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Full text of "Minutes of the eleventh annual session of the Montgomery Baptist Association (Ala.) 1892"

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MINUTES 



-OF THE- 



ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



—OF THE— 



Djontigomei'il Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH 



.owndesboro Baptist Church, Lowndes County, Ala.. 

July 19 and 20, 1S92. 



Or'I^ICEISS. 



B. A. JACKSON. Moderator Ramer, Ala. 

J.' I LAMAR, Clerk DeatsvUle, Ala. 

J. H. DICKSON, Treasurer Pine Level, Ala. 

Who also constitute the Executive Boa)'d of the Association. 



T/ie next session will be held with P^-attville Church, 
Tuesday, July iS, l8gj. 



MONTGOMERYjf ALA.; 
THE ALABAMA PRINTING COMPANY, 








NAMES AND POSTOFFICES OF MINISTERS. 


G. B. 


Eager, D. D Montgomery, Ala. 


W. M 
C. W. 
W.J. 


Harris " 


Hare " " 


Elliott 


B. A. 

J. Fal 
J Hi 
^V. H 
W. G 
N. A. 


.lackson Ramer. " 


kner Montgomery. " 


cks 


. B otb Prattville, 


Sullivan t Rail Branch, " 


Moore Center Point, " 


LICENTIATES. 


R. W 


B. Merrit*^ Montgomerj', Ala. 


G. M. 


Harrington Tallassee, 




ASSOCIATION DISTRICTS 


Firsr District— W- turupka, Bethany, Prattville, Mt. Hebron, Deatsville, 


Sboal Creek, Coi'sada. 


Seconrl Districi — Pine Level, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Zion, Lowndesboro, 


Hayneville. 


Third D strict— First Montgomery, Adams Street, Ramer, Bethesda, Phil- 


a'ielphia, Fi iendsbip. 




ORDER OF BUSINESS. 


1. 


Assocat'on called to order by Moderator. 


2 


Appoint C'^mmiltfe on Credentials. 


3. 


I'itr('duct'>ry Serrnon. 


4 


Fix Timeof'Meeti' g and Adjournir^g. 


0. 


Appoint Miiderat'>r Clerk and Trt-a«urer. 


6. 


Receive Corres; ondenc" and Vi>itors. 


7 


Receive petit'ons from Churchps desiring membership. 


S. 


Appoint Committee to report during session — 




On Religious Ex'^rcises. 




On Financf^ and Auditing. 




On State < f 'he Churches. 




Oi) Nominations. 


9 


Read Rules of Order. 


10. 


Hear R-ports fom Committees and Treasurer. 


11. 


Return Corre.'pondenc*'. 


12. 


Appoint Committees to report at next meeting— 




On Hon)e and State Missions. 




On Foreign Missions. 




On Sabba h Schools. 




On T»^mperance. 




On Education. 




On Bible and Col portage. 




On Ministerial Education. 




On Indigent Ministers. 




On Woman's Work 


13. 


Hear Miscellaneous Business. 


14 


Call Roll and erase absentees. 


15. 


Arrange for printing Minutes." 


16. 


Correct Minutes and adiourn. 




• ' 



nyniisrTJTEs. 



The Montgomery Baptist Association convened in eleventh an- 
nual session with Lowndesboro Baptist church, Lowndes county, 
Alabama, on Tuesday, July 19, 1892, at 10 o'clock a. m. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator, Elder 
B. A. Jackson. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by Elder J. Falkner. 

Appointed Committee on Credentials, as follows: G. W. Ellis, 
A. H. Eubank, J. N. Norris. 

The principal and alternate being absent, by request of the As- 
sociation, Elder W. M. Harris preached the Introductory Sermon; 
text: Philippians 3:13-14: "Brethren, I count not myself to have 
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things 
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are 
before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus." 

The Committee on Credentials made report as follows: 

Adams Street, Montgomery — W. M. Harris, G. W. Ellis, A. A. Poindex- 
ter, S. W. Turner. 

Bethany — W. P. Dawson. 

Bethfsda— J. T. Boyd. 

Coosada — Letter ; no delegate. 

Deatsville — J. I. Lamar. 

Friendship — W. G. Sullivant, C. V. Collier. 

HayneviU'e— A. B. Couch, U. G. W. Powell. 

Lowndesboro — W. J. Elliott, P. X. Cilley, R. Meadows. 

First Montgomery— J. Falkner, Dr. G. B. Eager, C. W. Hare, W. J. Elli- 
ott, J. G. Harris. 

Mt. Hebron — J. N. Norris, A. C. Williams. 

Mt. Lebanon — Not represented. 

Mt. Zion — Amos Jones, G. W. Johnson, Jr. 

Philadelphia — Not represented. 

Pine Level — J. H. Dickson, A. H. Eubank. 

Prattville— E. E. Gresham, R. Anderson, W. F, Sadler, J. B. Bell. 

