EIGHTY-FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1968


            The Eighty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church convened in the Bethany Church, Hatfield, Pennsylvania.


            The Conference was opened at 10:00 A.M., October 14, with the hymn "Lord of our Life and God of Our Salvation" led by Clyde W. Snyder. Frank L. Herb, Jr., offered prayer. The members of Conference also sang, "Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts."


            Conference Superintendent A. L. Seifert read the Scripture lesson from Isaiah 53:1-8 and I Corinthians 11:23-32 followed by the Communion Service.


            The Conference engaged in a time of prayer led by Norman R. Weiss and Norman W. Granda.


            The following were enrolled as members of the Conference:

ORDAINED:  Russell T. Allen, E. W. Bean, James A. Beil, Bert N. Brosius, M. Leslie Campbell, Carl C. Cassel, Willard E. Cassel, Raymond R. Dotts, John Dunn, Bruce A. Ellingson, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., 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, Donald R. Knauer, James G. Koch, Ronald C. Mahurin, Leon K. Overpeck, R. C. Reichenbach, John H. Riggall, A. L. Seifert, Robert W. Smock, David E. Thomann, David J. Watkins, Harold C. Weaber, Norman R. Weiss, Daniel G. Ziegler, T. D. Gehret, W. F. Heffner, F. B. Hertzog, E. E. Kublic, J. B. Layne, E. J. Rutman, P. T. Stengele, N. H. Wolf, Paul E. Baer, Reynold D. Gardner, Sr., Robert Paul, Donald B. Schaeffer.


PROBATIONERS: Brian Butler, Paul B. Kuder, William W. Mull, Keith E. Plows , Mark T. Smith, LeRoy C. Wilcox, Paul G. Zimmerman.


DELEGATES:

            Allentown (Bethel)                 John L. Deily

            Allentown (Cedar Crest)        R. Paul Schaeffer

            Allentown (Salem)                 Allan C. Palmer

            Bethlehem                              Myron H. Gehret

            Blandon                                  John I. Mengel

            Catasauqua                             Arthur W. Deppe

            Coopersburg                           Arthur Mack

            Denville                                  John F. Moran

            Easton                                     Russell E. Dech

            Ephrata                                   Robert W. Gehret

            Emmaus                                  Paul I. Wentz, Sr.

            Fleetwood                               Norman L. Reed

            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 Blocker

            Maple Glen                             Byron C. Cassel

            Mount Carmel                        Roy E. Williams

            Nazareth                                 Norman W. Granda

            Paradise                                  E. Gerald Hershey

            Philadelphia (Calvary)            Leon H. Naudasher

            Philadelphia (Emmanuel)       Edward J. Dietzman

            Quakertown                            Harold P. Shelly

            Reading                                  Robert Breitegam

            Royersford                              William R. Hunsberger

            Scranton                                 Carl H. Kellerman

            Shamokin                               T. Lamarn Manney

            Sinking Spring                        Paul W. Sensenig

            Spring City                             John F. Boyle

            Staten Island                           Ralph D. Cole

            Stroudsburg                            George R. Fish

            Sunbury                                  Allan F. Smith

            Terre Hill                                J. R. Weber

            Wallingford                            Robert W. Truett

            York                                       Sterling, F. Baer

            Zionsville                               Bright N. Heist


            The following were absent:

            Russell T. Allen, Earl M. Hosler, W. B. Hottel, W. F. Heffner, E. E. Kublic, J. B. Layne, E. J. Rutman, P. T. Stengele, Paul E. Baer, Reynold D. Gardner, Sr., Robert Paul, Donald B. Schaeffer.

 

The Chair appointed the following:

            Tellers: George E. Herb, Robert F. Johnson, Ronald C. Mahurin, David J. Watkins, Norman R. Weiss, John H. Herb.


            Whereas, Ernest B. Hartman, elected Secretary of the Eighty-Fifth Annual Conference, passed onto be with his Lord, therefore,

Resolved, That we elect a Secretary at this time.

James A. Beil was elected.

 

Resolved, That we recess to the call of the Chair.


            The Secretary appointed the following: Willard E. Cassel, Assistant Secretary; Robert W. Smock, Recording Secretary.



            Written excuses were submitted by Paul E. Baer, W. B. Hottel, J. B. Layne, P. T. Stengele and Paul G. Zimmerman.


