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NINETEENTH ANNUAL SESSION
Montgomery Baptist Association,
PRATTVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, ALA.,
SEPT. 25=26=27, 1900.
(^. Ct. miles, MoOKIt.VTOK MOXTGOMERV, AlA.
J. (". POPE, Cl.KRK t*C TkHASLJ?ER MOMTGMMRY, At.A.
(iEO. W. Eli. II-. Chairniiin, Montgomery, Ala.
li. li. Hi'Dsox, Milbrook. A. H. Etbaxk, Pine Level.
Cacot Lri.L, Wetumpka. J. B. Collier, Montgomery
W. B. Damdsox, Montgomery.
COMniTTEES TO REPORT AT NEXT SESSION.
Ox.STAri: Mi.ssiuNs — H. \V. Provevce, Chairman; E. E. Gresham. J. I. La-
lIo.MK Missions — .1. B. .Siiellon, Chairman ; W. M. Anderson, J. P. Martin.
Foreign Missions — J. F. Gable, Chairman ; J. G .Mills, Lee. S. Jones.
Si NDAY Schools — AV. J. Elliott, Chairman; F. F. Anderson, R. L.
Dkno.minatidnal Edioation — .\. .T. Preston. Chairman ; J. AV. Rast, C.
^Ministerial Eplcaion — Geo. W. Ellis, Chairman; M. A. Pyi'on, G. W.
Xeu- AM) Weak Chlrciies — W. D. Gay, Chairman ; AV. G. AVorrell, How-
Orimian?;' Home — T.. J. Porter, Chairman ; Paul F. Di.x, J. B. Collier.
Te.mpekance — A. F. Dix, Chairman ; \V. H. Kendrick, J. R. Cahvell.
AVo.man's Work — A.. I. Brooks, Chairman ; E. W. Robinson, C. A. Gunn.
Baptlst YoiNG People's Union — Paul F. Pix, Chairman; Dr. H. D.
Boyd. AV. .T. Burch.
Indigent Ministers — J. G. Harris, Chairman: C. W. Powell, H. C.
The next session will be held with Fort Deposit Church, Ala.,
August 28=29=30, 1901,
Also Minutes of Woman's Missionary Union, held at Prattville Baptist
Church, Sept. 26, 1900.
Alabama Baptist Print., Montgomery, Ala.
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF MINISTERS.
C. A. Sbukely Montgomery, Ala.
W. D. Gay
H . W Troveiice
J. F. Gable
G. -W. Townsend
E. F Baber
W. N. Gunter
A F. Dix
B. A. Jackson Ramer,
J. R. Caldwell Deatsville.
W. G. Sullivant Raif Branch,
A. J. Preston Prattville,
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
1. Association called to order by Moderator.
2. Appoint Committee on Credentials.
3. Fix time of meeting and adjourning*
4. Introductory sermon.
5. Elect Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer.
6. Receive con-espondents and visitors.
7. Receive petitions from Churches desiring membership.
8. Appoint committees to report during session —
On Religious Exercises
On Finance and Auditing.
9. Read rules of order.
10. Hear reports from Committees and Treasurer.
11. Return correspondence.
12. Appoint committees to report at next session —
On Home Missions.
On Foreign Missions.
On Sunday Schools.
On Institute Board.
On Denominational Education
On State Board of Missions.
On Ministerial Education.
On Indigent Ministers.
On Woman's Work
On Orphans' Home.
On Baptist Young People's Union.
On New and Weak Churches.
13. Hear miscellaneous business
14. Call roll and erase absentees.
15. Arrange for printing minutes.
16. Correct minutes and adjourn.
PRATTVIlvLE, September 25, 1900.
The Montgomery Baptist Association convened in its Nineteenth
Annual Session this day with the Prattville Baptist church, and
at 10 o'clock a. m. was called to order by G. G. Miles, the mod-
erator of the previous session.
Devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. A. G. Moseley,
of Louisiana, which consisted in reading- the 90th Psalm.
On motion the prog^ram, as prepared by the executive commit-
tee, was adopted.
On motion, a committee. of three, A. F. Dix, J. B. Shelton and
H.W. Provence, was appointed to examine the articles of faith of
the Brewer Memorial church, which sought admittance to the
On motion, the messeng-er of that church was received
and, in behalf of the association, the moderator extended the
hand of fellowship.
On motion, G. G, Miles former moderator, was re-elected.
On motion, C. Johnson was elected clerk pro. tem.
The introductory sermon was preached by T. J. Porter, of
Fort Deposit; text," John, 12:26. Prayer by W. D. Gay.
The Association re-assembled at 2:30 o'clock.
Devotional exercises conducted by J, F. Gable, of Montgom-
ery. Prayer by G. W. Ward and J. A. Howard.
Committee on Credentials made the following report:
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS.
Adams Street— "W. D. Gay, T. J. Scott, Mrs. J. W. Powell, Miss Lizzie
Powell, Mrs. Ida Russell.
Bethel— T. J. Porter, Mrs. T. J. Porter, Miss Lena Goldsmith, Miss
Bethesda — Letter; no messenger.
Clayton Street— H. W. Provence, G. W. Ellis, R. L. Dillard, Mrs. H. ^Y.
Provence, A J. Presto i, Mrs. A. J. Preston.
Coosada — Letter : no messengers.
Deatsville — M. A. Pyron, Mrs, E E. Pyron, ]\Irs. A. C. Donovan, Mack
First Churfh, Montgomery— A. F. Dix, W. J. Elliott. J. B. Shelton, J. G.
Harris. G. G. Miles, Paul F. Dix, Mrs. A. F. Dix. Mrs. J. B. Shelton.
Hayneville — H. C. Burdeshaw.
Letohatchie — Letter ; no messengers.
Lowndesboro — .1. W. Rast.
Mt. Hebron— W. H. Kendrick.
Mt. Lebanon — Letter; no messengers.
Mt. Zion— J. G. Mills, G. L. Mills.
Prattville— .L R. Caldwell, E. E. Gresham, G. W. Ward, W. M. Robert-
son, F. F. Anderson.
Ramer — B A. Jackson.