Ramer — B A. Jackson, J. R. McLendon. 

Shoal Creek — Not represented. 

Wetumpka — W. E. Lacey, C. C. Edwards, L. G. Sedberry. 

On motion the present officers were elected by acclamation, as 
follows: Elder B. A. Jackson, Moderator; Bro. J. I. Lamar, 
Clerk; Bro. J. H. Dickson, Treasurer. 

Bro. J. G. Harris presented to the Moderator a gavel he had 
ordered made by a blind boy of Talladega county, Ala., which was 
accepted with thanks. 

On motion, appointed W. M. Harris, J . H. Dickson and C. W. 
Hare a Committee on Order of Business. 

The following were appointed chairmen of standing committees 
in place of those absent: 



Home and State Missions — Elder W. M. Harris. 
Education— Dr. B. F. Riley. 
Bible and Col portage — J. B. Bell. 

Ministerial Education — Was added to the list and Dr. W. C. Cleveland to 
report. 

Invited visitors and correspondents to seats and received as 

follows: 

Visitors — Elder P. M. Callaway, Newton, Ala ; Dr W. C. Bledsoe, Vice 
President of Foreign Mission Board for Alabama; Eld'^r W. B. Crumpton, 
Corresponding Secretary State Mission Board of Alabima; Elder G. S An- 
derson, Vice President Home Mission Board ; ]>r W. 0. Cleveland, Presi- 
dent Board of Ministerial Education; Dr. B. F Riley, President Howard 
College, Alabama; Dr. J. T. Murfee, President Marion Military Institute, 
Alabama; Dr. S. W. Averett, President Judson Female losiituie, Alabama; 
Elder C. W. Hare, editor Alabama Baptist; Professor J. M. Mclver, Scotts- 
boro College, Alabama. 

On motion, M . Tiler, colored, was recognized as pastor of the 
colored Baptist church at Lowndesboro, Ala. 
Adjourned to 3:30 o'clock p. m. 
Prayer by Dr, W. C. Cleveland. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Met and resumed business. 

Prayer by Elder J. Falkner. 

Religious exercises conducted by Dr. W. C.. Bledsoe. 

Called for petitionary letters from newly constituted churches 
or churches dismissed from other associations. None received. 

Committee on Order of Business made report, which was par- 
tially adopted, and the report on Sabbaih -schools read and dis- 
cussed, and after being amended, was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Your committee, after consulting with the brethren, decided not to hold 
any Sunday-school convention the present y^ar, but otfered their services to 
the Centennial Mission Board, to do what they oou'd in holifing mission 
meetings with the churches. We recommend the continuing of a Sunday- 
school committee as heretofore. We are encouragpH, for we 6n'i that the 
Sunday-school interest is growing in our chu'che^ First Montgoniery, Phil- 
adelphia, Mt. Lebanon, Shoal Creek and Hayn':villc churches have no let- 
ters; in the live churches four have no Sunday tcho l", and of the thirteen 
churches with letters, only one report no Sunday-bchool. Therefore, of the 
eighteen churches, all have Sunday schools except Philadelphia, Mt. Leb- 
anon, Shoal Creek, Mt. Zion and Hayneville. We urge the consideration of 
holding Sunday-school mass meetings once or twiceduring the yetr, ateach 
church. We also recommend to the Sunday schools of the Association that 
each take a collection for missions the first Sabbath in each month. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Je.sse H Dtckson, Ch'n Com. 

Appointed the following committees to report during this 
session; 

On Finance and Auditing — G. W. Ellis, A. H. Eubank and W. E. Lacey. 

State of the Churches— J. G. Harris, J. T. Boyd, P. N. Cilley and W. G. 
Sullivant. 

Nominations — J. R. McLendon, Amos Jones. U. G. W. Powell and W. F. 
Sadler. 



The hour of ii o'clock to-morrow morning was selected for Dr. 
G. B. Eager to preach the Missionary sermon in place of Dr. W. 
Harris, who had died since the last session of the Association. 

Adjourned. Prayer by Dr. W. C. Bledsoe. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

After reading the reports on State, Home and Foreign Missions, 
Elder W. B. Crumpton was given the time to illustrate, by his 
"Missionary Map of the World," the progress and results of the 
mission work, which he did to an attentive and interested audi- 
ence. 

Adjourned. Prayer by Elder G. S. Anderson. 

WEDNESDAY. 

MORNING SESSION. 

The Association met . Devotional exercises led by Elder W. 
M. Harris. 

The subject of Missions was further considered, and adoption 
of the reports deferred until after preaching the Missionary Ser- 
mon. 