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


            New delegates, Myron H. Gehret of Bethlehem, Russell E. Dech of Easton, Arthur Mack of Coopersburg, E. Gerald Hershey of Paradise, Robert Truett of Wallingford and Bright N. Heist of Zionsville, were introduced.


            Resolved, That the first 8 pews constitute the Conference Bar.


            Resolved, That no one be allowed to leave the bar without permission except the delegate of the Host Church.

 

The Chairman appointed the following committees:

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


            Committee on Communications: William A. Heffner, Bert N. Brosius, Bruce A . Ellingson, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., John H. Riggall.


            Committee on Examination of Local Conference Minutes: E. W. Bean, John F. Boyle, Robert Breitegam, Brian Butler, M. Leslie Campbell, Russell E. Dech, John Deily, Arthur W. Deppe, George R. Fish, Myron H. Gehret, Norman W. Granda, W. W. Hartman, Bright N. Heist, Frank L. Herb, Jr., E. Gerald Hershey, Carl H. Kellerman, Arthur Mack, John I. Mengel, John F. Moran, William W. Mull, H. Phares Mumbauer, Allan C. Palmer, Walter A. Schlagel, Allan F. Smith, Mark T. Smith, Clyde W. Snyder, Edward A. Stortz, Robert W. Truett, Harold C. Weaber, J. R. Weber, LeRoy C. Wilcox, Paul G. Zimmerman.


            Committee on Finance: Paul I. Wentz, Sr., Byron C. Cassel, Ralph D. Cole, Robert W. Gehret, Roy E. Williams.


            Committee on Resolutions: C. E. Kirkwood, Carl C. Cassel, Jansen E. Hartman, Keith E. Plows, R. C. Reichenbach.


            Reporter: Daniel G. Ziegler


            Timekeeper: Leon K. Overpeck


            The above Committees were approved.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROGRAM (See Report, page 25)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS (See Report, page 25 )

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS (See Report, page 29 )

The report was accepted.

 

Resolved, That we extend the time.


            Resolved, That we suspend the Rules and adjourn to meet at 3:00 P.M.

 

Adjourned 12:13 P.M. with prayer by David E. Thomann


Second Meeting

Monday Afternoon, October 14, 1968

            Donald J. Ritter, missionary to Sweden under Greater Europe Mission brought greetings.


            Resolved, That the following be added to the end of the first paragraph on page 10 (Mimeo copy of Faith and Order) concerning elections of Conference Boards and Committees: "All retired ministers willing to serve are eligible for election to Boards and Committees." (First Reading)


            Resolved, That Paul B. Kuder and Keith E. Plows be ordained during the Thursday evening meeting of this Annual Conference.


            Resolved, That we accept the resignations of Russell T. Allen, Earl M. Hosler and Robert Paul and drop them from the roll of ministers.


            Resolved, That W. B. Hottel be granted an indefinite leave of absence and he be listed as an Ordained Minister on Leave of Absence.


            Resolved, That the Committee on Stationing and Appropriations give consideration to granting W. B. Hottel some financial assistance at this time.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as corrected.


            Whereas, This Conference has adopted, in its first reading, a change in the by-laws which establishes the eligibility of Ordained Ministers in Retirement to serve on Boards and Committees of the Annual Conference, and,

             Whereas, The 84th Annual Conference decided that Ordained Ministers in Retirement were eligible to serve on Boards and Committees of Annual Conference, and,

            Whereas, We have had an Ordained Minister in Retirement who has served on Boards and Committees during this past year, therefore,

            Resolved, That, under the Rule of Exception, such Ordained Ministers in Retirement be eligible to serve on Boards and Committees if elected at this Annual Conference.

 

Resolved, That Arthur W. Deppe be excused from the sessions for the remainder of this day.


REPORT OF THE YOUTH FELLOWSHIP GENERAL COMMITTEE (See Report, page 30 )

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 30)

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE TREASURER (See Report, page 33)

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROMOTION COMMITTEE (See Report, page 34)

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 before April 1, 1969.


REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL CONVENTION (See Report, page 36).

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES (See Report, page 38)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the following men be recognized in their respective stages of development.