South Montpomery— J. F. Gable, J. P. Martin, Mrs. J. P. Martin, C. John-
son, Miss Aeolian Spear, Mrs. S. Burch.
West End— C. R. Booth.
Wetumpka — Letter ; no messengers.
Brewer Memorial — A. J. Brooks, Mrs. A. J. Brooks.
Respectfully submitted, Geo. W.Ellis.
W. J. Elliott,
J. G. Harris.
On motion, A. J. Preston was appointed to write a report on
weak and new churches.
A cash collection of $10.25 was taken for Brewer Memorial
To visiting- brethren a cordial invitation was extended to seats
in the bodv.
The Moderator appointed the following committees :
On Credentials— Geo. W. Ellis, J. G.Harris, W.J. Elliott.
On Religious Exercises — Rev. A. J. Pi'e?ton, Geo. AVard,E. E. Gresham.
On Finance and Auditing — A. J. Brooks, chairman, A. 0. Burdeshaw, J.
On Nominations— W. J. Elliott, E. E. Gresham. M. A. Pyron.
On Apportionment — T. J. Porter, R. M. Anderson, J G. Mills.
On motion, J. C. Pope was authorized to file his report with
the clerk pro tern., to appear in the minutes for the year 1900.
On motion, adjourned to meet at 7:30 p. m.
Benediction by Rev. Rush.
Preaching- by A. G. Moseley; text, Acts 11:24.
After preaching- a collection of $120.00 in pledges and S2.S1
in cash was taken for A. G. Moseley's work in New Orleans, 'La,
Report on Sunday Schools read by A. J. Preston. Spoken to
bv A. J. Preston, W D. Gay, A. J. Brooks, T J. Porter, G. G
Mills, J. A. Howard, A. G. Moseley, J, F. Gable.
The report was then adopted, as follows::
REPORT ON SUND.W SCHOOLS.
We ai'e pleased to note that 17 cf the 18 churches represented at the last
session of our l)ody reported Sunday Schools. We also rejoice to know that
the attendance in our Sunday Schools is far above tlie average in our .StatP,
there being about two-thirds as many Sunday School pupils as there are
church members in our association ; while the entire number in attendance
in the Sunday Schools throughout the State is less than one-third the mem-
bership of the churches. We are sorry that we have not the reports froMi
the churches for this year, so we could make a correct report of our work
up to date We-will not attempt to write an essay on Sunday Schools, but
would recommend thai thp clerk of our association have printed in the
minutes such parts of the report adopted by our State convention as he in
his judgment may de,em appropriate.
Respectfully submitted, A. J. Pkestox, Chairman.
WEDNESDAY— Morning Session.
Devotional services conducted by B. A. Jackson. Prayer by
B. A. Jackson, J. A. Howard, A. F. Dix.
Report on State Missions was read by T. J. Porter. Report
on Home Missions was read by J. W. B. Crumpton- Report
on Foreig-n Missions was read by W. D. Gay.
State and Home Missions were discussed by W. B. Crumpton.
A. F. Dix, A. J. Preston, J, G. Harris, J. R. Caldwell.
The following- correspondents were received: Alabama Bap-
tist — J. G. Harris, J. A. Howard; Institute Board — G. S. An-
Report on Indigent Ministers read by G. W- Ellis. Spoken
to by G. W. Ellis, G. S. Anderson, J. G. Harris, A. F. Dix, A.
J. Preston, J. A. Howard, G. G. Miles. Report adopted, as fol-
REPORT ON INDIGENT MINISTERS.
As to the duty of Baptists to provide and care for their aged, infirm and
indigent ministers in the State, there is no question. "We cannot shift the
responsibiliry resting upon us to take care of th^se who have given their Tfe
to the work of the Master, and in declining years are depf^ndent upon rela-
tives and friends who are poorly prepared to support them. Ministers are
the gift of Christ to the churches for a specified work, and, if they do their
duty to such work, are compelled to forego secular employment and to give
their whole time to the .Master. Having no other visible means of sup-
port, and as a class they are not paid sabiries commensurate with the labor
perfurmed, hardly a sufficiency to subsist on, when old age and infirmity
come upon them they have to be cared for by some one. Governments
care for their faithful soldiei's; shall we, as a denomination, be less faithful
to our soldiers of the Cross, who have carried the banner of Christ through
many j ears of deprivation, and refuse to provide for their needs in old age?
The Board of State Missions is receiving comparatively nothing for this
worthy cause, hardly ever amounting to over $260 00 in any year. They ask
for .'f 1.000.00 in the State, and the obligation is upon us to do our part
towards raising it.
Respectlully submitted, Geo. W. Ellis, Chairman.
Report on Institute Board read by W. J. Elliott. Spoken to
by G, S. Anderson, and adopted, as follows:
REPORT ON INSTITUTE BO.\RD.
The Institute Board of the Alabama State Convention, located at Opelika,
Ala . has during the past tliree years assisted many preachers who are to-
day doing good service for the Master.
The Board has three methods of work. The most important method is
tlie holding of Institutes on the field. Ten of these Institutes were held
last year, attended by 132 preachers.
The Board also seeks to aid the unhelped ministry by the correspondence
course and the Sermonizer.
All these methods are used in trying to enlist the efforts of Baptists of the
Contributions for the Institute Board should be sent to Rev. G. S. An-
derson, Superintendent, Auburn, Ala.
W. J. Elliott, Chairman.
The following" resolution was then adopted:
Be it Resolved, That this object be made a part of the work of this
association, and that the committee be authorized to apportion $100.00
amon^^ the churches, and that the pastors be requested to take collections,
in their respective churches for this work between this time and that of
the meeting of the next State convention.
The work of State Missions demands and should receive, for its own sake,
the support of every lover of his State and his Lord.
Your committee rejoice in the continued and increasing prosperity of our
State Board of Missions. While we rejoice in the progress made during the
past year, yet we feel that there is great need of improvement along the
line of giving to State Missions. Our State reports 129.545 Baptists, and we
gave last year to State Missions about $8,824 only, when our missionary
catechisin says we ought to give to missions alone not less than $40,000, and
that would not be more than the price of a common hen apiece. Ou plan
is right. What we need is more funds to send forth moi'e laborers. Freely
ye have received freely, give. ' T. J. Porter, Chairman.