The report on Ministerial Education was read, and after an 
address by Dr. W. C. Cleveland, pledges for support of ministers 
of Howard College, to be paid December and February next, as 
follows: 

Wetumrka church $25 00 Mt. Hebron church $ 5 00 

Adams S'reet church 25 00 Friendship church 5 00 

Raraercburch 10 00 Bethany church 10 00 

Mt. Zion church 10 00 Havueville church 5 00 

Pra'tville church 15 00 DeatsviUe church 5 00 

Bethesda church 5 00 First church, Montgomery... lOU 00 

Pine Le. el church 10 00 Mt. Lebanon church 5 00 

Lowndesboro church 15 00 

Total $250 00 

The report was then adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDL'CATION. 

Your committee respectfully report: 

Resolved, 1. Thfititisthe sease of this Association that the work com- 
mitted to the Board of Ministerial Education is equal in importance to any 
fostered by this bodv. 

Resolved, 2. That we urge our churches to sympathize with it prayerfully 
and support it libe'-ally with contributions to be paid in November and 
February. 

Resolved, 3. That the Committee on Ministerial Education be made one 
of the standing committees of the Association. 

W. C. Cleveland, Chairman. 

The Missionary sermon was preached by Dr. G. B. Eager. 
Text: Hebrews 10:32,35. Subject, "Light from the past; or 
lessons from a century of missions." 



A collection was taken for missions amounting to $52.55 by 
cash and pledges, to be sent to Elder W. B. Crumpton, Marion, 
Ala., in thirty days. 

Reports on Missions were amended and adopted as follows: 

REFORT ON STATE AND HOME MISSIONS. 

We are under the command, and therefore under the obligation, to carry 
the gospel to all the world. The work of the State Mission Board is of great 
importance taken in connection with this command and this responsibility, 
for two reasons: 

1. Because this State Is a part of the whole world, and the inhabitants of 
its unevangelized dark places are as much entitled to an opportunity for 
salvation as any other people on earth. 

2. Because it is only by making missionaries of our home people that we 
can be the great force that we ought to be in the world's evangelization. 

It is not necessary to give utterance to so plain a fact as that of the neces 
sity for our sustaining with our sympathy or prayers, our active co-opera- 
tion and our means this great work. 

We would call especial attention, with heartiest commendation, to the 
missionary meetings instituted by the Corresponding Secretary of the State 
Mission Board, known as Baptist Rallies These meetings, held «t central 
points in the various Association?, and to wliich the ni altitudes come to 
hear the best talent and consecration of surrounding churches discuss the 
great theme of missions, are educating in their effects, and this is what is 
needed — missionary education, missionary training. 

The Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention began the 
last conventional year with a debt of $10,000, and the obligation to pay 
$20,000 during the year on the Havana house, and in order to meet this $30,- 
000, it was necessary to reduce expenses, which the Board assures us 
accounts for the fact that the general results of its operations are somewhat 
reduced. 

The report, however, made at the last set-sion of the Sonthern Baptist 
Convention, is cheerful, hopeful and inspiring. The 830,000 was paid. 

With the great tide of immigration that is sweeping into and over this 
country, bringing with it great currents of atheism, infidelity and "baptized 
heathenism," if we are to have a great Christian nation upon which the 
world must largely depend for the gospel, we must support the great work 
of Home Missions; and. 

Whereas, The State Mission Board has requested the Montgomery Associ- 
ation to try to raise for missions and colportage the sum of $2,000; 
therefore. 

Resolved, 1. That a committee be appointed to apportion to the churches 
the amount suggested. 

Resolved, 2. That the pastors and churches be urged to aj point one Sun- 
day in each month to take collections for mis-ion purpoi-es. 

W. M. Harkis Chairman. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

This is the centennial year of modern missions. One hundred years ago 
the plan for executing the last command of our Savior, "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel," was inaugurated. The evangefization of the 
world was the aim and purpose. At that date there was not a gate to any 
heathen nation open to our missionaries Taking their lives in their hands, 
they went forth to the battle. In victory or defeat, in sunshine or in storm, 
wherever they were, their trust was in God It would till poge after page 
and volume after volume, to give a proper and explicit history of the mis- 
sion work during the past one hundred years. Now every clime, nation and 
country can be entered by our missionaries, and there they can preach the 
unsearchable riches of Christ Our succfssfui work is gratif.\ing. The 
report to the Southern Baptist Convention concludes with the following: 



