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THE DUTIES, DIFFICULTIES, QUALIFICATIONS, MOTIVES,

AND ENCOURAGEMENTS OF CLASS LEADERS.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

AN INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER ON THE HISTORY AND

SCRIPTURAL BASIS OF CLASS MEETINGS.

BY REV. CHARLES C. KEYS,

OF THE NEW-YORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

NEW YORK:
N ELSON & PHILLIPS.

CINCINNATI: HITCHCOCK & WALDEN.

PUBLIC LIBRARY
281100.

ASTOR, LENOX A
TILDEN FOLITUAS.

1903

Entero - ording to Act of Congress, in the year 1851,

BY LANE & SCOTT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District

of New-York.

PRE FACE.

CLASS-MEETINGS, although somewhat peculiar as a means of grace, have, from a very early period in the history of Methodism, been considered as essential to her prosperity. As a denomination, we are pretty well agreed in placing a high estimate on this means of grace. Our success, as a people, and the rapid enlargement of our Zion, may be attributed, in no small degree, to this and other peculiar appliances, which have been employed among us.

. But as classes consist of those “smaller companies,” into which “each society is divided,” and “one of whom is styled the leader," it is evident that they cannot be maintained without this officer. We accordingly find, that wherever a Methodist Church is, there are to be

found not only classes, but class-leaders. They - are introduced with the itinerancy wherever this form of Christianity prevails, and become an important instrumentality in “spreading” and maintaining that “Scriptural holiness,” the promotion of which is its great design. But it is to be feared that there is a growing indifference to this DUP. EXCH. 23 JAN 1903

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