Probationers:

            Donald Barnhart                                 William Mull

            David L. Branning                              Keith E. Plows

            Leonard E. Buck                                 Theodore R. Shelling

            Brian H. Butler                                   Mark T. Smith

            Richard J. Gehman                             Austin Sullivan

            Ronald Jansen                                     LeRoy C. Wilcox

            Paul B. Kuder                                     Paul G. Zimmerman


Candidates:

            Arthur H. Frable 

            William M. Franklin

David L. Manney


Applicants:

            Timothy Baker                                   Ivan H. Martin

            William H. Bartron                             Robert Minnig

            Douglas Bowne                                  Roger Reitz

            Terris Byrd                                         Jonathan D. Reynolds

            Thomas Grossman                              Paul Reynolds

            William Duane                                   Abram H. Snavely

            Larry Gradwohl                                  Harold E. Snyder

            Gary Hoffman                                    Carl K. Spackman

            Charles E. Kramer                              John Vandegriff

            George F. Lee                                     Dana Weller

            Larry Yerger


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH FELLOWSHIP NEWS (See Report, page 39)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the month of January be designated as subscription month and each pastor be urged to encourage subscriptions among the families of his congregation.


            Resolved, That Donations be given from the following Boards and Committees:

            Board of Foreign Missions, Board of Church Extension, Sunday School Promotion Committee, Board of Directors of Berean Bible School $50.00 each and the Committee on Publication and Printing $400.00.


REPORT OF T HE COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH FELLOWSHIP NEWS BUDGET (See Report, page 41)

The Budget was adopted.

 

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

 

The following was elected:

Treasurer; Byron C. Cassel


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 6:30 P.M.

 

Adjourned at 4:43 with prayer by Clyde W. Snyder.


Third Meeting

Monday Evening, October 14, 1968

            The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read. The following were elected:

            Committee on Ministerial Candidates: David J. Watkins, David E. Thomann, Carl C. Cassel, James A. Beil, William A. Heffner.


REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE SUPERINTENDENT: (See Report, page 41 )


REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF CHURCH EXTENSION: (See Report, page 46 )


REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL: (See Report, page 48 )


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH: (See Report, page 53 )


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS: (See Report. page 67 )


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION: (See Reports, page 79 )

 

Above Reports were accepted.


            Resolved, That all Church Extension Funds be forwarded quarterly to the Secretary of the Board of Church Extension.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOME: (See Report, page 82 )


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MIZPAH GROVE: (See Report, page 84)

 

The above reports were accepted.


            Resolved, That $4, 000 of the existing balance of the Board of Mizpah Grove be assigned to the Pinebrook Bible Conference Board and the remaining balance as of 10/31/68 be given to the Pinebrook Service Board.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF VICTORY VALLEY: (See Report, page 88)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That each church make a contribution to Victory Valley Camp. The anticipated budget of the Camp indicates need for contributions of at least $5, 500 by the Churches. Checks shall be made payable to Victory Valley Camp and sent to the Secretary of the Board before March 1, 1969.

 

The following were elected:

            Committee on Credentials: Willard E. Cassel, Frank L. Herb, Jr., James G. Koch, John H. Riggall.


            Resolved, That Paul B. Kuder be excused from the Tuesday and Wednesday morning sessions.


            Resolved, That J . R . Weber be excused from the Tuesday morning session.


            Resolved, That we adjourn. Adjourned at 8:59 with prayer by James G. Koch.


Fourth Meeting

Tuesday Morning, October 15, 1968

            The session opened with singing of "Break Thou the Bread of Life" led by Ra1ph D. Cole. R. C. Reichenbach led in prayer. Daniel G. Ziegler led in devotions around the truth: "God is at Work.


            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church: (Ministers) Carl C. Cassel, Jansen E. Hartman, Frank L. Herb, Jr., John H. Riggall.

 

Carl Spackman, Supply Pastor at Mount Carmel, was introduced.


            The following were elected:

            Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church: (Laymen) Byron C. Cassel, James R. Cressman, Kermit K. Gehman, Paul I. Wentz, Sr.


            The Report of the Committee to Study Government I, according to Agenda, was considered.


            Resolved, That William W. Mull be excused from the sessions this afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn


            Adjourned 12:05 P.M. with prayer by Donald T. Kirkwood.


