EIGHTY-FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1967


            The Eighty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church convened in the Bethel Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


            The Conference opened at 10:00 A.M. October 9, with the singing of "Footprints of Jesus" led by Mr. Clyde W. Snyder. Pastor N.H. Wolf read I Cor.4:1-5 and led in prayer. The hymn "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" was also sung by the members of Annual Conference. Pastor LeRoy S. Heller sang "O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done?"


            Retiring District Superintendent, T. D. Gehret, addressed the Conference. The text for the. address was Matthew 19:27-30. Brother Gehret emphasized "Discipleship". Outlined was the Price, Privilege and Cost of Discipleship.


            District Superintendents, T. D. Gehret and A. L. Seifert conducted the Communion Service.


            The Chairman, A. L. Seifert, instructed the Secretary, Ernest B. Hartman, to appoint his assistants. James A. Beil, Assistant Secretary and Robert W. Smock, Recording Secretary, were appointed.


            The following were enrolled as members of the Conference:

ORDAINED: Russell T. Allen, E. W. Bean, James A. Beil, Bert N. Brosius, Alva C. Cassel, Carl C. Cassel, Willard E. Cassel, John Dunn, Bruce A. Ellingson, Raymond R. Dotts, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., T. D. Gehret, John E. Golla, Ernest B. Hartman, Jansen E. Hartman, W. W. Hartman, William A. Heffner, LeRoy S. Heller, Frank L. Herb, Jr., George E. Herb, John H. Herb, Earl M. Hosler, W. B. Hottel, Robert F. Johnson, C. E. Kirkwood, Donald T. Kirkwood, Richard H. Kline, Donald R. Knauer, James G. Koch, Ronald C. Mahurin, Leon K. Overpeck, Robert Paul, R. C. Reichenbach, John H. Riggall, A. L. Seifert, Robert W. Smock, David E. Thomann. David J. Watkins, Norman R. Weiss, N. H. Wolf, Daniel G. Ziegler, Paul E. Baer, W. F. Heffner, E. E. Kublic, J. B. Layne, E. J. Rutman, P. T. Stengele, F. B. Hertzog, Donald B. Schaeffer, Reynold D. Gardner.


PROBATIONERS: M. Leslie Campbell, Paul B. Kuder, Keith E. Plows, Mark T. Smith, Paul G. Zimmerman.


DELEGATES:


ALLENTOWN DISTRICT

Allentown (Bethel) - Kermit K. Gehman

Allentown (Cedar Crest) - R. Paul Schaeffer

Catasauqua -Arthur W. Deppe

Graterford - Edward A. Stortz

Harleysville -H. Phares Mumbauer

Harrisburg - Walter A. Schlagel

Hatfield - Clyde W. Snyder

Lancaster - Horace A. Kauffman

Lebanon - Frank L. Herb, Sr.

Lehighton - Willard E. Blocker

Mount Carmel - Roy E. Williams

Nazareth - Norman W. Granda

Paradise - George J. Dippner

Reading - Robert Breitegam

Royersford - William R. Hunsberger

Shamokin - T. Lamarn Manney

Sinking Spring - Paul W. Sensenig

Spring City - John F. Boyle

Sunbury - Allan F. Smith

York - Sterling E. Baer


BETHLEHEM DISTRICT

Allentown (Salem) - Allan C. Palmer

Bethlehem - Paul H. Cressman

Blandon - John I. Mengel

Coopersburg - Harold A. Mann

Denville - John F. Moran

Easton - Leonard F. Kessler

Emmaus - Paul I. Wentz

Fleetwood - Norman L. Reed

Maple Glen - Byron C. Cassel

Philadelphia (Calvary) - Leon H. Naudasher

Philadelphia (Emmanuel) - Edward J. Dietzman

Quakertown - Harold P. Shelly, Sr.

