THE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR MOVEMENT.
THE first Society of Christian Endeav-
or was established at Portland, Me.,
February 2, 1881, by Rev. Frances E.
Clark, in Williston Church, of which
Rev. Clark was pastor. The objects
of the Society, as stated in a cate-
chism of "facts about Christian En-
deavor," are: "For the training of
young converts for the duties of church membership; to
promote an earnest Christian life among its members; to
increase the mutual acquaintance, and to make them
more useful in the service of God."
Men who originate great moral and religious move-
ments generally build better than they know, and I am
persuaded that the originator of this great work is not
an exception to the rule. The good that has been and
may be accomplished by the Christian Endeavor So-
ciety, may indeed embrace even more than is so con-
cisely summed up in the words which I have quoted,
and yet they are sufficiently comprehensive to embrace
chiefly those principles that have made the work such a
success. Here is a birds-eye view of its phenomenal