"It is with gratitude that the Board thus reports the most prosperous 
year, on the field, ever recorded. Never has there been so much preaching 
and teacliiup;; never so many baptisms. The future seems unprecedentedly 
bright That clouds have passed over some of the missions is as true 
as that the greatest good frequently comes from seeming evil. There is 
nothing that the Board sees ahead vrhicb, in their opinion, does not betoken 
greater progress to our work; and the prospect at home is even more cheer- 
ing than that abroad. The thunder and lightning which have disturbed 
some in a small area of our territory have cleared the atmosphere in that 
limited sphere, and given promise of more healthfulness and earnestness of 
action. Truly, in the judgment of the BoaAl, there has never been, in the 
history of the Southern Baptist Convention, interest in the cause of the 
world's evangelization so wide-spread and increasing. This judgment is 
formed from the spirit and statements of correspondents, the missionary 
news and publications of our denominational papers, the demand for relig- 
ious literature, and a kind of glowing missionary atmosphere among the 
churches and in the associations and conventions wherever one goes in our 
Southern States The reason for this state of things is not hard to find. 
The Centennial year is upon us. Grand and arousing speeches have been 
made by earnest, eloquent men. Oar consecrated women have never been 
more enthusiastically and .sagaciously engaged in kindling and increasing 
interest. Many pastors have revived the monthly concert for prayer, and 
more frequently refer to the subject of foreign missions in their sermons 
and lectures, and more regularly and more heartily bring the cause, in their 
public prayers, before a throne of grace. The Centennial Committee is also 
at work with its plans and efforts. And there can be no doubt that in the 
Sunday school, and in the home, and in the marts of business, there is more 
than usual prayer and conversation on the subject. Another cause is the 
multitude of missionary documents that have been scattered among our 
churches. Since Maj' las^, there must have gone out of the mission rooms, 
at Richmond, not less than a hundred thousand tracts, various in the treat- 
ment of the subject of missions, and not a few of them powerful in argu- 
ment and persuasive in appeal. There are many indications that the move- 
ment, plainly started, is to go forward to a grand consummation aimed at 
by the Southern Baptist Convention. 

"But our main ground of hope is hope for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 
This baptism of enlightened minds will lead to longing for the salvation of 
souls and of the world. It will arouse to the sacredness of the great com- 
mifsion, the doom of perishing millions, the honesty of consecrating the 
Lord's means to the Lord's service, the danger of the blood of the nations 
coming upon the head of those who withhold the blood shed for the re- 
demption of the world. And if the Spirit's power be essential for the reali- 
zation and the discharge of duty for the world's evangelization, will He not 
be given, in his awakening and consecrating puissance, in answer to the 
prayer of God's people, ' "in the name of Him" with whom the eternal 
Father covenanted: "Ask of me and I shall give unto thee the heathen for 
an inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession?" In 
the beginning of the Centennial year, what could be more appropriate than 
a week of prayer, recommended by the Convention, for the outpouring of 
the Spirit upon our Southern Zion, that the ends contemplated by this cen- 
tenary, so far as is in accordance with the divine will, may be accomplished, 
and that the time may hasten when the kingdom of this world shall become 
the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ?" 

J. G. Harris, Chairman. 

On motion, Rev. Bro. Boyd, pastor of Lowndesboro M. E . 
church, being present, was invited to a seat. 

Appointed the follow^ing committee to apportion the amounts to 
the churches for missions: J. H. Dickson, A. H. Eubank and J. 
B. Bell. 

Adjourned. Benediction by Elder G. S. Anderson, 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Met and resumed business. Prayer by Dr. B. F. Riley. • 
The Treasurer's report was read and referred to the Auditing 

Committee. 

The committee on apportioning amounts to the churches for 

missions, made their report, which was adopted as follows: 

REPOR* ON APPORTIONMENT. 

Adams Street church $300 00 Friendship church $ 20 00 

First church, Montgomery.... 900 00 Mt. Lebanon church 20 00 

Ramerchurch 60 00 Mt. Zion church 40 00 

Bethesda church 25 00 Wetumpka church 200 00 

Philadelphia church 10 00 Bethany church 50 00 

Pine Level church 60 00 PratU-illo cburch 100 00 

Mt. Hebron church 25 00 CoosikU church 30 00 

DeatBville church 60 00 Lownde-boro church 60 00 

Shoal Creek church 10 00 Hajniville church 30 00 



Total $2000 00 

These araounrs are 1o be prorated between the three Mifsion and the Bible 
and Colportage P.oards according to ihf atn'>uiiis we are trying to raise for 
these boards, namely : For Sate Missions $15,000; Home Mij^sions, $6,500; 
Foreign MissioEs. S8,500; Bible and Oolportage, $4 000. 

J. H. Dickson, Chairman. 

Report on 'J^-nperance read and adopted as follows: 
REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your commit,e« to whom was referred th" question of temperance, beg 
leave to submit ibe foUowitig r( ;-o)utior;s, which we think covers the entire 
question so far as i^ relatfs to us a^ Baptises; 

Resolved, That the Montgomf-ry Association riowin sess^ion re afhrms, with 
all possible emphasis, iis unconiprumising enmity to the sale and use of all 
intoxicants as a beverage. We condemn th- liquor traffic, wh(-ther under 
high or low licetse, as an offence against God, and a crime against humanity. 
We earnestly reconimeiid that our paf-tois, preaching to churches within 
the bounds of this aisociaticn, deliver, during the coming assnciational 
year, one or more sermons fo theif churches on the subject of temperance. 

