moderators.
I. The Clerk to be Chosen to Serve During the Pleasure of the Judicatory. His Duties.
1. The Clerk not Necessarily a Member of the Judicatory..........
OF VACANT CONGREGATIONS ASSEMBLING FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP.
The Importance of Weekly Assembling of God's People; such Assemblies Encouraged for
Prayer, Praise and Reading the Scriptures, etc., and that Elders and Deacons Preside.
1. Vacant Congregations Encouraged to Meet. 2. Elders to be Interrogated as to
the Observance of the Rule. 3. Right of Ruling Elders, in the Absence of the
I. Commissioners to be Chosen at the Stated Meeting of the Presbytery next before the Meeting
of the Assembly, unless the Interval be too Short. In that Case they may be Chosen at any
Stated Meeting not more than Seven Months before; Alternates to be Appointed. 1. The
Rule Relaxed in the Case of Missionary Presbyteries, a, b, c, d, e. 2. Where a Pres-
bytery Failed of a Quorum, the Assembly Refused to Receive a Commissioner, a;
but in a Similar Case of a Missionary Presbytery a Commissioner was Admitted,
on Request of Individuals, b, c, d. 3. Commissioners should Attend to the
Close of the Sessions. Presbyteries to Require a Report on this Point, a, b.
Presbyteries Recommended to Appoint only those who are Able and Willing to
Remain to the Close, c. 4. Commissioners from New Presbyteries, a, to Furnish
Evidence of the Organization of their Presbytery, b. 5. Commissioners, not Ruling
Elders, under the Plan of Union. 6. A Commissioner having taken his Seat may
not Resign to his Principal or Alternate. 7. Rule Dispensed with, under Peculiar
Circumstances, a, b, c, d....
8. The Right of Alternates to Sit is at the Discretion of the Judicatory......
II. The Form of Commission. 1. Sundry Irregularities and Defects in Commissions,
3. Commissions. Defective, a, b; Without, but with Satisfactory Evidence, c; Case of Dr.
III. The Expenses of Delegates should be Borne by the Bodies which they Represent.
1. The Commissioners' Fund. Former Plans. 2. During the Separation, a, b, c.
3. The Plan as Adopted at the Reunion. 4. Presbyteries Enjoined to Secure the
Full Quota. Those Delinquent Censured......
5. The Mileage and Contingent Fund, a. The Fund for Entertainment, b. 6. None
of the Church Judicatories have Power to Assess a Tax. 7. The Contingent Fund
1. Report of the Committee on the Revision of the Book of Discipline. 2. The Revis-
ion Overtured. Method of Voting. 3. The Revised Book Adopted. 4. The Com-
mittee Discharged. 5. Effect of Adoption of the Revised Book on Cases Pending.
6. Certain Sections again Overtured, a; The Vote on these, b. 7. Tables A and B, to
I. Discipline is the Exercise of that Authority, and the Application of the System of Laws
which Christ has appointed in His Church. It includes the Care and Control maintained
II. The Ends of Discipline. Its Exercise. Caution to Judicatories. 1. Prompt Discipline
best fitted to Secure a Happy Issue. 2. The Censure must be Proportionate to the
Offence, a, b, c, d. 3. The Decisions of the Civil Courts not Conclusive in the Judi-
catories of the Church. 4. Every one Entitled to a Fair Trial. 5. A Minister's
Name may not be Stricken from the Roll without his Consent, or by Discipline.
6. Great Tenderness Enjoined..
III. An Offence Defined. MORAL QUESTIONS. 1. Breach of Sabbath Observance.
IV. Nothing an Offence, the Object of Judicial Process, unless Contrary to the Scriptures, or
to the Regulations and Practices of the Church. 1. New Terms of Communion will not
be Sanctioned. 2. Each Case must be Judged by its own Circumstances........... 609
V. All Children of Believers Members of the Church; to be Baptized; under the Care of the
VI. Process against an Offender may not be had without a Prosecutor, or by the Judicatory.
Judicial Cases should be Continued without Interruption........
VII. If the Offender plainly cannot be Convicted, Prosecution should not be Commenced... 611
VIII. No Prosecution of Personal Injury unless Matt. xviii., 15-17, have been complied with.
1. No Testimony may be Introduced injurious to Parties not on Trial, a, b, c...... 611
IX. When Prosecution is Initiated by a Judicatory, Section 8 does not Apply; but Effort
should be made to Avoid the Necessity of Actual Process.......
XI. When Prosecution is Initiated by a Judicatory, it shall Appoint a Committee of Prosecu-
XII. Investigation at the Request of one Slandered. Such Investigation at the Discretion
XIII. Caution in Receiving Accusations from Persons known to be Malignant, of bad Charac-
ter, under Censure, Personally Interested, Litigious, Rash, or Imprudent. Admonition
XIV. Prosecutor to be Warned that if he Fail to Show Probable Cause he shall be Censured as
a Slanderer. 1. Failure to show Probable Cause for Charges involves Censure for
Slander, a, b. 2. The Character of one Absent, and not on Trial, not to be Im-
peached. 3. Censure for Slander may not be Inflicted upon a Private Prosecutor
XV. The Charge shall Set forth the Offence; the Specifications; the Facts relied on; Time,
Place, Circumstances, with Names of Witnesses. 1. The Charges must be Specific, a;
Especially in Cases of Heresy, b, c.....................
XVI. A Charge must Allege but one Offence. Several Charges may be Presented and Tried
at the same Time, but each must be Voted on Separately.....
XVII. An injured Person Prosecuting must Aver that he has faithfully tried the Course pre-
OF PROCESS.-GENERAL RULES PERTAINING TO ALL CASES.
XVIII. Original Jurisdiction over Ministers is in the Presbytery. Over Others, in the Ses-
sion. But the Higher Judicatories may Assume Jurisdiction in Certain Cases....... 617
XIX. What shall be Done when the Judicatory enters on the Consideration of an Offence.
The Charges, etc., Read. Copies Furnished the Accused. Citations Issued. 1. Censure
without Trial Unconstitutional, a, b. 2. A Judicatory may not Suspend without
Trial. 3. Censure of the Absent, without Citation, Disapproved. 4. Exclusion
from the Pulpit, and from Communion, may not be without Trial. 5. The Accused
not Required to Declare what he Expects to Prove by his Witnesses....
XX. Citations, how Served. Proof of Service Required........
XXI. On Refusal to Obey Citation, a Second shall Issue, with Notice. If he still fail to
Appear, the Judicatory, assigning Counsel, may Proceed to Trial. Time for Appearance
on Citation. 1. Contumacy is not to be hastily inferred. 2. Contumacious Restored
on Submission. 3. Contumacy not to be Charged on First Citation. 4. To Proceed
in the Absence of the Accused, without a second Citation, is Irregular. But the
Right to Complain waived by Appearing afterward and Pleading. 5. In the Ab-
sence of the Accused, Counsel must be Assigned. 6. When the Judicatory has taken
the Testimony as above, it may Proceed to Trial and Final Judgment, as if the
XXII. Procedure at the Meeting at which the Citations are Returnable. Appearance of the
Accused. Pleading of Objections, etc. Decision of the Judicatory, to Proceed or not.
The Plea, "Guilty, or not Guilty." Procedure in either Case........
XXIII. The Examination of Witnesses. Evidence Discovered during Trial. The Parties
heard. The Judicatory shall sit in Private. Vote on each Charge and Specification Sep-
arately. Judgment Entered. 1. The Withdrawal of Parties, Counsel, etc., to be Con-