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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.              179

from which it sprung.  The colored Methodists in New York, a few
months later, organized under the name of the "Colored Methodist
Episcopal (Zion) Church."  These two organizations are now among
the largest negro Churches in the world, and are doing noble work
for the evangelization of their race. After the organization of these
two colored Churches but little attention was given by the Methodist
Conferences in the North to the religious instruction of the colored
people in their midst.  Owing to these facts, and also that the great
bulk of the negroes was in the South, the missions of Methodism
among the colored people were confined for nearly half a century to
the Southern Conferences.  They furnished the preachers who sup-
plied them with religious instruction, and the Southern people pro-
vided the church-buildings in which they worshipped God.
    The  commission of Methodist preachers sends them "to all
nations," and when the negroes came within the range of their min-
istrations, they shared freely the benefits of their labors.  As Meth-
odism extended in the South, this became the established order. The
same pastor proclaimed the gospel to master and slave. Often they
assembled in the same congregation-the whites in the body of the
church, and the slaves in the gallery or a portion of the house set
apart for their use.  When special services were held for the colored
people, they occupied the body of the church, while the master and
mistress were seated in that part of the church usually assigned the
negroes.   In stations or large appointments, and on quarterly or camp
meeting occasions, special services were held for the benefit of the
colored people.  The pastor who preached to all in the morning
would preach to the slaves from the same pulpit in the afternoon.
Under these ministrations remarkable results were accomplished, and
in the several Conferences the colored members were numbered by
thousands.
     In 1808 Bishop Asbury, for the first time, records the appoint-
ment of missionaries to the colored people in South Carolina. J. H.
Millard was appointed to a mission on the Savannah River and James
E. Glenn to a mission on the Santee. These names should be held
in sacred remembrance. They are the pioneers of a mission that
brought multitudes of the sons of Ham to a knowledge of the cross.
As the Church in the South extended its borders and multiplied its




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


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