EIGHTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ADJOURNED SESSION OF THE 83rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
of the BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Saturday Morning, April 1, 1967
The Meeting was opened with CarlC.Cassel directing the singing of "Jesus. Thy Blood and Righteousness" and Daniel G. Ziegler led in prayer.
The devotional message of the morning was brought by District Superintendent and Chairman, T.D. Gehret, basing his remarks on I Corinthians 3:12-18, and emphasizing the need of the hour as being a new encounter with Jesus Christ.
The roll was called,
Resolved, that we accept the alternate delegates and seat them in the Conference Bar.
Resolved, that Frank L. Herb be excused from the morning session and William A. Heffner and H. Phares Mumbauer be excused
for the day.
Report of the Committee on Church Government :
Whereas, the 83rd Annual Conference voted that we have only one District Superintendent beginning October, 1967, therefore,
Resolved, that we request the Adjourned Session of the 83rd Annual Conference to consider the following enabling legislation:
I. Elections at Adjourned Session
A Vice-District Superintendent shall be elected annually by ballot by the Annual Conference at its Adjourned Session from among the active ordained ministers.
In the event of a vacany in the office of District Superintendent, he shall fulfill the unexpired term.
A Vice -Chairman of Annual Conference shall be elected annually by ballot by the Annual Conference at its Adjourned Session from among the ordained ministers.
II. Composition of Boards and Committees
We recommend the following necessary changes in the membership of Boards and Committees:
Board of Directors - add - one layman
Board of Foreign Missions - add - one minister
Board of Church Extenstion - add - one minister
Board of Directors of Berean - add - one minister
Board of Victory Valley - add - one minister
Board of Mizpah Grove - add - one layman
Credentials Committee - add - one minister
S. S. Promotion Committee - add - one minister
III. Local Conference
Whereas, our transition to one District Superintendent makes it virtually impossible for him to fulfill the traditional visits to the
Local Conferences, therefore,
Each Congregation shall hold four stated Local Conferences each year. The Official Board shall establish the calendar of the
four Local Conferences for each Church and shall inform the District Superintendent of the dates established by November 1.
The District Superintendent shall serve as Chairman of one local Conference on a date agreed upon between him and the Official
The Official Board may call upon the District Superintendent to serve as Chairman of Local Conferences other than regular stated
(C.E.Kirkwood, Chairman; Willard E. Cassel, Secretary; Carl C. Cassel, Richard H.Kline, Frank L. Herb, Jr. , Jansen E. Hartman and John H.Riggall, Committee)
The report was adopted.
The following were elected:
District Superintendent: A.L.Seifert
Vice-District Superintendent: John H. Riggall
Director of Church Extension: Earl M. Hosier
Chairman of the Annual Conference: A. L.Seifert
Vice-Chairman of the Annual Conference: C.E.Kirkwood
Secretary of Annual Conference: Ernest B.Hartman
Report of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School, I submit the following item to the Adjourned Session of the 83rd
Annual Conference meeting in Grace Church, Reading, Pa., on Saturday, April 1, 1967 for ratification:
The election of Rev. Jansen E. Hartman as President of Berean Bible School for the term of June 30, 1967 to June 30, 1968. This action was taken by the Board in theirregular meeting on Saturday, February 4, 1967.
W. B.Hottel, Secretary
The report was received and the action of the Board was ratified.
John H. Riggall and Jansen E. Hartman gave oral reports of the progress of the Committee to Plan the Development of the Bible Fellowship Church Conference Center.
Adjourned with prayer by C. E. Kirkwood.
Saturday Afternoon, April 1, 1967
The meeting was opened with prayer by Bruce A. Ellingson.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The following were elected:
Nominating Committee: Donald R. Knauer, C. E. Kirkwood, John H. Riggall, Daniel G. Ziegler, William Rapp, Robert W. Gehret, Harold W. Griest, Horace A. Kauffman.