Resolved, That it is the srnse of this committee that no member who is 
selling liquor, should retain his membership in any Bap'isi church. 

C. V. COLLIEK, 

Chairman. 
Report on itidigent Ministers read and amended, and adopted 
as follows: 

REPORT O'S IN'DIGENT MINISTERS, AND THE WIDOWS AND 
ORPHANS OF DECEASED MINISTERS. 

The care of our indigent ministers and the widows and orphans of decased 
ministers merits, and should receive, more consideration, and increased 
contributions at our hands 

From a glance at the financial tables of our associatidns, in Alabama, you 
will rarely ever find anythi»ig reported in this column at all, and the .sums 
thusreported being so small, aiBOUtit to little or nothing. The consecrated 
minister is railed upon to do many things, and to go to many places, 
that require time, neghcc of family, and expense, in which he gets 
nothing (temporally) in return. We expect him to meet his appointments 
promptly, regardless of the weather and surrounding circumstances, and 



as a ruleis on a meagre salary, and in numbers of cases is not paid at all. He 
is so much absorbed in trying to help save souls, that he cannot, from the 
necessity of the case, give attention to the saving of this world's goods; and 
after he has worn himself out and unable to do further active service, the 
perplexing question of "'what shall 1 eat, or wherewithal shall I be 
clothed," constantly stares him in the face; and shall we, the people whom 
he has served, by ministrations from the pulpit, consoling in times of 
trouble and bereavement, and burying of our deed, sit idly by, and neglect 
his temporal necessities, and fail to do our full duty? No, brethren, let us 
in our Christian manhood, rise to the importance of the occasion and take 
care of our aged and indisent ministers and •their families, by making this 
one of the benevolent objects for which our churches take regular col- 
lections. RespectiuUy submitted, 

Geo. W. Ellis, Chairman. 

Report on Education read, and after remarks by several breth- 
ren, was adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The committee charged with the work of submitting a statement upon 
the matter of education, beg leave to report: 

That it is an occasion of sincere gratification to be able lo indicate that 
there is a perceptible growth in the spirit of education an;o-ig our people. 
It is rarely true that any indifference is manifested in this matter. In the 
rural regions, the best teachers are eagerly sought in order to the prepara- 
tion of boys and girls for the higher standards of the colleges. Indifferent 
and incompetent teachers no longer prevail in the country, as has been some 
times been true in the past. The leactionary influence of the country and 
college is steadily lifting our people upon a higher plane of progress. 

By degrees, our people throughout the entire country are becoming 
aroused to the importance of maintaining distinctively Christian or denom- 
inational institutions of learning 

In a period in which vice so widely prevails, and seeks to present itself in 
so many insidious forms, it is necessary to erect safeguards about our youth 
while their minds are being trained and their characters are being formed. 

Foreseeing this necessity more than a half century ago, our fathers estab- 
lished two colleges — the Howard and the Judson — for the education of the 
sons and daughters of Baptist parents. That which impressed our ances- 
tors half a century ago as important in the maintenance and perpetuation 
of Baptist principles, has resolved itself into a necessity in these perilous 
times. In these institutions are placed men and women who throw around 
the youth of both sexes the most wholesome, Christian influences. 

Howard College, located at East Lake, has just celebrated its fiftieth birth- 
day. For half a century it has been the pivot upon which has turned de- 
nominational thought and sentiment. It has been one of the chief factors 
in the intellectual and spiritual development of the State, and it has fur- 
nished to ourpulpits the balk of its ministry. It has cortributed many 
valuable men to the pulpits and bars and institutions of learning to many 
other States. To day it is doing a far better work than ever before, as is 
shown by the last catalogue. At East Lake the College has a most valuable 
property, embracing five brick structures and other valuable buildings. 
Of the 196 students in attendance last session, about, thirty were ministerial. 

The Judson Institute, at Marion, is ur.abated in the superior work which 
it has been doing since 1839. Last year there were enrolled 159 students. Of 
these, twenty one were full graduates. There is no hesitation in saying 
that the Judson is the equal of any College in the South for the education 
of young women, and the superior of most of them. 

It is scarcely necessary to urge upon our people the importance of sus- 
taining these schools, which are peculiarly our own. 

We desire to offer the following resolution : 

Resolved, That in view of the importance of bringing our sons and 
daughters under the wholesome influence of Christian institutions pecu- 



liarly our own, we hereby commit ourselves in oui* influence and patronage 
to Howard College and the Judson Female Institute 

B. F. Riley, Chairman. 

Report on Nominations read and action postponed to night 
session. 

Adjourned. Benediction by Elder J. Falkner. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The association met. Prayer by Elder W. D. Hubbard. 

The report on nominations was adopted, after making Prattville 
church the next place of meeting, instead of Bethesda church, as 
follows: 

REPORT ON NOMINATIONS. 