Scranton - Carl H. Kellerman

Staten Island - Kenneth Cole

Stroudsburg - George R. Fish

Terre Hill - J. R. Weber

Wallingford - Harold W. Griest

Zionsville - Charles G. Hersh


            Written excuses were submitted by J. B. Layne, Paul E. Baer, Jack S. Herb and Harold A. Mann.


            Oral excuses were presented concerning W. F. Heffner, Byron C. Cassel and Willard E. Blocker.

 

Resolved, That the excuses of the absent members be accepted.


            Alternate delegates, J. R. Weber of Terre Hill and Frank L. Herb, Sr., of Lebanon, were seated.


            New delegates, Paul W. Sensenig of Sinking Spring and Clyde Snyder of Hatfield, were introduced.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROGRAM: (See Report, page 23).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the first eight pews to the front and right of the Chairman constitute the Conference Bar.


            Resolved, That no one be permitted to leave the Conference Bar without permission except the delegate and pastor of the host congregation.

 

The Chairman appointed the following committees:

            Committee on Auditing: Horace A. Kauffman, Donald B. Knauer, Paul H. Cressman, R. Paul Schaeffer, William R. Hunsberger, Norman L. Reed, Raymond R. Dotts.


            Committee on Communications: William A. Heffner, Russell T. Allen, Bert N. Brosius, Bruce Ellingson and Harvey J. Fritz, Jr.


            Committee on Examination of Local Conference Minutes: E W. Bean, Frank L. Herb, Jr., Leon K. Overpeck, W. W. Hartman, John H. Herb, W. B. Hottel, A. W. Deppe, Harold A. Mann, Walter A. Schlagel, Allen F. Smith, John F. Boyle, Edward A. Stortz, H. Phares Mumbauer, John I. Mengel, Norman W. Granda, John F. Moran, Leon H. Naudasher, Clyde W. Snyder, Allan C. Palmer and Robert Breitegam.


            Committee on Finance: Paul I. Wentz, Sr., Byron C. Cassel, Roy E. Williams, Harold W. Griest, Kermit K. Gehman and Charles G. Hersh.


            Committee on Resolutions: C. E. Kirkwood, Carl C. Cassel, Keith E. Plows, R. C. Reichenbach and Earl M. Hosler.


            Reporter: Daniel G. Ziegler


            Tellers: James G. Koch, George E. Herb, Norman R. Weiss, Robert F. Johnson and Ronald C. Mahurin.

 

Timekeeper: David J. Watkins.

 

The above committees were approved.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS Part I

(See Report, page 24).


            The report was accepted.



            Resolved, That the resignation of John E. Golla be accepted and that his credentials be withdrawn.


            Resolved, That Harold C. Weaber and M. Leslie Campbell be ordained during the Thursday evening meeting of this Annual Conference.


            The report of the Committee on Agenda was received as a guide for the Conference.


REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE: (See Report, page 25).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 3:00 p.m.

 

Adjourned with prayer by Harvey J. Fritz, Jr.


Second Meeting

Monday Afternoon, October 9, 1967

            The meeting was opened at 3:00 p.m. with prayer by Robert F. Johnson.


            Pastor Alva C. Cassel spoke briefly of his future plans of assuming a pastorate in Maine, engaging in rural missionary work.


            Missionaries Timothy G. Kauffman, Fred Vendable and missionary candidate George F. Lee also gave words of greeting and spoke of future plans.


            Norman B. Jerome from the American Sunday School Union briefly addressed the Conference.


            Resolved, That no nominations be submitted from the Conference floor without having first secured the permission of the person being nominated.


REPORT OF THE YOUTH FELLOWSHIP GENERAL COMMITTEE (See Reports, page 26).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That each Youth Fellowship remit an offering for the work of the Youth Fellowship General Committee, and that this offering be payable to the treasurer of the Youth Fellowship General Committee and that it be submitted to the secretary of said committee at the Adjourned Session of this Conference.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION AND PRINTING (See Report, page 27).

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE TREASURER: (See Reports, page 28).