On motion, an amendment as appended to the report was of-
fered by J. F. Gable, and adopted by the association.
Amendment (offered by Rev. J. F. Gable.)
Whereas, it appears from reports submitted to the association at various
times, and by persons who are in a situation to know whereof they speak,
that there are several large districts within tlie bounds of Montgomery As-
sociation unoccupied by the Baptists which are in need of evangelization,
and which can be reached utid cultivated with profit to the cause of Christ
by missionary effort under the auspices of this association ; be it
Resolved, 'ihat the ext ciitive committee of Montgomery association be
and is hereby instructed to devise and set on foot plans for the local evan-
gelization of this association, according to their best judgment as to its
Resolved , further , That it is the sense of this association that fifth Sunday
meetings in various parts of the association could be profitably employed
for the dissemination oi missionary information and arousing interest in
local evangelization. All expenditures lor associational missions being un-
derstood in no wise t<» diminish the contributions for the general state and
fo]-eign work, in whicli the closest co-operation is to be maintained and
On motion, preachinqf of the missionary sermon was deferred
until nig-ht session.
On motion, report ou foreign missions was referred to a com-
mittee of three, H. W. Provence, A. F. Dix, T. J. Porter, who
were instructed to levise the report.
Report on mission? adopted as follows: State, Home and For-
Report on Home Missions.
Your committee on Home Missions respectfully submit the following re-
The value and importance of the work done by the Home Mission Board
of the SouthtMMi Baptist Convention can hardly he over estimated. Espe-
cially is this true when we consider the extent of the field, embracing as it
does fifteen states, two territories, the District of Columbia, and the island
A brief summary of the operations of the board taken from the fifty-fifth
annual report of the Southern Baptist Convention shows that the sum of
$276,295.88 has been disbursed during the fiscal year ending May 1st, 1900.
671 missionaries have been supported in this territory by the joint action
of the Home Board and the State Board, and 32 others have been supported
entirely by th^^ Home Board. 6;:!9 Sunday schools have been organized. 71
houses of worship erected, 63 houses of worship improved, 195 churches
constituted, 11,950 accessions to the churches Of these 5,596 were by
These statistics speak more eloquently than words of the great good
wrought in this field of Christian work. But it must be admitted that the
money expended and the results achieved are grossly inadequate to the
pressing needs which meet us on every hand
The problems which Southern Baptists, in large degree, must solve are
weighty and momentous, and call for prompt and wide action. Three may
1st. The destitute whites in our mountain districts.
2d. The foreign element in our rapidly growing cities
3d. The ten millions of negroes in our midst.
All these issues must be met and solved by us or by our children.
In view of the commanding importance of the Home field, at the present
moment, your committee endorses the appeal of the Home board, and would
lay a stronger emphasis on Home mission work, and recommends that this
association urge upon the churches more liberal contributions in this direc-
tion for the coming year.
C.\B0T Lull. Committee.
Report on Foreign Missions
The population of earth is inconceivable as to numbers. Perhaps out of
the 30.000,000 communicants in Prorestant churches, one-half, or fifteen mil-
lion are convertt^d. It is an awful fact that after nineteen hundred long
years ninety-nine of the world's population (which is estimated at 1,500.-
000,000) out of every one hundred are without Christ and lost. This has
been going on for about nineteen centuries, so at least about 30,000,000.000
are waiting at the bar of God to charge the church with the blood of their
A sadder fact than this confronts us. thnt 1,000,000,000 of the world's in-
habitants have never heard of the Lord Jesus Christ to accept Him or to
reject Him. We have built our school.^ at home, lived in luxury when we
could, bedecked ourselves with jewelry and reclined in ease, spent prodi-
gious sums on pastors, choirs, evangelists, and church houses when we have
not carried ont the command, "Go ye."' Can we realize at all what a
calamity is befalling the earth, can we conceive of the loss of souls in a sin-
gle day? Suppose we heard that a city the size of Atlanta, Ga. , was engulfed
in a day — it would fill all the papers of the civilized world with the storj of
horror, and yet mo e than 100,000 souls are passing every day into an eternal
Adiourned with benediction by B. A. Jackson.
Association re-assembled at 2:30 p. m. with prayer by Bro.
The report on denominational education was read by J. G.
Harris. Spoken to by^ J. G. Harris, W. D. Gay, J. B. Shelton,
W. B. Crumpton, and adopted as follows:
All civilization and. good government of the highest and most perfect type
is founded on the laws and doctrines of the Bible. While a few wise men
in pagan nations have formulated and systematized and promulgated some
wholesome jurisprudence and maxims, yet there does not exist in them the
spirit that is a sure guide, and hence they fall far short of completeness and
perfection. While it may be true, that christian nations are yet far below
their possibilities and the standard set up by inspired thought, yet, they
lead in ajiproximating perfection in just and humane laws and the eleva-
tion of the race.
If we are correct in this proposition, let us ask the pertinent question,
what brought about such results? What influence and principles guided
our forefathers into these channels? Can there be but one answer? The
Christian religion as taught in the VV^ord of (Tod. If this be true, then it
follows that to lift our race to a higher and still higher plane in growth in
justice and in truth, we must continue to press forward in christian educa-
tion . To do this, each denomination recognizing the Word of God as our
rule in faith and practice, not only in the home, in the church, but in state
craft, must ground their convictions and actions upon that Word and teach
the same to the coming generations. Hence, to be fully and properly
taught, the youth must be placed under the tutilage of teachers who are in
harmony and sympathy with this idea, and who know and recognize the
force and power of the same.
In order, therefore, to reach the highest standard of right, denominational
schools must be maintained. As Baptists, planting our all on the Word of
God as found in the Scriptures, and construed by us, we do not, cannot ask
aid from the State or Federal Government. Govei'nment in order to be
perpetual must not be sectarian in its bequests, nor select any denomina-
tion as its beneficiary. Hence, no religious creed is taught in state schools.
Where, then, must it be taught? In denominational schools.