Your committee recommend that the next meeting be held with Prattville 
church, Autauga county, on Tuesday before the 4th Sabbath in July, 1S93, 
at 10:30 o'clock a m , Dr. G B. Eager to preach the Introductory Sermo", 
Elder W. M. Harris, alternate. Elder G. S. Anderson to preach the Mi-sion 
ary Sermon at such time during the session as the association may designate 
when it convenes 

J. R. McLendon, Ch'n. 

Appointed the following committee to write an obituary on the 
death of Wm. Harris, D. D , who died since our last meeting: 
Dr. G. B.'Eager, W. M. Harris, J. G. Harris and G. W. Ellis. 

The Moderator appointed the standing committees to report 
next session, as follows: 

Home and State Missions — Dr. G. B Eager, W. P D-iwson, A. H. Eubank 

Foreign Missions — W. M Harris. J. P. Streety, W. F. Sadler. 

Sunday-schools— W. J. Elliott, P. N.Cilley, G. F. S-dberry. 

Education— J. G. Harris, R. Meadows, C. V. Collier. 

Temperance — J. H. Dickson, W. G. Sullivant. E. E. Gresham. 

Bible and Colportage— W J Elliott, W. E. Lacey, J. B. Bell 

Mini^terial Education — C. W. Hare, A. A Poindexter, G. vV. Boyd. 

Indigent Ministers — G. W. Ellis, C E. Edwards, J. N. Norris. 

Woman's Work -Dr. G B. Eager, J. G. Harris, U. G. W. Powell. 

Appointed Sunday-shool committeemen for next year: 

First District— J. D. Bell. 

Second District — J. C. Pope. 

Third District — J. G. Johnson. 

For the Association — J. H. Dickson. 

Centennial Committee for the Association — W. M. Harris, W. J. Elliott, 
A. H. Eubank. 

Committee to arrange programme for next association for three daj's — J. 
G. Hams, J. H. Dickson, G. W. Ellis. 

Report on Finance and Auditing read and adopted. 



9 

TREASURER'S REPORT, 1891. 

J. H. Dickson, Treasurer Montgomery Association. 

Dr. 

To Minute monev ? 26 70 

State Missions .' 91 SO 

Ministerial Education .. 84 25 

Home Missions 39 00 

Foreign Missions 23 76 

Indigent Ministeis 50 

Church builfling 12 95 

• Church building in Cuba 5 00 

Madeiro Institute. Mexico, for "Cousin George," from 

Ray .Sunbeams, Deatsville, Ala 7 40 

Howard College 7 50 

Associational purpose? 12 50 

Missions, Saturday's collection 18 40 

Missions, Sunday-school collection 3 85 

Howard College ColJection Saturday 26 00 

Bible Work, Sunday collection 8 63 

Total S368 26—8 368 26 

Cr. 

Bv cash— G. E. Brewer S 8 65 

D I. Purser 26 00 

J. G. Harris 61 25 

J.I.Lamar 39 20 

W. B. Crumpton 283 16 



Total $368 26— S 368 '20 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. H. Dickson, 

Treasurer. 

Report on Woman's Work read and adopted, as follows: 
REPORT ON WOMAN'S WORK. . 

Whereas, Woman's Work has, within the past few years, been recognized 
by the Baptists of this country as one of the powerful auxiliaries in tlie 
spread of the gospel, and 

Whereas. There has been a State Central Committee appointed by the 
Alabama Baptist Convention, located at Birmingham, to co-operate with the 
Executive Committee on Woman's Work, which is located in Baltimore; 
therefore be it 

Resolved, That this body declare itself in fullest sympathy and active co- 
opf ration with this Central Committee. 

Resolved 2, That this association appoint a standing committee to report 
on woman's work at every session of this body. 

W. J. Elliott, Ch'n. 

Report on Bible and Colportage read, and after being amended, 
was adopted, as foUovvs: 

REPORT ON BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE. 

Your Committee on Bible and Colportage submit the following: 
The Colportage Board has employed twelve colporteurs, who have sold in 
the last year nearly 3,000 books to the value of nearly $2,000. They have 
found 2,385 homes without Bibles; have given away Bibles and Testaments 
to the value of $44.72; distributed 8,000 pages of tracts, and visited 10,235 
families and 118 churches. The report is from the work of five colporteurs, 
the report of seven having failed to reach the secretary's office. This board 
solicits the orders from all of our Sunday-schools for all of their literature 
needed. Only 26S Sunday-schools have ordered their literature through this 
board in the past year. This is a very small per cent, of the 700 or 800 Sun- 
day-schools in the State. 



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Notwithstanding the small means at the command of this board, their 
work has been remarkably successful in the past year. Yet it has not been 
such as to meec the wants of the vast field open btfore it 

This board is struggling under difficQltifs, and miless the churches come 
to their assistariCe with finances, the board cannot make progress. 