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROMOTION COMMITTEE: (See Report, page 29).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That every Bible Fellowship Sunday school make a contribution for denominational Sunday school promotion. This contribution should be mailed to the Financial Secretary of the Committee, James R. Cressman, 1128 N. New Street, Bethlehem, Pa., 18018, before April 1, 1968.


REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL CONVENTION: (See Report, page, 30).

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES: (See Report, page 31).

            The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH FELLOWSHIP NEWS (See Report, page 36).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the month of January be designated as subscription month for FELLOWSHIP NEWS.


            Resolved, That donations to FELLOWSHIP NEWS be given by the following boards and committees: Board of Foreign Missions, $50.00; Board of Church Extension, $50.00; Board of Directors of Berean Bible School, $50.00; Sunday School Promotion Committee $50.00; and Committee on Publication and Printing $400. Checks shall be made payable to FELLOWSHIP NEWS and sent to the Treasurer, Mr. Paul T. Rutman, 13 Hunter Lane, Camp Hill, Pa. , 1701 1, no later than February 1, 1968.


            The Editor, David E. Thomann, and the Business Manager, R. C. Reichenbach, gave oral reports.

 

The following were elected:

            Youth Fellowship General Committee: Ronald C. Mahurin, Daniel G. Ziegler and Clyde W. Snyder.

 

Editor of FELLOWSHIP NEWS: David E. Thomann


            Resolved, That Alva C. Cassel be excused from attending the remaining meetings of Annual Conference.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 8:00 P.M. at Bethel Church.


            Adjourned at 5:05 p. m. with prayer by E. W. B e an.


Third Meeting

Monday Evening, October 9, 1967

            The meeting was opened at 8:05 p. m. with prayer by David J. Watkins.

 

C. Leslie Miller briefly addressed the Conference.

 

The following were elected:

            Ministerial Candidate Committee: Russell T. Allen, James A. Beil, Carl C. Cassel, Earl M. Hosler and David J. Watkins.


REPORT OF THE ALLENTOWN DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, T. D. GEHRET (See Report, page 38).


REPORT OF THE BETHLEHEM DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, A. L. SEIFERT (See Report, page 42).


REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF CHURCH EXTENSION, EARL M. HOSLER: (See Report, page 46).

 

The above reports were accepted.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:10 P. M. with prayer by C. Leslie Miller.


Fourth Meeting

Tuesday Morning, October 10, 1967

            The meeting was opened with the singing of "Nothing But the Blood" directed by William R. Hunsberger. Daniel G. Ziegler sang "Shine on Me, O Lord Jesus".


            Scripture, Acts 15:1-11, was read by Charles G. Hersh and Norman W. Granda led in prayer. The hymn "I Am Resolved" was sung followed by the Speaker of the morning, John Deily. I Cor. 2:1-5 was read by the Speaker and he emphasized the necessity of making Christ crucified known so as to satisfy the inner cravings of man's heart.

 

The minutes of the Monday meetings were read and approved.


            Resolved, That probationers having charge of a Conference appointment shall be admitted to the Conference Bar.


            Resolved, That J. R. Weber be excused from the Tuesday morning meeting because of employment.


REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL (See Report, page 49)

The report was accepted.

 

The following was elected:

Business Manager of FELLOWSHIP NEWS: R. C. Reichenbach.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL (See Report, page 52)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That each Church be encouraged to support Berean Bible School at a level equal to 4 % of its annual offerings and that this support be remitted to the School in twelve monthly payments. The laymen on the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School shall maintain contact throughout the year with the pastors and official boards of each Church keeping them informed of the work of the School and its needs.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOME (See Report, page 57).

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS (See Report, page 60)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That all Foreign Mission funds be forwarded quarterly to the General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions, Rev. T. D. Gehret, 2340 Union Street, Allentown, Pa. 18104.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MIZPAH GROVE: (See Report, page 70).

