/ttABAlU BAPflST JiiiTOkiCAt mUin
ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION
Djontigomei'il Baptist Association,
.owndesboro Baptist Church, Lowndes County, Ala..
July 19 and 20, 1S92.
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.
THE ALABAMA PRINTING COMPANY,
NAMES AND POSTOFFICES OF MINISTERS.
Eager, D. D Montgomery, Ala.
Hare " "
.lackson Ramer. "
kner Montgomery. "
. B otb Prattville,
Sullivan t Rail Branch, "
Moore Center Point, "
B. Merrit*^ Montgomerj', Ala.
Firsr District— W- turupka, Bethany, Prattville, Mt. Hebron, Deatsville,
Sboal Creek, Coi'sada.
Seconrl Districi — Pine Level, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Zion, Lowndesboro,
Third D strict— First Montgomery, Adams Street, Ramer, Bethesda, Phil-
a'ielphia, Fi iendsbip.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
Assocat'on called to order by Moderator.
Appoint C'^mmiltfe on Credentials.
Fix Timeof'Meeti' g and Adjournir^g.
Appoint Miiderat'>r Clerk and Trt-a«urer.
Receive Corres; ondenc" and Vi>itors.
Receive petit'ons from Churchps desiring membership.
Appoint Committee to report during session —
On Religious Ex'^rcises.
On Financf^ and Auditing.
On State < f 'he Churches.
Read Rules of Order.
Hear R-ports fom Committees and Treasurer.
Appoint Committees to report at next meeting—
On Hon)e and State Missions.
On Foreign Missions.
On Sabba h Schools.
On Bible and Col portage.
On Ministerial Education.
On Indigent Ministers.
On Woman's Work
Hear Miscellaneous Business.
Call Roll and erase absentees.
Arrange for printing Minutes."
Correct Minutes and adiourn.
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
Invited visitors and correspondents to seats and received as
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.
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.
Je.sse H Dtckson, Ch'n Com.
Appointed the following committees to report during this
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.
Nominations — J. R. McLendon, Amos Jones. U. G. W. Powell and W. F.
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.
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-
Adjourned. Prayer by Elder G. S. Anderson.
The Association met . Devotional exercises led by Elder W.
The subject of Missions was further considered, and adoption
of the reports deferred until after preaching the Missionary Ser-
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
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
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
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;
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.
Adjourned. Benediction by Elder G. S. Anderson,
Met and resumed business. Prayer by Dr. B. F. Riley. •
The Treasurer's report was read and referred to the Auditing
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,
Report on itidigent Ministers read and amended, and adopted
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
Adjourned. Benediction by Elder J. Falkner.
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
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.
TREASURER'S REPORT, 1891.
J. H. Dickson, Treasurer Montgomery Association.
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
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
J. H. Dickson,
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.
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
J. B. Bell, Ch\i.
Report on State of the Churches read and adopted, as fol-
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-
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,
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.
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,
J. I. LAMAR, Clerk,
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
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
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
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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