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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
136          STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.


            THE COMPETITORS OF METHODISM.
                         BY D. J. WALLAR.
    In England the Established Church has the highest status in regard
to numbers, wealth, and social position.  The offcial Year-book shows
that during the past thirty years its progress has been phenomenal.
The sum of nearly ,30,000,000 sterling has been expended in  this
time in church extension and  27,000,000 in day-schools  The Eccle-
siatiscal Commission has increased the benefices 965,800 per annum,
representing the income which would be derived from a capital sum of
28,696,000.     To meet the grants made by the Commissioners
26,000 is raised annually for curates in the mining districts.  Of the
4,750,000 of children on the school registers 2,250,000 belong to the
Church of England.  The number of benefices is 14,200, with over
23,000 clergy.  The revenues from tithes, glebes and endowments is
7,250,000 per annum.  The churches contain 6,200,000 sittings,
and the estimated number of adherants is 13,500,000.   There are
also 3,500 colonial clergy in connection with the Church of England,
but there is no attempt to estimate the number of church members.

     The Methodist Church holds a status next to the Established
Church.   There are 14,475 chapels, 4,028 ministers, 39,599  local
preachers, 784,738 members, and probably no fewer than 3,000,000
adherents.  There is no complete return as to the number of sittings
provided in the Methodist Churches. The Wesleyans have 2,156,209
--about four times the number of Church Members returned.    Esti-
mating the other Methodist communities in the same proportion the
number of sittings in their places of worship is considerably over three
millions.

     After the Methodist Church, the Independents, or Congregation-
alists, as they are now called, are the most numerous, with 5,420
churches, and 1,563,919 sittings.  It is estimated that 1,250,000 of
the population belong to this community.  The Baptists are not so
numerous as the Congregationalists, but the influence of Mr. Spurgeon
and the pastors trained by him have greatly advanced the interests of
that denomination. In Great Britain and Ireland there are 3,745
churches and 324,498 members.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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