We recommend to this association, that the churches in the association 
make regular contributions for this cause, alorg in line of missions. 

We recommend to the churches and Su-iday-schools our Convention or 
Kind Words series of Sunday school literature; this board is located at Ope- 
lika, Ala., J. B. Collier, Secretarv- 

We recommend to the association the Alabama Baptist, State paper,* at 
Montgomery, Ala. 

J. B. Bell, Ch\i. 

Report on State of the Churches read and adopted, as fol- 
lows: 

SPATE OF THE CHURCHES. 

Adams Street reports: 7 additions by baptism, 20 by letter; present mem- 
bership, 229; number on Sunday-school roll, 160; weekly prayer meetings; 
contributed for benevolent purposes, $210.4(3. 

Wetumpka reports: 3 additions by letter; present number, 90: on Sunday- 
school roll, 57; for benevolent purposes, $84 25. 

Earner reports: decrease, by letter, 12; present membership, 52; on Sun- 
day-school roll, 50, weekly piayer meemg; for benevolent purposes, $63.65. 

Prattville: Increase, by baptism, 2; by letter, 10; present membership, 
106; on Sunday school roll, 110; weekly prayer meeting; for benevolent pur- 
poses, $91.13. 

Bethesda: decrease, by letter, 7; present ' membership, 28; on Sunday- 
school roll, 14; weekly prayer meeting. 

Coosada: No additions; present membership, 24; on Sunday-school roll, 
28. 

Bethany: Increase, bj- (ett"'', 2; decrease, by letter, 2; present membership, 
69; on Sunday-school r.4l, 25; for benevo'ent: pu -poses, $13.85. 

Deatsville; Deciease, ;>y letter 12; pre-dt luembohip, 69; on Sunday- 
school roll, 50; weekly prayer uieeting; for benevolent purposes, $35.05. 

Mt. Hebron: Increasf by letter, 2; membership, 63; on Sunday school 
roll, 44; for benevolence. $16 50. 

Friendship: Additiot-'s, by bapt'snri, 2; by letter, 9: membership, -58; on 
Sunday-school roll, 60; for bea<n'olent purposes $5(0. 

Pine Level: No increase; membership 98; on Suaday-school roll, 65; 
weekly prayer meeting for benevolent, purposes $18 98 

Mt. Zion : Increase, by letter, 1; member!^hip, 27; no Sunday-school nor 
prayer meeting; for beuevoient purpose \ $23.20. 

Lowndesboro: Increase, bj' 1- tter. 1: membership, 22; on Sunday-school 
roll, 40; for benevolent purposi-^s, $40 12 

Hayneville: Decrease by letter, 2; membership, 26; no Sunday school 
nor prayer meeting; for benevolence, $25 00 

First Montgomery : licrease. by baptism, 4; by letter, 18; present mem- 
bership, 747: on Sunday school roll, 315; weekly p '■ay er meeting. 

J. G. Harris Ch'n. 

The Clerk was instructed to send to each church, sixty days 
before the next meeting of the Association, a blank form of church 
letter to the Association, upon which to report their statistics. 

Ordered that the Clerk have 500 copies of the Minutes printed, 
and the Minute fund be used for printing and distributing them 
and paying the Clerk for liis services. 

Bro. G. W. Boyd asked for a contribution to aid in completing 
Bethesda church house at Sprague Junction, Montgomery county; 
$34.70 was raised in cash for that purpose. 



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The following resolution was unanimously adopted: 

Resol.ved, That the thanka uf this, (he Montgomery Association, are hereby 
eivf-n to tht^ Moderator and Cerk for their efficiency in the di-charge of 
their duties as officers if this body, to ihf! citizens of Lowudesboro, who 
have so generouslj' ent-rtaioed tlie dele.ates and visitors, and to ihe rail- 
roads for reduced rates. 

Appointed delegates to the State Convention: 

B, A JacksMi. Dr. G. B E^gr. W M. Harris, W. J. Elliott. J. G Harri«, 
G. W. Ellis, J H. Dickson. J. I. Lam*r. J. R. McLeadon, J. B Bell. 

Elder W. M. Harris was appointed delegate to the Southern 
Baptist Convention; Bro. J. H. Dickson, alternate. 

A hymn was sung, the parting hand extended, and the Associa- 
tion adjourned to meetwiih Prattville church on Tuesday before 
the fourth Sabbath in Jtily. 1893, at 10:30 o'clock a. m. 
Prayer by Elder W. M. Harris. 

B. A. JACKSON, MoDER.^TOR, 

Ranier, Ala. 
J. I. LAMAR, Clerk, 

Deatsville, Ala. 



OBITUARY. 



KEV. WM. HARRIS, D. D. 