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF VICTORY VALLEY CAMP: (See Report, page 7Z),

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That each Church make a contribution to Victory Valley amp. The anticipated budget of the Camp indicates need for contributions of at least $4, 000.00 by the Churches. Checks shall be made payable to Victory Valley Camp and sent to the Secretary of the Board, Rev. Donald R. Knauer, 25 South Third Street, Quakertown, Pa. 18951 before March 1. 1968.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON EXAMINATION OF LOCAL CONFERENCE MINUTES (See Report, page 76).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the request of the Stroudsburg Bible Fellowship Church be referred to the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee.


            Resolved, That the petition of the Catasauqua Bible Fellowship Church be granted and that their delegate be seated in the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee.


            Resolved, That the petition of the Lehighton Bible Fellowship Church be granted and that their delegate be seated in the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee.


            Resolved, That the petition of the Philadelphia (Emmanuel) Bible Fellowship Church be granted and that their delegate be seated in the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee.


            Resolved, That the petition from the Staten Island Bible Fellowship Church be granted and that their delegate be seated in the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee.

 

The following were elected:

            Committee to Publish FELLOWSHIP NEWS: Robert W. Smock, William R. Hunsberger and Paul T. Rutman.


            Sunday School Promotion Committee: Raymond R. Dotts, Keith E. Plows.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.


            Adjourned at 12:00 noon with prayer by Edward J. Dietzrnan.


Fifth Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon, October 10, 1967

            The meeting was opened with prayer offered by Walter A. Schlagel.

 

The following were elected:


            Sunday School Promotion Committee: James R. Cressman, Glenn W. Sheats.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (See Report, page 77)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION (See Report, page 89)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the recommendation of the Board of Church Extension requesting the Ephrata Bible Fellowship Church be recognized as a station be granted and the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee be requested to assign a pastor.


            Resolved, That the second recommendation from the Board of Church Extension regarding the Fund to Assist Pastors and Churches be referred to the Stationing, Boundary and Appropriating Committee for further study and to bring in a report.


REPORT OF THE ARCHIVIST (See Report, page 93)

 

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL COMMITTEE (See Report, page 94)

The report was accepted.

 

The following were elected:

Treasurer of Annual Conference: Harold W. Griest.

            Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church: Carl C . Cassel, Jansen E. Hartman, Frank L. Herb, Jr., Earl M. Hosler, Byron C. Cassel, Kermit K. Gehman, Harold W. Griest and Paul I. Wentz, Sr.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY CHURCH GOVERNMENT (See Report, page 94)

The report was accepted.

 

The following was adopted:

            The first proposal regarding the format was adopted as presented.


PROPOSAL TWO: THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT


PREAMBLE

            The Bible Fellowship Church has adopted this statement of FAITH AND ORDER to declare with clarity and precision its faith and testimony to the glory of God.


            The Bible Fellowship Church acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Saviour of men. It submits to the written Word of God and to the presence of the Holy Spirit as its only source of guidance and power in maintaining its redemptive life and work in the world.


            The Bible Fellowship Church adopted this FAITH AND ORDER not as a substitute for, but in subordination to, the Word of God. These standards have been received as being based upon the Scriptures; even the elements not drawn directly from the Word have been acknowledged as based upon the general rules and tenor of the Word. These standards seek to provide effective means for the application of the teaching of the scriptures to the faith, worship, government and discipline of the church. Although these standards have been acknowledged to be of lesser importance than the inspired words of the Scriptures, yet they cannot be neglected without resulting in serious impairment of the life of the Church.


            The Bible Fellowship Church acknowledges as brethren all those who share its confession of faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ . It confesses gladly the benefits of the historical and geographical breadth of this fellowship. It acknowledges specifically the benefits derived from similar statements of faith and order devised at many times in the history of the church. It seeks to respond to the responsibilities that these benefits bring by beseeching Almighty God so to indwell it that it may by His grace bring glory to himself and blessing to men.