Fifth Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon, October 15, 1968

Roy E. Williams led in prayer.

 

The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as corrected.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE LOCAL CONFERENCE MINUTES: (See Report, page 92)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the Petition of the Paradise Church be granted and their delegate be seated in the Stationing and Appropriations Committee.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY CHURCH GOVERNMENT (See Reports, page 93)

The Report was accepted.


            The following articles from the Committee to Study Church Government were considered:


ARTICLE X ELECTING AND INSTALLING ELDERS


            Every congregation shall elect elders in keeping with the qualifications set forth in Scripture. Elders must be male members in full communion in the church in which they are to exercise their

office.

            When persons are elected to this office and have declared their willingness to accept its responsibilities, they shall be set apart in the following manner:

            In a service of worship, the minister shall state in a concise manner the warrant and nature of the office of elder together with the spiritual qualifications required for its exercise and the duties to be fulfilled. He shall then address to the candidate, in the presence of the congregation, the following questions:

            1.         Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, the only infallible rules of faith and conduct?

            2.         Do you sincerely receive the FAITH AND ORDER of the Bible Fellowship Church as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures?

            3.         Do you approve of the government and discipline of the Bible Fellowship Church?

            4.         Do you accept the office of elder in the congregation and promise faithfully to perform all the duties thereof?

            5.         Do you promise to promote the purity, peace and unity of the church?


            After the elder-elect has answered these questions in the affirmative, the minister shall address to the members of the church the following questions:

            1.         Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and receive this brother as an elder?

            2.         Do you promise to yield him all that honor, encouragement and obedience in the Lord, to which his office entitles him?


            After the members of the church have answered these questions in the affirmative by holding up their right hands, the minister shall proceed to set apart the candidate by prayer to the office of elder and shall give to him and to the congregation an exhortation suited to the occasion.


            The office of elder is perpetual since it involves the gift of God which cannot be laid aside at pleasure. Yet an elder may become by age or infirmity incapable of performing the duties of his office, or he may, though not chargeable with either heresy or immorality, become unacceptable in his official capacity to a majority of the congregation. For any of these reasons an elder may be declared inactive and therefore he shall no longer serve as a member of the Board of Elders.


            If any particular church by congregational vote prefers to elect elders for a limited time in the exercise of their functions, this maybe done; provided, the full time be not less than three years, and the Board of Elders be made to consist of three classes, one of which shall be elected every year; and provided that elders, once installed, shall continue to be elders, though inactive when they are not re-elected to serve as a member of the Board of Elders.


            All active and inactive elders shall subscribe annually to the FAITH AND ORDER of the Bible Fellowship Church. No person can be divested of this office except by deposition for failure to maintain standards of doctrine and life in keeping with the dignity of this office, but all elders, whether active or inactive, must maintain proper standards.

 

The above article was defeated. (Yes 33 No 44)


ARTICLE XI MINISTERS LABORING IN OTHER CHURCHES OR

ORGANIZATIONS


            An ordained minister of the Bible Fellowship Church, consistently with his ordination vows and without prejudice to his ministerial standing, may properly under certain circumstances and conditions, labor in churches or organizations other than those of the Bible Fellowship Church.

 

The following rules must be adhered to in such cases:

            1.         Such labor shall not require the performance of functions inconsistent with his ordination vows required of ministers and other provisions of the FAITH AND ORDER of the Bible Fellowship Church.

            2.         They shall not be regarded as under the sole jurisdiction of the organization in which they serve. Such an organization must recognize that those who hold credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church are under its discipline in their faith and life.


ARTICLE XII THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY


            This material has been approved and appears in the mimeo FAITH AND ORDER, page 19.


ARTICLE XIII PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNITION OF A MINISTER


            All men who desire to have ministerial credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church shall apply to the Ministerial Candidate Committee. Initial application should be made in writing to the chairman of the Committee; any minister in the denomination can supply the name and address of the current chairman.


            Every man who is called to serve as pastor of a Bible Fellowship Church must have credentials with the denomination. Men who serve as supply pastors for an extended period of time shall be required to establish a proper relationship with this Committee.