If we are right in these views, then we urge upon our brethren to main-
tain, sustain and patronize our denominational schools. As a christian
people, defining and construing the Scriptures to teach certain truths and
doctrines, we must, if we are honest and true, Indoctrinate our children
with the views we entertain; otherwise we would be false to our
We are not pressing forward in our denominational work in any spirit of
unfriendly rivalry, jealousy or envy ; but simply striking for what we regard
as the teachings of God's Word. Let us be true and faithful, rendering
unt.^ Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are
During the century that is now closing we have moved forward with a
degree of progress that foretells of greater things during the next century.
In the United States we have seven Baptist Theological Seminaries, with
over 1,000 students and with a property valued at over two and one-half
million dollars. The Southern Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky.,
has in money and assets $808,800 00. We have also 94 Universities and Col-
leges with 23,000 students and with assets of over $20,000,000.00. Besides
these there are 77 academies wfth 11,000 students and $4,000,000.00 worth of
property. From these statistics it will be seen that the close of the century
finds us on a firm basis, with a power and leverage by which to gain still
larger progress in the next hundred years.
In our own state we have two schools under the guardianship of the Bap-
tist State Convention — The Howard and the Judson. These institutions
now freed from debt, are on a forward movement, and if our people will
rally to their support, they will, in a few years, show what great possibili-
ties they possess, and what incalculable good they can effect. Then we ap-
peal to Baptists to stand by them and place your girls and boys where they
will get what should be taught — a Christian Education.
By the Committee.
Report on Ministerial Education was read bv B. A. Jackson.
Discussed by J. F, Gable, W. D. Gay, A. G. Moseley, A. F. Dix,
and adopted" as follows:
Report on Ministerial Education.
The committee to whom was referred the report on Ministerial Educa-
tion beg leave to submit the following :
We regaid ministerial education as a work of paramount importance.
The vastness of the gospel, which God has called ministers to proclaim, de-
mands thorough preparation. They are to deal in "the deep things of
God." .\ work whose bounds cannot easily be reached, and whose depths
cannot be fathomed. The word of nsyjiriit on has recorded, "O the dejith of
the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of (^od ! How unsearchable
are His judgments, and His ways ])ast hnding out?" The excellency of the
work demands preparation, as well as the vastness ; its value as well as its
immensity deserves study. A minister cannot afford to trifle here. He is
preaching "the gospel of our salvation." "the glorious gospel o' the blessed
God." Success in any enterprise requires cuicable preparation, a work-
man can accomplish but little without a good set of tools and skill to use
them. It seems to be indispensably necessary to be thus equipped in the
ordinary pursuits of life. If we concede this fact, and it appears unreason-
able to do othni-wise, surely th^'n if succes- de|)ends on pi-eparation in the
ordimiry occupations, tiien what about the extraordinary callings? "We are
not afraid of spending too much money, or consuming too much time,
training ministers, called of GoH to pieach the gospel. They cannot impart
to others what they do not know, and they should not preach what they
have not studied." "Study to show thy-ieit approved, ur.to God" a work-
man th.it needeth not to be ashamed, riirlitly dividing the word of truth."
We are in sympathy with ministerial education, we urge upon young min-
isters to take, if possible, a regular course in tlie Howard and the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. We urge upon ministers who cannot go to
these schools to attend as many of the institutes conducted by Bro. G. S.
Anderson as possible. The work he is doing is by no means superficial, but
fundamental, commtndable and praiseworthy.
B. A.Jackson Chairman.
Report on Woman's Work read by A. F. Dix. Spoken to by
A. F. Dix, W. B. Crumpton, G. G. Miles, and adopted as follows:
Report on Woman's Work.
In making a report on woman's work in general, y ur committee encoun-
ters, at the outset, a twofold difficulty, first in determining where to iiegin :
and secondly, in finding an ending for a report on work that itself has no
She has besn man's constant help-meet, in all departments of his life-
work, since the Divine Hand rested from its final effort ; and not less in
grace than in nature has she fulfilled her office. As Milton says, "He for
God only, she for God in him." "Behold the hand-maid of the Lord ; be it
unto me according to thy word," is the key-note of her psalm of life, alike
as mother of our Lord and of mankind ; nor from its refrain of mingled joy
and woe has she ever turned her ear, but at the cradle and the bier, at the
cross and at the sepulchre, at the beginning and at the ending of his mis-
sion, she is ever present with her broken, sacrificial alabaster box of pre-
cious ointment, alike for adornment at the feast and embalming at the
If of woman's work for woman we report, more can be said at present
than at any former period ; for it would seem that her jealousy of other fit-
ness for true service than that which abides wita virtue, has steeled her
heart against the frailty of her sex, and made her hard upon the erring
hitherto ; but her recently organized work in the slums of our cities, in the
homes of China, in the zenanas of India, and even in the harems of the
Turk, b^ar encouraging witness to her present devotion to the welfare of
her sisters, and her iaith in a Savior who "is able to save them to the utter-
most that come unto God by him." The wonder is that so many years
h.Hve elapsed before the discovery of the fact that these fields are a province
peculiar to woman, not foi her abasement only, but also for her exaltation,
not less in the rescuer than in the rescued.
Of woman's timely arrival on the field of modern missions, at the most
critical point of the contest, our appreciation must ever be as of the coming
of Blucher and his host onto the ensanguined field of Waterloo, when em-
pire trembled in the balance; nay rather, seemed fuUv inclined to the
French, but by that timely coming was turned to the allies, precipitating
the overthrow of the great Napoleon and bringing the longed for peace of
Europe. So the last quarter of the nineteenth century has wit-^essed the
reinforcement of the cause of missions by the prevailing power of woman's
aid. The great contest with the powers of darkness, long neglected, but; at
length well begun, was languishing ; the mission- Boards were becoming
overwhelmed with debt, and a last effort at the world's evangelization
seemed verging toward paralysis, when woman's organized forces appeared
presaging a more tzlorious victory than Waterloo, and for all who overcome,
"the peace of God which passeth all understanding." Phil. 4:7.