ARTICLE I PRELIMINARY PRINCIPLES

            1.         That in seeking to be founded upon the Word of God in practice as well as doctrine the Bible Fellowship Church sets forth this form of government as that which is in its judgment most clearly in keeping with the Holy Scriptures.


            2.         That the formulation of faith and practice must be in submission to the Holy Scriptures because God has not bound the conscience to the doctrines and commandments of men when they exceed or contradict His Word.


            3.         That every union of particular churches shall have the right, in harmony with the preceding principles, to formulate a faith and order which will seek to provide a basis of fellowship always in submission to the written Word of God.


            4.         That this form of government shall seek to make of this body a church that operates by written standards, which is not, however, to be understood as being opposed to love or spirit, but rather opposed to disorder and injustices which can so easily pervert right human relationships when authority is personal or when there is no accepted ways of deciding issues that inevitably arise among men, however deeply they may be committed to Jesus Christ and to one another.


            5.         That our Lord the Head of the Church, for the edification of the body and the evangelization of the world has appointed officers in the visible church to preach the Gospel, administer the ordinances and exercise discipline.


            6.         That, though the character, qualifications and authority of church officers are described in the Holy Scriptures, yet the electing of persons to be officer-bearers shall rest with the body.


            7.         That careful adherence to these principles will contribute to the glory and happiness of the church in that it can own the blessing of our Lord , the Head of the Church universal, and also the approbation of an impartial public.


ARTICLE II THE CHURCH


            Jesus Christ has established his rule upon earth in the church. The universal church consists of all those persons, in every nation, who make profession of faith in Christ and yield submission to Him and His rule. Because this multitude cannot meet in one place for worship and fellowship, the Scriptures indicate that these believers shall be divided into many particular churches. A particular church consists of the professing believers voluntarily associated in submission to the Holy Scriptures, for divine worship, godly living, and evangelism. The particular churches seek to demonstrate their participation in the church universal by forming unions with other particular churches which have similar understanding of doctrine and organization.


ARTICLE III OFFICERS


            Having called and assembled His church, our Lord provides for the governing of each particular church by conveying authority to officers whom He enables. The continuing officers in the church are ministers, ruling elders and deacons. The endowed mail does not create the office nor does the office clothe the man with power, but the Lord endows the man with gifts and qualifications that enable him to fill the office which, God Himself has created.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 8:30 P.M.

 

Adjourned with prayer by Roy E. Williams.


Sixth Meeting

Tuesday Evening, October 10, 1967

            The meeting was opened with prayer by Paul B. Kuder.

 

The following were elected:

            Committee on Credentials: Frank L. Herb, Jr., W. B. Hottel, C. E. Kirkwood and John H. Riggall.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS (Part 2) (See Report, page 105)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That we accept the resignation of Richard H. Kline and drop his name from our roll of ministers.


            Resolved, That we grant the request of Alva C. Cassel to minister in rural church work in the state of Maine and that his name be placed in the listing of Ordained Ministers Working with other Organizations.


            Resolved, That the request of Robert Paul for a one year leave of absence be granted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATIONING, BOUNDARIES AND APPROPRIATIONS (See Report, page 105)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the delegates of the mission churches be advisory members of the Committee on Stationing, Boundaries and Appropriations.


            Resolved, That the name of the Committee on Stationing, Boundaries and Appropriations be changed to Committee on Stationing and Appropriations.


            Resolved, That the rules relating to Pulpit Supply be changed to eliminate the requirement that matters relating to Pulpit Supply must be handled by certified mail by the striking of the word "certified" wherever it appears in our FAITH AND ORDER in the section covering Pulpit Supply.