            Men Entering the Ministry. The Ministerial Candidate Committee divides those under its care into three groups: Applicants, Candidates and Probationers. An Applicant is a man who offers himself to this Committee for service in the Bible Fellowship Church; young men are encouraged to seek this recognition as early in their educational program as they sense the call of God to the ministry. A Candidate is a man whose application is accepted and who remains under the guidance of the Committee; men move to this group when they near the completion of their educational preparation for the ministry. A Probationer is a man who has been approved by this Committee, has passed an examination on the FAITH AND ORDER of the Bible Fellowship Church, and is working in a Bible Fellowship Church or in one of the denominational ministries. After a Probationer has served at least two years, he maybe recommended to the Credentials Committee for ordination examination. The minimum period of probationary service may be extended; having served as a Probationer does not guarantee ordination. Internship or field work programs enhance the value of this probationary period when churches and men desire.


            Men Received from Other Churches. This material has been approved and appears in mimeo FAITH AND ORDER, page 20 — first four paragraphs.


            Ordination. The Bible Fellowship Church understands ordination to the Christian ministry as the laying on of the hands of the elders of the Church accompanied by prayer and is the public recognition by the Church of gifts previously given by God to one called to the ministry of the Word of God. The examination for ordination is conducted by the Credentials Committee of the Bible Fellowship Church. As long as an ordained minister maintains a relationship to this denomination he remains under the care of the Credentials Committee subscribing annually to the FAITH AND ORDER.


ARTICLE XIV PULPIT SUPPLY PROCEDURE


            This material has been approved and appears in mimeo FAITH AND ORDER, pp. 8-10


ARTICLE XV AGENCIES OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE


            The churches individually and as a body recognize their responsibility for the growth of the church in this country and overseas, for the ministry, for education, for camps and conferences, for youth work, for publications, for ministerial pensions and relief and for other appropriate concerns.


            The Annual Conference shall establish boards, committees or offices, temporary or permanent, incorporated or unincorporated for the discharge of these responsibilities.


            Such agencies shall perform all their acts as the servants of and in accordance with the rules of the Bible Fellowship Church; they shall be accountable to and submit reports to the Annual Conference as it may require.


            The Annual Conference shall be empowered to consider the programs of such agencies with a view to correlating their work, preventing duplication of effort and guiding the development of denominational programs. Each agency shall administer its own program and finances in conformity to policy which has been approved by the Annual Conference.


ARTICLE XVI CHAIRMAN


            In order to conduct the business of the Annual Conference in an orderly and efficient manner, a chairman shall be chosen by and from the membership of the Annual Conference.


            The chairman by his election shall be considered to possess, by delegation from the whole body, all authority necessary for the preservation of order and directing the operation of the Annual Conference according to the rules of the Bible Fellowship Church. In deciding issues in the meeting of the Annual Conference when there is a tie vote, he shall have the deciding vote. If he be not willing to decide, he shall call for a second ballot; if the result is again tie, the issue shall be lost.


            The chairman of the next Annual Conference shall be chosen by ballot at the last session of each Annual Conference. He shall be eligible to succeed himself twice. After the close of the Annual Conference, the Chairman shall have the power to convene the Annual Conference by circulating a written call for such a meeting giving the members sufficient notice to prepare properly to attend.


ARTICLE XVII SECRETARY


            Each Annual Conference shall choose from its members by ballot a secretary to record its transactions. It shall be the duty of the secretary, besides the recording of the actions, to preserve the records carefully and to prepare for publication the proceedings of the Annual Conference. He shall furnish certified excerpts from the minutes of the Annual Conference when properly requested; when such excerpts are given, they shall be considered as authentic evidence of the fact which they declare. The secretary shall be empowered to appoint any assistants he needs.


ARTICLE XVIII AMENDMENTS


            Amendments or alterations in the Form of Government of the Bible Fellowship Church shall be made only in the following manner: The Annual Conference, after proper discussion, may propose changes to the churches by a two-thirds majority of those voting at the Annual Conference, but the changes shall not be valid until presented to the particular churches and approved by a two thirds majority of those voting at a succeeding Annual Conference; when the second Annual Conference shall give such approval, it shall declare that the changes have been adopted and are in effect.


            Amendments or alterations in the Articles of Faith of the Bible Fellowship Church shall be made in a way similar to that of amending the Form of Government with the following additions: The elders of each church shall vote upon proposed changes and approval shall be necessary from two-thirds of the churches prior to the second vote of the Annual Conference.