It would be both iut resting and iustructive to trace the organization
and growth of this force. Suffice it howpver to say that from the incipiency,
forty years ago, its growth has been most marvelous, among all the denom-
inations, alike m number of organizations, of missionaries sent out, and the
amounts contributed for their support. We find it impossible to obtain ex-
act statistics up to the present of the thousands of woman's missionary so-
cieties, represented in not less than one hundred and twenty distinct
Boards, and contributing more than two and a half millions of dollars an-
nually to the mission cause, but these figures, thus far reliable, are suffi-
cient for encouragement and hope.
Although this great mission movement, by organized effort among
women, commencing in A. D IS60, in this coimtry. had a Baptist originator
in the person of Mrs. Ellen B Mason, wife of Rev. Francis Mason, 1). D., a
Baptist missionary from Burmah, by which we are forcibly i-emindedofa
meeting of twelve Baptist ministers at the humble cottage of the widow
Wallis. at Kettering, about seventy years before ; and of tlie origin of mod-
ern missions: and although similar appropriation ar d enlargement by other
denominations followed, yet it was not till 1>^S8 that such adjustment to
the work of our Southern Zion was attained, as to result in the organiza-
tion of our Woman's Missionary Union. Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist
Convention. Of this Dr. T. P. Bell has pleased tosay^ 'This union is one of
the most wisely constructed pieces of denominational mechanism of which
I know anything." The moulding of this element of Christian force, hith-
erto unaccustomed to automatic action among Baptists, its adaptation to
previously existing denominational machinery, and its harmonious and
successful working for now a dozen years, have not resulted from :iny hap-
hazard aggregation of forces among us, but from patient reliance upon the
leadership of Him whose office is to "guide into all truth," not only of doc-
trine but of metliod.
We inust not trespass on so much space in our minutes as to give, in this
report, even an outline of the constitution and method of work of the
Woman's Missionary Union, but deem it quite important that acquaint-
ance should be had with them. We therefore recommend the careful study
of the threp following pamphlets: First. The address of Dr. T P. Bell
before the Missionary Society of the Southern Baptist Theological Semi-
nary. Second, and snpplementai-y to this, a Tract by Miss Alice Armstrong,
bringing the work down two years later. Third, the report of the Twelfth
Annual Meeting of Won^an's Missionary Union. All to be had by address-
ing Mrs. D. M. Malone, Secretary, East Lake. Ala.
By consulting these and some other sources of information we find that
considerably more than a thousand woman's missionary societies scattered
throughout our churches, in fourteen states. Oklahoma and Indian Terri-
tories, reporting through this agency, and in return receiving its literature,
have now in the twelve years of its existpnce, contributed to th*^ three
Boards of the Southern Baptist Convention ($616,238.69) six hundred sixteen
thousand, two hundred thirty-eight dollars and sixty-nine cents. There
have been sent from the mission rooms 101,678 letters and 1,^76,826 pam-
phlets and leaflets.
The Woman's Missionary Union in Alabama consists of a Central Com-
mittee, of which Mrs. L. F. Stratton, of Birmingham, is President, Mrs D.
M. Malone, of East Lake. Secretary; Mrs. T. A. Hamilton, of East Lake.
Leader of the Young People's Mission Work, and Mrs. Florence Harris, of
Montgomery, Leader of the Baby %*anch. There are also committees and
associational vice-presidents, the latter office for Montgomery association
being held by Mrs. J. C. Cheney, of Montgomery. Through this agency,
during thp last conventional year, contributions werp reported to the
amount of $9,706.25 from societies in the associations, and $581.49 from the
Sunbeam work. Total $10,287.74. Of this sum the amount reported from
woman's societies in the Montgomery Association was $799.55. Our sidters
hav" done thus far. and thus well for the Master, at home and abroad.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
A F. Dix. Chairman.
Report on Youno- People's Union, read bv H. W. Provence'
Spoken to by H, W. Provence and Paul F. Dix, and adopted as
B. Y. P. U. Report.
The young people are the hope of the church. In a few years our chris-
tian work will be in the hands of those who are now the boys and girls in
our Sunday schools and young people's unions. If the young people are
trained for the work before them, the future of the denomination will be
full of usefulness; if they are allowed to grow up without training, we shall
miss many of our best opportunities. The educational plans of the B. Y.
p. U. have been wrought out by long and eai'nest thought, and the}' are the
best with which we ai-e acquainted. This movement is full of promise.
Our young people are taking hold of the denominational work as never be-
fore, and this activity is largely due to the B Y. P. U. We commend the
plans of the Union, and urge all oar brethren to c; - )perate with the young
H. W. Provence, Chairman.
Adjourned with benediction by B. A, Jackson.
THURSDAY— Morning Session.
Devotional exercises conducted by H. W. Provence. Prayer
by B. A. Jackson, W. D. Gay, J. F. Gable.
Report on finance committee read by A. J. Brooks and adopted
Report of Finance Comm tter.
Your committee to whom was referred the finances as reported by the
church letters beg to submit the following as cash received by us :
State Missions $20 90
Home Missions 7 00
Foreign Missions . . IH 37
Minutes and Associational 44 50
Orphanage 22 31
Ministerial Education 5 00
Mission Collection 5 66
Cash to balance $118 74
A. J Brooks,
H. C BURDESHAW,
J, W. East.
On motion, clerk pro tem. was authorized to have the min-
utes printed, and apply balance of funds to his services.
Report on Religious Literature read by J. B. Shelton. Spoken
to by J. B. Shelton, and adopted as follows: s
Report on Denominational Literature.
Denominational literature is one of the most potent factors in our work.
This is true in both a general and specific way:
1. The association which maintains a system of colportage work is more
liberal to missions and in every way better equipped for all its work. It
has often occurred that almost entire communities have been changed in
their way of thinking by the dissemination of Baptist literature, 'he
power of Baptist literature is v^^rp gr^at. an 1 ir.-s results for denominational
good untold. The community that maintains a Baptist Sunday school will
eventually be largely composed of Baptist men and women.
2. Much good will come to us individually if we study our denomina-
tional literature. It makes me glad that I am a Baptist when I read such
books as the "Baptist Why and Why Not," and many others that the Sun-
day school Board at Nashville is publishiug. This board has already done
a great work, and we look with confidence to its work in the future. We
commend its series of publications to our churches without reserve. They
are sound in doctrine, neatly printed, attractive in appearance, and of many
different kinds to suit the wants of the people, and cheap enough for the
poorest. The Board includes the sale of Bibles, Testaments, books, tracts
and Sunday school literature.