            Whereas, The use of certified mail in dealing with matters of Pulpit Supply has proven to be cumbersome and difficult for our Delegates, confining to our District Superintendent and unnecessary for our Pastors, therefore,

            Resolved, That we avail ourselves of the "Rule of Exception" and discontinue the use as of September 1968.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS (See Report, page 106)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the Annuities paid to retired ministers and to widows of pastors of the Bible Fellowship Church by the Ministers' Retirement Fund be raised 10% for the year beginning October 1, 1967 and, further,

Resolved, That the By-Laws be amended to include this increase.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:25 P.M. with prayer by Keith E. Plows


Seventh Meeting

Wednesday Morning, October 11, 1967

            Horace A . Kauffman led the Conference in "Like a River Glorious" to open the devotional period. John F. Boyle read I Cor. 3:1-11 for the Scripture lesson and Leon H. Naudasher led in prayer. The hymn "Trust and Obey" was sung and a Pastors' Quartet sang, "Soldiers of Christ Arise".


            Harold W. Griest addressed the Conference focusing attention upon "The Indispensable Man", informing each of the necessity of training and preparing others for places of leadership.


            The minutes of the Tuesday afternoon and evening meetings were read and approved.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Foreign Missions: General Secretary, T. D. Gehret, Russell T. Allen, Willard E. Cassel, James G. Koch, Robert Breitegam, James R. Cressman, Kermit K. Gehman and Roy E.

Williams.

 

Resolved, That we suspend the rules and recess to the call of the Chair.

 

Prayer was offered by Jansen E. Hartman.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 3:30 P. M.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE (See Report, page 167)

The report was accepted.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Directors of Berean Bible School: (3 years) Harvey J. Fritz, Jr. , Donald R. Knauer


            Whereas, The Adjourned Session of the 1966 Conference declared that an additional minister be elected to fill the vacancy created by the retiring District Superintendent on the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School, therefore,

            Resolved, That we elect one minister for a two year term in order to equalize the classes.


            The following were elected: (2 years) David J. Watkins (3 years) Carl Rishel and John M. Stengele


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE PROCEDURE FOR ORDINATION (See Report, page 112)

            The report was adopted.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to the call of the Chair.


            Adjourned at 5:00 P.M. with prayer by Timothy G. Kauffman.


Eighth Meeting

Wednesday Evening, October 11, 1967

            The meeting was opened with prayer by R. C. Reichenbach.


            The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY DIVORCE (See Report, page 113)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the article, Divorce, (Second Reading) be adopted.


            Resolved, That the following statement appear under the heading of OFFICERS: Qualifications - Elections - Duties (1957 Yearbook, page 37):

            That no person who has been divorced or who has married a divorced person for any reason may be a member of the Official Board. It is not the severity of divorce, but the dignity of the off ice as detailed in scripture (I Peter 5:1-4; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1: 5-9) that prevents a divorced person or one married to a divorced person from holding office on the Official Board of the Church.


            Resolved, That the request of Roy E. Williams to be excused from the Thursday and Friday meetings be granted and that the alternate delegate be seated.


            Resolved, That H. Phares Mumbauer be excused from the Friday meetings.


            Resolved, That George J. Dippner be excused from the Thursday and Friday meetings and that the alternate delegate be seated.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATIONING AND APPROPRIATIONS (Part 2) (See Report, page 114)

The report was approved.

 

The following were elected:

Board of Directors of the Home for the Aging: James A. Beil, A. L. Seifert.


            Whereas, A vacancy has been created on the Board of Directors of the Home for the Aging because of the resignation of Richard H. Kline, therefore,

            Resolved, That we elect one minister for a one year term in order to fill his unexpired term.

 

The following were elected:

(One year) Ernest B. Hartman (Two years) Paul I. Wentz

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:45 P. M. with prayer by Paul H. Cressman.


Ninth Meeting

Thursday Morning, October 11, 1967

            The singing of "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah", led by Paul H. Cressman opened the meeting. Paul I. Wentz led in prayer after which the hymn, "Hallelujah What A Saviour!" was sung. The Scripture lesson, Psalm 19, was read by George R. Fish. "In the Secret of His Presence" was rendered as a solo by Bert N. Brosius.