Report of the Board of Directors - Administrative Budget:
BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Board of Directors
The budget to cover administration of the Bible Fellowship Church in the year starting with October 1967, is respectfully sub mitted for the consideration and approval of the 83rd Annual Conference, Reading, Pa. , on April 1, 1967, as follows:
1. Publication and Printing ............... $ 1,500.00
2. Conference Entertainment Expenses ....... 640. 65
3. Beneficiary Fund ....................... 800. 00
4. District Superintendent:
(a) Annual Support ...................... 7,000.00
(b) Travel and Utility Grant ............. 3,400.00
5. District Superintendent's Parsonage ...... 5,215.35
6. Minister's Retirement Fund ............. 4, 000. 00
7. Moving Fund ........................... 3,200.00
8. Expenses for Boards and Committees while
transacting Conference Business ......... 800. 00
9. Other Expenses of Board of Directors ..... 290.00
10. Contingencies .......................... 500. 00
11. Ministerial Convention Expenses ......... 400. 00
Subscriptions to the Budget for Administration for year 1967 -68:
Allentown District Bethlehem District
Allentown(Bethel) $ 1,800 Allentown (Salem) $ 350
Allentown(Cedar Crest) 600 Bethlehem 2, 160
Catasauqua 372 Blandon 500
Graterford 650 Coopersburg 800
Harleysville 500 Denville 300
Harrisburg 775 Easton 660
Hatfield 1,280 Emmaus 1,500
Lancaster 380 Fleetwood 900
Lebanon 330 Maple Glen 840
Mt. Carmel 660 Phila. (Calvary) 500
Lehighton 384 Phila. (Emmanuel) 368
Nazareth 540 Quakertown 1, 105
Paradise 360 Scranton 450
Reading 1,920 Staten Island 300
Royersford 500 Stroudsburg 252
Shamokin 480 Terre Hill 1, 020
Spring City 600 Wallingford 1,000
Sunbury 1,200 Zionsville 345
Sinking Spring ____215
$ 14,396 $ 13,350
Total $ 27,746.00
The Budget was adopted.
Returned Missionaries, Fred Venable of Nigeria, Austin Shelly of Venezuela and Timothy Kauffman of France gave a few words of greetings.
The Sunday School Promotion Committee Report was presented.
Resolved, that we recommit this report to this Committee for revision to include a doctrinal statement of our beliefs.
Report of the Bethlehem District Camp:
Chairman: Frank L. Herb, Jr.
Recording Secretary: Willard E. Cassel
Financial Secretary: Harvey J. Fritz, Jr.
Willard E. Cassel, Secretary
Report of the Allentown District Camp:
Chairman: John H. Riggall
Recording Secretary: N.H.Wolf
Financial Secretary: James G.Koch
David J.Watkins, Secretary
Report of the Committee on Church Forms;
(For presentation to Adjourned Session as per directive on page 49 of the 1966 YearBook).
APPLICATION FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Bible Fellowship Church
Name Date_______ Phone______
Address ____________ zip code ____
The applicant shall be responsible to read the FAITH AND ORDER OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, or, in the case of younger applicants, shall have knowledge of the basic truths contained therein.
This questionnaire is to provide information in preparation for your interview with the Membership Committee. (If additional space is required for your answers, please use the reverse side).
Kindly return the completed form to the pastor.
SALVATION: Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour from sin? ____ When? ______Where?______
On the reverse side, please write a resume' of your conversion experience.
BAPTISM: Have you been baptized by immersion upon your confession of faith in Christ? ___ When? Where?
DOCTRINE: Are you in agreementwith the FAITH AND ORDER OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH? Yes ____ No_____
CHRISTIAN LIFE: We, of the Bible Fellowship Church, "look with deep concern on the great increase of potentially harmful amusements and lift up a solemn note of warning against theater going, indecent literature, dancing, and such games of chance as are frequently associated with gambling, and the indiscriminate use of television. "
Therefore, will you by public example and personal devotion, seek to live a Christian life that will bring honor to the Lord?
Please check (X) any of the following if you: use or deal in( )tobacco ( )intoxicating beverages ( )narcotics; belong to ( ) secret oath-bound societies; have been ( )divorced.
CHURCH ACTIVITY: It is my earnest purpose as a member of this church to aid in every way I can the successful carrying out of its program. To this end:
1. I shall pray regularly for the blessing of the Lord upon this church and its ministry. Yes____No____
2. I shall make it my practice to attend regularly the services I have checked:
( )Morning Worship ( )Sunday School
( )Evening Service ( )Prayer Meeting
3. I shall give regularly and proportionately to the financial program of our church work. Yes____No____
MEMBERSHIP: If your membership is currently in another church, please give the name and address of that church.
Name _________________________________ Telephone ______
Address_______________________________ Zip Code_______
Date of Birth_________________Place of Birth_____________
Date of dedication___________at____________by__________
Date of baptism_____________at____________by__________
The report was not adopted.
Resolved, that a committee of five pastors be elected to study and prepare a paper on Church Membership to be presented at the
Annual Conference 1968.
The following were elected: Frank L. Herb, Jr. , C. E. Kirkwood, James G. Koch, David J. Watkins, Daniel G. Ziegler.
Adjourned with prayer by District Superintendent A. L. Seifert, at 5:00 p.m.