Dr. Harris was horn in Frankfort, Ky., June 2, 1848, of slnrdy, Christian 
pareiitage. His mother dying when he was a chi d, he was reared by a pi- 
ous and devo pd grandmoiher. He waspradnated from Georgetown College, 
Kentucky, when barely at. bis majority, and en ered at oni e upon pastoial 
service in East S . Lou s He v.a>* afit^rwards pu-rcessivflv pastor of the First 
Bapn.«t church, St. Josej^Ii, Mo. ; the Delniar Avenue church, S;. L >uis. Mo ; 
the Seventh chiirch, Balimoie. Md. ; and the First Br.ptist church, Mont 
gomery, Alabama. During the seventeen years of i is min ?'er a'' life, be 
never miss'd a Sunday from sickness nntil the Sunday before his death. He 
died Dec. 28, 1891, afera brief illness frai la grppe. 

Dr Harr's fell at his post in ihe prime of a noble manhood. He was a 
man of superb physique, grirat vita' itj', mioniitable energy and a marked 
personal appearance. ' Strength and beauty" were conibined in him as in 
the sanctuary. He was a ccnspicaous illustration of "the sound mind in 
the sound body." He pos.^essed wtat is b(-,tter than mere biilliancy, a level 
head and n loving heart. Good seose, gentleness, gracioi^sness and force of 
character were blended in him and backed by a huooanene- s and a breadth of 
sympathy which made him a man and a minister of rare attractiveness and 
power. To his work, whether in the pulpit, among the people, or in what- 
ever he ei gag€d. be biought the light and the warmth of an nncjuencirabie 
enthusiasm. "He saw sticcess where others feared failure," as Dr. Ellis said 
of him, "and in this conticente of hopefulness he often brought undertak- 
ings to success when others would have given up and failed " Socially he 
was a maenetic ar>d chaiming man. To meet him even fiuce was to feel this; 
to know him personally was to love him inevitably. This made him a power 
as a pa-tor. He was a (Christian altruist of the highfst type. He lived for 
others He sought "not to beministe ed unto, but to minister." This dis- 
intPTtstednefs gave him a wonderful power of adaptaion under all circum- 
stances, and enabled him to put old and young, high andb^w, rich and poor 
quickly in relations of ease and unerobar-assment with himself. Hence be 
was ptrsonal friend as well as pastor to his people, knew them and cared for 



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them individually as well as collectively, and so was devotedly loved and 
appreciat-^d by them. Though not self-assertive, he was a man of positive 
convictions and always had the courage of his convictions. His •Christian 
manliness and native courtesy, however, placed him at once "above the lit- 
tleness < f wilfulness and the narrowness of stubbornness." 

As a preacher he was terse and teiider, clear as a sunbeam and thoroughh'^ 
evangelical. Preaching, with him, was always "truth throuf^h personality."' 
He believed, therefore he spake. He preached salvation through Christ 
alone, because through Christ alone he had himself found salvation. 

He was a conscientious student and made most thorough and laborious 
preparation for preaching, but he preachf^d in well-nigh absolute reliance 
upon the Holy Spirit to give efhcacy and succe?s 1o his eftorts. He accounted 
praver the supreme preparation on his part, as he accounted "the demon- 
straiion of the Spirit" essential on the hearer's part. "There was nothing 
sensational in his preacning," says one who knew him intimately. "He ab- 
horred olap-trapery in ever form. Yet he did not drag his work along the 
deep old ruts cut by worn out methods " A lover of the old doctrines, he 
preached them ever with that freshness which comes from the heart. While 
his ministry was thoroughly evangelistic, it was especially conspicuous as a 
ministry that built up Christian people in spiritual character. While un- 
swervingly loyal to the principles and claims of his own denomination, he 
delighted to maintain the most cordial relations to Christians of other de- 
nominations. It was no surprise, therefore, that Christians of all names, 
and fvfn Jews ard men of the world, were found among the mourners at 
his funeral. 

As a crowning tribute, let it be said that he was essentially a missionary. 
The cause of missions at home and ab oad enlisted his liveliest sympathies, 
his liberal gifts and his most earnest efforts. His highest ambition for his 
church was, that it might be, in a true sense, a missionary church. No one 
who heard his last ami only address before our State Convention, will ever 
forget the white heat of missionary zeal which burned and glowed through 
out it. 

It is not too much to say, therefore, that in the death of Dr. Harris, the 
First church of Montgomery has lost an almost ideal pastor, the Montgom- 
ery association a wise and enthusiastic worker, and the denom naiion at 
large an able and consecrated Christian minisier. His loss is still keenly 
felt, not in Montgomery only, but wherever he was known, and must con- 
tinue to be felt for a long time (o come. But "though dead, he yet speaketh." 
In dying, no less than in living, he glorified God, crowning the work of his 
life by the christening and unifying inlluence of his death. 

"Servant of God, well done!" 

Geo. B. Eager, Chn; 
W. M. Haeris, 
J, G. Harris, 
G. W. Ellis, 

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