            None of the provisions of the second or third paragraphs of this article may be changed except by the process set forth in paragraph two.

 

The above 8 Articles were adopted for first reading.


            Whereas, The Adjourned Session of the 84th Annual Conference did not elect a Director of Church Extension, and,

            Whereas, Daniel G. Ziegler was appointed Interim Director for the Conference year 1968-1969, therefore,

            Resolved, That Daniel G. Ziegler be a member of the Board of Church Extension by virtue of his appointment.


            Resolved, That we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 7:30 P. M. Adjourned at 3:59 P. M. with prayer by Mark T. Smith.


Sixth Meeting

Tuesday Evening, October 15, 1968

This meeting convened at 7:45 P.M.

 

The minutes were approved as read.


            Whereas, Most of our pastors are unable to enter a group health insurance plan and,

            Whereas, Mr. Wagner, Insurance Executive, has proposed a plan that seems ideal for our churches and pastors, and is within our financial means, therefore,

            Resolved, That he be requested to present this plan to our delegates during this Annual Conference.

 

The Spring City petition was considered.

            Resolved, That this petition be referred to the Committee on Church Government.

 

The Harleysville petition was considered.

 

Resolved, That we extend the time.


            Whereas, The Pastor and Delegate of the Harleysville Church have stated that they regard the report of the Committee on Credentials as an adequate answer to their petition, therefore,

            Resolved, That we consider the petition answered in the report of the Committee on Credentials.


            Resolved, That C. E. Kirkwood, Carl C. Cassel and James G. Koch be excused from certain sessions on Thursday.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.


            Adjourned at 10: 04 P.M. with prayer by Robert W. Smock.


Seventh Meeting

Wednesday Morning, October 16, 1968

            Harold P. Shelly led the Conference in singing, "Jesus I am Resting". Pastor Donald R. Knauer spoke on "The Shepherd's Heart" from Luke 4.


            The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as corrected.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Church Extension: Bruce A. Ellingson, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., James G. Koch, John L. Deily, Clayton E. Weber.


            General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions: T. D. Gehret


            Board of Foreign Missions: (Ministers) Willard E. Cassel, David E. Thomann, John Dunn


            The Secretary read a letter of excuse from Alva C. Cassel.

Resolved, That the excuse of Alva C. Cassel be accepted.


            Resolved, That we suspend the Rules and recess to the call of the Chair no earlier than 3:30 P.M.

 

Prayer by Paul G. Zimmerman.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Foreign Missions: (Laymen) Robert Breitegam, James R. Cressman, Kermit K. Gehman, Roy E. Williams


REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: (See Reports, page 96)

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.

 

The Berean Bible School Budget was presented.


            Resolved, That the Berean Bible School budget for 1968-69 be tabled. (Yes 29 No 26)


            Resolved, That David J. Watkins and Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., be excused from certain meetings on Thursday.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS: (See Reports, page 97)

The Report was accepted.

 

The following were elected:

Board of Directors of Berean Bible School: (Minister ) James A. Beil


            Resolved, That we suspend the Rules and adjourn to meet at 7:30 P.M.

 

Adjourned with prayer by T. D. Gehret.


Eighth Meeting

Wednesday Evening, October 16, 1968

The meeting convened at 7:40 P.M.


            The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Directors of Berean Bible School: (Laymen) C. W. Snyder, Warren L. Zimmerman, Harold Snyder


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE: (See Reports, page 116)

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL: (See Reports, page 98)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the following changes be made in the Standing Rules on page R 10 of the mimeo Faith and Order pertaining to the President of Berean Bible School: (First Reading)

 

The President of Berean Bible School

 

Delete the existing two sentences.

            Read, The President of Berean Bible School shall be elected by the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School according to their by-laws from among men who are in agreement with the articles of Faith and Order of the Bible Fellowship Church. The election of a new president shall be submitted to Annual Conference and be ratified by a two-thirds vote.


            Resolved, That the following changes be made on page 22 of the mimeo Faith and Order pertaining to the composition of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School: (First Reading)

 

Board of Directors of Berean Bible School


            1.         The Board of Directors of Berean Bible School shall be composed of:

                        a.         The District Superintendent

b.The President of the School

c.Four ordained ministers

d.Seven laymen

 

            2.         Election

                        A.        Classes

                                      I Two                         Two

                                     II One Minister           Three laymen

                                    III One                        One


            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.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:25 P.M. with prayer by John Dunn.