No Baptist can afford not to take the "Home Field," published at At-
lanta, Ga., and the Foreign Mission Journal, published at Richmond, Va.
It is with peculiar pleasui-e that your committee calls attention to our
own publication, the "• ' iabama Baptist," which comes every week as a big
home letter to each member of our big Baptist family in the state. The
Alabama Baptist has always been a great power for good in our work as a
denomination in Alabama, and we are persuaded that it will continue to be
honored of God as the main instrument in our state for disseminating doc-
trinal, practical and denominational literature. We most heartily recoin-
mend it for many reasons, but there are two, in particular, we wish to men-
tion. 2. The liberality of its space. 2. The liberality of its highly cultured
There never was a time when more o*" the space was used for the general
work of th ' denomination. Missionary reports, associational me stings, and
recently two entire editions have been given to two of our leading colleges,
besides man^- articles from time to time are devoted to the general work of
In the second place, it is but natural to expect much of the paper to be
devoted to our work^ for the editor himself is one of the most libera givers
in the state. He is not only a regular contributor in a systematic way
through his church, but there is never an appeal made that he is not among
the first to respond.
The paper is doing a great work, and we earnestly pray f r its future suc-
cess. Respectfully submitted,
John Bass Shelton.
G. G. Miles read a paper on The New Century Movement,
the printing- of which was requested in the Alabama Baptist by
a motion seconded.
A. F. Dix read a paper on Denominational Growth during the
H. W. Proyeuce spoke on our Denominational Missions dur-
ing the last century.
J. F. Gable spoke on our Improved Equipment for missionary
On motion, the report on Temperance, as found in the minutes
of the Southern Baptist Convention, was requested to be inserted
in the minutes of the association, as follows:
1. We reaffirm our truceless hostility to the liquor traffic in all its forms.
We regard it as one of the most appalling evils that ever cursed mankind,
as well as one of the greatest barriers to successful mission work in both
our home and foreign fields
2. That in the nullification of the law abolishing the army canteen, which
law was passed by the last congress in i-esponse to an irresistible demand
of the American people, a great wrong was perpetrated against Christianity,
good morals and civilization.
3. The establishment of the American saloon, in addition to the army
canteen, in our new possessions, is a d'reful blot on our civilization and on
our profession that ours is a Christian nation. President Sf.hurman. of the
Philippine Commission, himself aeknowledeps this fact in these words: "It
was unfortunate that we introduced and establisded the saloon in Manila to
corrupt the natives and to establish the viee of our race." He further adds r
"I have never seen a Filipino drunkard."
4. These recent developments in the extension of the liquor traffic should
impress our hearts anew with our grave responsibilities as Christian citi-
zens. Surelj the time has arrived when it has become the duty of every
minister of the gospel and all Christians to take an open stand against this
great obstacle to the spread of the Redeemer's kingdom and to align him-
self with every agencv in Church and State which has for its object the an-
nihilation of this traffic.
5. While we cannot approve any feature of the license system, we enter
our emphatic protest against the issuance by tlie national government of
its licenses in states or localities that are covered by prohibitory laws.
6. In brief, we favor prohibition for the nation and the State, and total
abstinence for the individual, and we believe th-it no Christian citizen
should ever cast a ballot for any man, measure, or platform, that is opposed
to the annihilation of the liquor traffic.
The following two resolutions were offered by J. F. Gable,
Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered the pastor and
members of Prattville Baptist church, the members of the Presbyterian
church for the use of their house, and the other gorid citizens of Prattville
of all religious creeds for their bountiful hospitality and kindness during
the meeting of this Association.
AVhereas, during the year which has pa.ssed since last ou'* association met
in session it has pleased God to call home from earthly labor to join "the
spirits of just men made perfect" our brother. Dr. C. \V. Buck, well known
among us for his genial disposition and warm hearted activities in all good
works, as well as his pulpit ministry in the cause of Christ.
Resolved, That Montgomery Associntion sorrowfully bows in submission
to the Father of our spirits in the deprivation of his liplpful presence, and
extends its sympathy to the church which loses a faithful member as well
as to the timily which has lost a loving father and hend.
Resolved, second. That these resolutions be spread upon our minutes, and
that the clerk be requested to send copies to any members of the family
who may be known to us.
A cash collection for Beulah church (Central Association), of
$8.25 was taken
The report on apportionment was read bv J. G. Mills, and re-
committed with request that the amount for missions be in-
creased 50 per cent.
On motion, report on apportionment was adopted as follows:
Report ox Apportioxmext.
Your committee on apportionment submit the following :
Adam Street '$ 400 00
Bethany j 7 00
Kethel ( Ft. Deposit 70 00
Kethesda 21 00
Clayton Street I 400 00
Ooosada . 11 ()0
Deatsvilie 28 00
First, .Montgomery 800 00
Hayneville ' 20 Oit'
Letohatchee 20 00
Luwndesboro 70 00
Mt. Hebron 25 00[
Mt. Lebanon ; io 00
Mt. Zion 56 00
Pine Level 56 00
Prattville 150 OOJ
Kamer 35 001
Souiii Montgomery 25 00|
Wetumpka 115 001
West End, Montgomery 7 OOJ
Brewer Memorial 15 00
Total $1,989 00$ 249 50$ 98 00 $ 162 00|$ 457 00
T. J Porter.
.1. G. Mills,
K. M. AXDERSOX,
Report ox Orphan's Home
Your committee appointed for the purpose of making report on the Or-
phanage at Evergreen, beg to submit the following:
Since our last associational meeting the family of children at the Or-
phanage has grown larger for the average time than ever before. The en-
rollment since the Home was established up to the 16th of August, 1900,
was 136 from 80 counties.
Of these, 2 boys and 4 girls have died, 2 boys have been apprenticed; 2
boys and 1 girl have been irregularly discharged, 13 boys and 18 girls have
been returned to their people, aiid 15 boys and 14 girls have been adopted;
making in all 34 boys and 37 girls that have gone out from the Home, leav-
ing 29 boys and 36 girls in the family. Thus we see that 136 children
have been receiveb and 71 gone out, leaving still' in the Home on the 16th of
August last 65 children. The current expenses had been very well provided
for this year, so that the Home owes but a small debt.