            The speaker, John Phillips, gave a missionary address to the Conference. The missionary work in three East African states, Somalia, The Republic of Sudan and Ethiopia was outlined. The speaker challenged each one to remember these mission fields with specific prayer requests.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Church Extension: Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., James G. Koch, Daniel G. Ziegler, John L. Deily and Charles G. Hersh.

 

The Berean Bible School Budget was presented.

            The budget was ratified.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY PULPIT SUPPLY (See Report, page 115)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the report of the Committee to Study Pulpit Supply submitted to the Eighty-Third Annual Conference be accepted and published in the 1967 Yearbook.


            Resolved, That the first recommendation:

             (No pastoral poll is to be. . . .

            . . . by the Official Board. ) (See Reports, page 11 7) be referred back to the Committee for further study.


            Resolved, That to the standing committees on the Official Board be added a Pastoral relations committee of three men. It shall be appointed by the Pastor. Its duties shall be to improve communications between Board and Pastor; between congregation and Pastor; to work for the improvement of relations between Pastor and congregation; to candidly discuss with the Pastor any problems that may arise.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and reconvene at 2:30 p.m.

 

Prayer was offered by John Dunn.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 3:50 P.M.

 

The minutes of the Wednesday Evening meeting were read and approved.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Mizpah Grove: George E. Herb, Robert W. Smock, Harold A. Mann and Norman W. Granda.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS (See Report, pages 157, 168)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AUDITING (See Report, page 159)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS (See Report, page 159)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO PLAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER (See Report, page 160)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the tenure of men elected to study committees created for a specific assignment shall continue until completion of the specific assignment. Vacancies due to death, resignation or other causes shall be filled by further elections.


            Resolved, That three members from the Board of Victory Valley Camp be added to the Committee to Plan the Development of the Conference Center.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATIONING AND APPROPRIATIONS - Part III (See Report, page 160).

The report was approved.


            Resolved, That Merle LeFever alternate delegate from Paradise, be excused from the Friday meetings.


            Resolved, That we adjourn.


            Adjourned with prayer by Russell T. Allen


Tenth Meeting

Friday Morning, October 13, 1967

            The opening hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" was led by Harold A. Mann. T. Lamarn Manney read the Scripture lesson from I John 5:1-14 and John F. Moran offered the morning prayer. A solo, "Fill All My Vision, Lord", was sung by Carl C. Cassel. Before the message the hymn, "Breathe on Me, Breath of God", was sung.


            A. L. Seifert gave the devotional message. Using Genesis 42:1 as the text, District Superintendent Seifert drew attention to the fact that a famine exists among God's people while there is "corn in Egypt." The blessing was elsewhere because proper fellowships and relationships were lacking. It is necessary for each believer to have a correct Christian fellowship one with another and with Christ as head.


            The minutes of the Thursday meeting were read and approved.


            Resolved, That the alternate delegate from Harleysville, Clayton Dietz, be seated.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE ANNUAL CONFERENCE MINUTES (See Report, page 162)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the former Committee to Study Ordination prepare a suitable form for the ordination service.


            The recommendations of the Board of Church Extension were considered.


            Resolved, That the Board of Church Extension be composed of the District Superintendent and the Director of Church Extension, by virtue of their offices, and three ordained ministers and three laymen who are elected by ballot by the Annual Conference. The elected members of the Board shall comprise three classes of one minister and one layman, respectively. Each class shall be elected, in turn, for a three-year term. (First Reading)


            Resolved, That the material located in the proposals of the Board of Church Extension as follows:

            (All mission churches. . . . of the District Superintendent. See reports, page 92)

            be referred back to the Board of Church Extension for further study.


            Resolved, That the Board of Church Extension shall, on the basis of standards which it shall determine and publish, recommend mission churches under its care for membership in Annual Conference. A church shall be received into membership by a majority vote of Annual Conference, which shall entitle the church to be represented at sessions of Annual Conference by its pastor and a lay delegate, to participate in the Pulpit Supply procedures, and to all other rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership in Annual Conference. The Board of Church Extension and the Director of Church Extension may counsel and advise the churches under their jurisdiction in matters of pastoral relations and pulpit supply. (First Reading)

 

The Chair appointed the following:

            Committee on Publication and Printing: David E. Thomann, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr. , and Robert W. Smock.