Ninth Meeting

Thursday Morning, October 17, 1968

            The meeting opened at 9:00 A. M. with Delegate Sterling Baer leading the Conference in singing, "In Tenderness He Sought Me. " John H. Riggall spoke from Romans 12:9-21 on "Love in the Life of an Elder."

 

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.


            Brian Butler informed us of the serious illness of Arthur W. Deppe. The Conference entered into a time of prayer on his behalf.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: (See Reports, page 104)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That Annual Conference approve the filing of an application by Berean Bible School with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Instruction for the granting of associate degrees and such honors as are appropriate to the programs offered.


            Resolved, That the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School be authorized to make changes in the Charter of Incorporation necessary to implement the granting of degrees.

 

Resolved, That we suspend the Rules and adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 10:23 with prayer by Walter A. Schlagel.


Tenth Meeting

Thursday Afternoon, October 17, 1968

The meeting began at 1:45 P.M.

 

The minutes were approved as read.

 

The following were elected:

            Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church Home: T. D. Gehret, E. W. Bean, George E. Herb, Paul H. Cressman


            Resolved, That Brian Butler be excused from the remainder of this meeting, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., and LeRoy S. Heller, Arthur Mack and Roy E. Williams from Friday afternoon's meeting and H. Phares Mumbauer and E. Gerald Hershey from all sessions on Friday.


            Resolved, That we elect the Pinebrook Bible Conference Board which shall be composed of the Bible Conference Director (by virtue of his office), three (3) pastors and three (3) laymen. Pastors and laymen shall be elected for three (3) year terms, and further,

            Resolved, That for this initial election we elect one pastor and one layman for a term of three (3) years; one pastor and one layman for a term of two (2) years; and one pastor and one layman for a term of one year.

            Resolved, That we recess to the call of the Chair.

 

Recessed at 2: 18 P.M.

 

Business resumed at 5:21 P.M.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.


            Adjourned at 5:22 P. M. with prayer by Raymond R. Dotts.


Eleventh Meeting

Friday Morning, October 18, 1968

            The meeting opened with singing, "In Tenderness He Sought Me". John L. Deily led in prayer. Pastor David E. Thomann read from Philippians 2:l-18 (Phillips)

 

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.


            Whereas, Arthur W. Deppe, Delegate from Catasauqua, was taken ill, therefore,

            Resolved, That Joseph Wire, Jr., Alternate Delegate, be seated in the bar.


            Resolved, That Brian Butler be excused from the morning meeting.

 

Resolved, That LeRoy Wilcox and Carl H. Kellerman be excused at noon today.

 

The following were elected:

            Pinebrook Bible Conference Board: (Ministers) John H. Riggall, (3 years), Ronald C. Mahurin (2 years), Mark T. Smith (1 year).


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS (See Reports, page 104)

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE ANNUAL CONFERENCE MINUTES (See Reports, page 105)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the minutes of the 84th Annual Conference be opened so that the omission reported by the Committee to Examine Annual Conference Minutes can be inserted.


            Resolved, That we cast three ballots for the laymen of the Pinebrook Bible Conference Board.

 

The following were elected:

            Pinebrook Bible Conference Board: (Laymen) (3 years) Norman W. Granda (2 years) Kermit K. Gehman, (1 year) Lee Boyles


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO COORDINATE LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION: (See Report, page l05).

            The Report was accepted.

 

The following articles from the above report were adopted:

            1.         Any congregation meeting the standards of Article XVIII of the Faith and Order is a member of the Annual Conference and shall be known as a church.


            II.        Any congregation which has a relationship to the Bible Fellowship Church but has not yet met the standards for recognition as a church shall be called a mission.


            III.       When in the opinion of the Board of Church Extension, a mission has attained to the standards set forth in Article XVIII, the Board shall recommend to Annual Conference that this mission be recognized as a church and that it be admitted to the membership of Annual Conference. This recognition will be by a majority vote of Annual Conference.

 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS (See Report, p.117)


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO PLAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER (See Report, page 107)

 

The above Reports were accepted.