It requires about ten dollars a day to furnish this large family with only
a moderate and reasonable support, and as they have no income they are
dependent on the offerings of friends and sympathizers of and with the
work, and what little crops Brother Stewart and the little boys are able to
grow and raise. The paramount need of the Home just now is a sick ward,
so that the sick children can be separated from those who are not sick, and
especially is this true in ca^e of death in the prf^sent crowded conditions.
Last November found the Home in the throes of an epidemic of malarial
fever, with everv room in the buildinp already occupied, while the disease
spread broader and moi-e severe ev^'rv day It was impossibli-' to spparate
the sick from tlie well so they could have quiet and rest. In the meantime
two of the childi-en died, whicli added greatly to the distress and embar-
rassment of the Home.
In August bilious fever made its appearance in the Home, and at one time
13 boys were sti'icken down with it and some were delirious. At one time
during the year the Homp also went through an epidemic of sore eyes, and
there was no way to isolate the afflicted from the well so as to prevent the
spread of the contagion. In case of sicknpss, and especially epidemics, it
is of the utmost importance to prevent one patient from knowing the con-
dition of another and in some instances it may be a sister or a brother, but
it is impossible for the management to do this under present conditions.
The Savior of mankind taught that trup religion consists of caring, for the
orphans and the widow, the sick and afflicted, and we earnestly appeal to
all sympathizing friends and Christians who love Him and the teachings of
Him whose precious blood made sacred the soil of Mt. Calvary, to aid in
this laudable effort to alleviate the suffering of these little ones who have
been left moiheriess. fatherless, homeless.
V II. Bkli., Chi:ii-man.
On motion, Association requested H W. Provence to correct
an error as per morning" papei in reg-ard to the Baptist imnistr}'
After indultfing in brief * xpressions of appreciation and g"rat-
itude the avSsociation adjourned with sing-ing- "God be with you
till we meet ag^ain," and prayer by J. B. Shelton.
C. J0HN.S0N, " G. G. Miles,
Clerk pro tern. Moderator.
EEPORT SECOND ANNUAL MEETING W().VI \N'S IMISSION ARY UNION
Auxiliary to Montgomea'y Baptist Association.
The second annual meeting of the Woman's Missionary Union, .Au.xiliary
to -Montgomerv Ri[)tist Association, was liP.'d in the Presbyterian church
at Prattville, o'n Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1900.
Mrs. L. F. Stratton. President of Central Committee. Birmingham, con-
vened the spssion at 10 o'clock, and the devotional exercises were conducted
by Mrs. A. F Dix, Montgomery.
Mrs T. W. Hannon was elected secretary.
Tlie association extended to the Union an invitation to hear address by
Rev. W. B. Crumpton on State Missions; and meeting adjourned for this
Meeting re-convened with words of welcome spoken by Mrs. S. A. Smith,
Prattville. and responded to by Mrs. J. C. Cheney. Montijomery.
Mrs. Stratton extended Christian greeting to the large representation of
Enrollment of delegates followed :
Adams Street — IMrs. Powell,
Clayton Street— Mrs. H. W. Provence.
Brewer Memorial Church, Cecil — Mrs. A. J Brooks.
REPORT OP^ COMMITTEE OX NOMINATION*-;.
Your committee would recommend that the next meeting of the Mont-
gomery Association he iield with the Ft Deposit Bnptist Church, on
Wednesday after the 4th Sunday in August (2f-.'9-30) J901, and that Rev. A.
J. Preston be appointed to preach the iiitroducto'*y sermon, and Dr. C A.
Stakely to preach the Missionary sermon.
Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention — Rev. T. J. Porter; Alternate,
Maj J. G. Harris.
Delegates to the State Convention — G. G. Miles, C. Johnson, Cabot Lull,
.1. I. Lamar, H.. Meadows, B. A Jackson, A.J. Brooks, .7. B. Shelton, E E.
Gresham. W. J. Elliott,
E. E. Gresham,
M. A. Pyron,
Deatsville — Miss ^. J. Pyron.
First Montgomery— Mrs. J. 0, Cheney, Mrs. F. I. Harris, Mrs. A. F. Dix,
Mrs. T. W. Hannon.
Mt. IIpt)ron — Mrs. G^o. Harrison,
Prattville— Mrs. S. A. Smith, Mrs. McQ Smitli, Miss Mary Ward.
South Montgomery — Miss A. Spear, Miss .J, Spear.
Monied contributions for the year, report ;d from Ladies' Aid and Mis-
sii)navy Societies :
Adams Street L. A. and M. S $207 00
Chi ton Str 'et W. M. S 108 04
Deatsville L. A. S 49 99
First Montgomery W M. S 216 12
i'rattviile L. A. S 133 78
Prattville L. M. S 127 42
South M.mtgcme' v L, M. S 23 38
WetumpkaLA S 98 86
Total S959 39
Several froraier ho.vps of clothing were reported in values from $50.00 to
Mrs. Stratton emphasized tlip importance of including, reports of socie-
tie'^ in replies to letters received from Central Committee.
Babies Branch was presented by Mrs. F. I. Harris, its object being to im-
pr<^ss upon mothers the importance of training children from infancy in
giving to missions.
(.vlieering, grateful words of appreciation and encouragement come from
all parts of the State, and over five hundred receptacles and leaflets for
the work have been distributed.
!\Irs. D\x discussed Pe sonal Obligation of Woman — her service, duty,
her abi ity, love to Christ, her opportunity — the jiresent.
.After singing "Work, for the Night is Coming," the Union was adjoutned
until 2 :30 o'clock.
Meeting was called to order at 2:30 o'clock by Mrs. Stratton.
He})orts on Frontier Boxes were made by ]\Irs. Ffannon and Mrs. Smith,
and Mrs. Stratton added the statement of ]\Ii-s Armstrong, W. INI. U., Bal-
timore, of the urgent needs of the Frontier Missicnriry and his family,
and the suggestion that the boxes contain something to cheer and comfoi-t
as well as supply and furnish.