            Committee on Agenda: Willard E. Cassel, Bert N. Brosius, LeRoy S. Heller.


            Committee to Examine Annual Conference Minutes: John H. Riggall and LeRoy S. Heller.


            Committee on Program for Next Annual Conference: Russell T. Allen, Donald T. Kirkwood and David J. Watkins.


            Committee to Publish Year Book: Robert W. Smock, David E. Thomann and Willard E. Cassel.

 

The above committees were approved.


            Resolved, That a study committee comprised of two representatives elected by each of the following: Board of Church Extension, Credentials Committee, Ministerial Candidate Committee, Committee to Study Pulpit Supply and Committee on Church Government correlate the proposed legislation submitted at this Annual Conference by the Board of Church Extension with legislation proposed by their respective Boards and Committees, and that this committee report at the Adjourned Session of this Annual Conference.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned with prayer by Norman R. Weiss.


Eleventh Meeting

Friday Afternoon, October 13, 1967

The meeting was opened with prayer by W. B. Hottel.

 

The following were elected:


            Boa rd of Victory Valley Camp: Carl C. Cassel, Donald R. Knauer, Ronald C. Mahurin, Kermit K. Gehman, Bright Heist and Paul I. Wentz, Jr.


            Richard H. Kline gave a word of greeting to the Conference.


            Resolved, That Annual Conference grant the Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church Home their request to elect the said officers, and be it further

            Resolved, That the name "Board of Directors of the Home" be deleted from the Year Book as it now appears on page 9, article 4, paragraph I and 2. (1965 Year Book) (Second Reading)


            Resolved, That the By-Laws governing the Board of Directors of the Home be deleted from the Year Book. (Second Reading)



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS (See Report, page 162).

The report was accepted.


            Whereas, A vacancy has been created on the Committee on Church Government because of the resignation of Richard H. Kline, therefore

Resolved, That we elect one minister in order to fill his term.

            James A. Beil was elected.


            The following was elected:

Historical Committee: Paul H. Cressman.


            Resolved, That regulation number 11 on page 10 of the published By-Laws and Articles of Faith of the Bible Fellowship Church, October 1960, under Pulpit Supply, Annual Conference Action, which reads, "No Pastor shall serve any church longer than nine (9) consecutive years" be eliminated. (First Reading)

            (The above resolution was adopted by a ballot vote with 64 affirmative and 15 negative votes).


            The minutes of the Friday morning meeting were read and approved.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION (See Report, page 165).

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the Board of Church Extension shall, as part of its annual report, present to Annual Conference for adoption a proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1 of the year following. The budget shall include projected needs for planned new church openings.


            After being adopted by Annual Conference, the budget for Church Extension may serve as a guide to the churches in their giving for Church Extension. Each Official Board shall, by June 15, submit to the Board of Church Extension its best estimate of the amount the Church may be expected to remit for Church Extension by Annual Conference. (First Reading)


            Resolved, That on January 6, 1968, an Adjourned Session of this Annual Conference be convened at 9:00 A. M. in Bethel Church, Allentown, Pa., to consider the Report of the Committee to Study Church Government.


            Whereas, Our experience this year indicates again the problems in our present pulpit supply system, and

            Whereas, Interest is being expressed to discuss the pulpit supply proposal submitted in 1966, therefore

            Resolved, That the Pulpit Supply Committee prepare a program designed to increase our understanding of the proposal and to promote general discussion of our pulpit supply problems, and further

            Resolved, That all pastors and delegates be encouraged to meet at Cedar Crest, Allentown, on Saturday, March 9, 1968 at 9:00 A.M. for this program. No vote shall be taken at this meeting on the proposal.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.