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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.               151

prevented from occupying these fields only from the want of funds.
The removals above alluded to have reduced the total membership in
many of our churches in the Atlantic States.  Some of the churches
have suffered very seriously in this regard.  As churches become self-
sustaining they are removed from our roll, and this also lessens our
total number of communicants as reported.
     Our Field Superintendent, whose duty it is to look after the in-
terests of the work on the field, has rendered the Board valuable aid
in prosecuting the work.  In doing this he has traveled 16,000 miles,
visited 125 churches and schools, attended ten  Presbyteries and two
Synods, and made two hundred addresses and sermons. He reports
the work everywhere as hopeful and growing.  It is gratifying to re-
port that the colored people in our churches and schools have this
year given towards self-support $45,581.39, an increase of more than
$4000 over last year. Many of our churches, however, have failed
to report in regard to this matter.  If all the reports had come in we
have no doubt they would have run the total up to $50,000.
     The following table will show the work of the year in detail, and
will show a growth all along the line as compared with last year, ex-
cept in the total of communicants, which may be accounted for by the
removals above alluded to, and churches becoming self-sustaining.
Two churches on the roll last year with over 600 members, are now
among the self-sustaining churches.
                             MISSIONARIES.
Ordained ministers ..................................white, 14; colored, 120
Licentiates and Catechists .......................... "      4;    "      19
Teachers, males ..................................... "     16;    "      64
  "       females ................................... "     32;    "      85
                               CHURCHES.
Organized during the year ..............................................   7
Whole number under care of the Board, 252; Missions, 17 ................ 269
Communicants added on examination...........................1296}      1,483
    "          " certificate ............................... 193} 
 Average on examination to each church, nearly .........................   6
    "           "           "  minister, over ..........................  10




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


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