Mrs T. A. Hamilton, of Birmingham, i)re^ented Sunbeam Work — its
methods and objects in training childrnn in early ciiildhood to be practical
Baptists and systematic givers. Helpful reports came through Mrs. Smith
and Miss Spear.
Rev. A. G. Mosely presented an appeal that the women of Alabama would
assist in the erection of a l^>aptist church in New Orleans, $1,200 being
hoped for from the denomination in this State. A private contribution was
given and the promise from delegates to plead his cause before the societies
Mrs. Hamilton discussed Woman's Work in the Past Century as evi-
denced in that great assemblage — the Ecumenical Conference — the great
meeting itself an impossibility without the work that lies behind it, the un-
pi-ecedented attfndance. the heavenly atmosphere, the thrilling words and
inspii-iiig songs, the birding and forging of bonds in Christian fellowship.
The work began in .\merica when Ann Hasseltine Judson departed for In-
dia, and though numbers of glorious additions have been made as the years
have gone, the best material is still required to core with the logical heathen
mind. The foreign work is largely accomplished through, the ministrations
of women missionaries in heathen homes; the work in our country through
the Woman's ^lissionary Unions and State Central Committees, planned
and equipped for stimulating effort, increasing gifts and distributing infor-
mation among the women and children in the churches.
Mrs. Stratton discussed Movement for the New Century. Shall it be ret-
rogression or digression? Paralysis has resulted from the Chinese trouble,
though no great movement in the world's history has been accomplished
without war No fears are entertained for the final outcome, for God's
kingdom will be advanced, though the deaths of His martyrs and lives of
His missionaries are precijus in His sight. He orders events; He rules
the universe. Let activities be increased, sympathies enthused, and ener-
gies stimulated in the glorious opportunities and great responsibilities that
open with the century. The new lines of work are the Annuity Fund, the
S. S. Board paying interest on same during life time of giver, and at death
willed where money will accomplish greatest good ; and Church Building
Loan Fund — women workers lending money to aid in erecting houses of
worship in destitute sections.
Miss A. W. .Armstrong's leaflet was read — "Women as Helpers in God's
Kingdom — giving a retrospective and introspective survey of woman in
the great cause of missions.
Mrs. J. C. Cheney, our Associational Vice-President, tendered her resig-
nation, her successor to be appointed by the Central Committee.
A unanimous vote of thanks was extended the ladies of Prattville for
cordial hospitality and the Presbyterian friends for the use of their churcii.
Meeting then adjourned and benediction pronounced by Mrs. Stratton.
REPORT OF TRE.\SURER.
(The following amounts were received from the Finance Committee at
session of Association 1899.)
J. C. Pope, Treasurer, in account with
Montgonir-ry Baptist Association.
Aug. 17. To cash, missions . . $41 11
" Association purposes — Bethany church 5 2.5
" " " collected at Association .. . 1 25
" Minutes 28 00—75 61
Aug. 19 By IMissions * 41 11
"Minutes. 28 00
" Associational purposes 6 50 — 75 61
To balance on hand last report 5 96
Collected at Association, 1899 6 50—12 46
By sup. Minute fund 5 00
•' wrappers, postal cai'ds, postage, etc. ... 1 25 — 6 25
Balance on hand .... $ 6 21
J. C. Pope. Trfasurr^r.
FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF MONTGOMERY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, FOR YEAR 1903.
r/3 • —
"^ 7? ii
^ 65 00 .« '^s on
$ 19 40
$ 2 00
$ 349 20
$ 3005 56
$ 9 00
5 2 50
Bethesda. . .
[ 23 60
First Montgomery. .....
$ 1400 00
Lowndt^sboro 25 17
Mt. Hebron 6 00
Mt. Lebanon 1 50
Mt. Zion 1
12 00 144 98
8 50' 6 37
South Montg inerv. ..
West Montgomery . —
$2228 47;$ 15747 35
$ 1400 00
STATISTICS OF MONTGOxMERY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1900.
Brewer Memorial .
Clayton Street ...
Mt. Lebanon ....
Jjowndes. . . .
Elmore . . .
Elmore . . .
Lowndes. . . .
Lowndes. . . .
Lowndes. . .
Autauga. . .
W. D. Gay
J. M. Johnson
T J. l\)i'ter
E. F. Baber
K. F. Baber
M. VV. Persons.. .
John B. Shelton.
S. M. Adams
0. A. Htakely. . . .
J. A. Howard. . . .
1. N, Langston . . ,
W. J. Elliott.. .
.John B. Slielton. .
A, F. Dix
N. 0. Underwood
J. C. Pope, Montgomery
J. S. Turner, Ware
J. T. Boyd. Ada
W. M. Carter, Mathews
L. S. Jones, Montgomery
D J. Moon, Millbrook
.T. I. Lamar, Deatsville
Maxie Pei)perinan, Montgomery
J. F. Vai'ner, Hayneville
C. H. i'owell, Letohatehie
Frank Gord(^n, Lowndesboro. . .
John Ilogan, Sjjigeners
W. F. Niblett, Gibson
J. G. Mills, Chambers
A. J. I'reston. .
B. A. Jackson .
J F. Gable.
A, C. Swindall
W. J. Elliott JR. L. Ward, Wetumpka.
[i. M. Anderson, Prattviile.
A. J. Rushton, Ramer
J. F. Doster, Montgomery. .
J. E. Lloyd, Montgomery . . .
2 34 2876
Willis L. Chandler, Montgomery
W. P. Dawson, Ware
A. J. 'rooks, Cecil
Frank Allen, Montgomery
R. H. Hudson, Millbrook
J. I. Lamar, l^eatsville
Mike Crdy, ,Tr., Montgomery. .
H. C. Burdeshaw, Hayneville.
J. AV. Dickson, Letohatehie. . . .
P N. CiJiey, Lowndesboro. . . .
W. H. Kendrick, Elmore
R. M. Anderson, Prattviile.
B. A. Jackson, Ramer
J. B. Collier, Montgomery
H. C. Smith, Montgomery. .
W. E. Lacy. Wetumpka. . . .
*Taken from last year's minutes.