 

Resolved, That we extend the time.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 12:08 with prayer by Edward A. Stortz.


Twelfth Meeting

Friday. Afternoon, October 18, 1968

The minutes were read and approved.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO STUDY PULPIT SUPPLY (See Reports, page 108)

The Report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the Chairman appoint a committee of 5 who believe that the present system of Pulpit Supply can be made adequate by revising it to study the problem and present their findings to the Adjourned Session of the 85th Annual Conference.


            The Chairman appointed William A. Heffner, John H. Riggall, R. C. Reichenbach, Horace A. Kauffman, Robert W. Gehret.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATIONING AND APPROPRIATIONS (See Reports, page 108).

 

Resolved, That this Report be referred back to the Committee.

This resolution lost. (Yes 29 No 4l)


            Resolved, That the Report on the Committee on Stationing and Appropriations be accepted. (Yes 45 No 25)

 

Resolved, That we recess to the call of the Chair.

 

Recessed at 4:20 P.M.

 

Business resumed at 5:15 P.M.


            Resolved, That we suspend the Rules and adjourn to meet at 6:00 P.M.

 

Adjourned with prayer by Norman L. Reed.


Thirteenth Meeting

Friday Evening, October 18, 1968

The meeting began at 6:06 P.M.

 

The minutes were read and approved as read.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AUDITING (See Report, page 111)

The Report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS (See Reports, page 112).

The Report was adopted.


            The Conference Administration Budget was presented as follows:

            1. Publication and Printing                                                     $ 500.

            2. Conference Entertainment                                                   650.

            3. Beneficiary Fund                                                                 800.

            4. District Superintendent:

                        (a) Annual Support                                                      7,350.

                        (b) Travel and Utility Grant                                        3,400.

            5. District Superintendent's Parsonage                                    1,500.

            6. Ministers' Retirement Fund                                                 5,000.

            7. Moving Fund                                                                       4,000.

            8. Expenses for Boards and Committees while

                        transacting Conference Business                                 1,000.

            9. Other Expenses of Board of Directors                                 290.

            10. Contingencies                                                                    500.

            11. Ministerial Convention Expenses                                      400.

            12. An Appropriation to be used at the discretion

                        of the District Superintendent                                      3,000.

28,390.


            Resolved, That we elect a Pinebrook Service Board which shall be composed of the President of Berean Bible School and the Director of the Bible Conference (by virtue of their offices); one member of the Bible Conference Board and one member of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School who shall be chosen by their respective boards and three (3) members at large. At no time shall there be more than two members, exclusive of the Conference Superintendent, serving from the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School or the Pinebrook Bible Conference Board.

 

The following were elected:

            Pinebrook Service Board: Gerald Schlonecker, George Herb, Harry Bailey.


            Resolved, That the work of the Committee on Pensions be continued by a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church consisting of the lay members of said Board. They shall also consider the problem of health insurance.


            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. (Second Reading)


            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. (Second Reading).


            Resolved, That Daniel G. Ziegler be a member of the Sunday School Promotion Committee by virtue of his appointment as Interim Director of Church Extension. (Yes 36 No 31)

 

The following were elected:


            Sunday School Promotion Committee: Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., Norman L. Reed, William R. Hunsberger.

 

Editor of Fellowship News: Robert W. Smock

 

Business Manager of Fellowship News: R. C. Reichenbach

 

Resolved, That Carl C. Cassel be excused from the remainder of this meeting.

 

The following were elected:


            Committee to Publish Fellowship News: David E. Thomann

 

The Chairman made the following appointments:

Committee on Publication and Printing: Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., Norman R. Weis

 

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

 

Committee to Examine the Minutes of Annual Conference: John H. Riggall, LeRoy S. Heller


            Committee on Program for Next Annual Conference; James A. Beil, John H. Herb, Mark T. Smith.


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


            Committee to Study the Possibility of Moving Annual Conference to Spring: C. E. Kirkwood, William A. Heffner, Leon K. Overpeck, Horace A. Kauffman, Leon H. Naudasher.


            Resolved, That W. B. Hottel be given $400 from the Moving Fund.


            Resolved, That an adjourned session of Annual Conference be held at Calvary Church, Coopersburg on Saturday, December 7, 1968, at 9:00 A.M.

 

Resolved, That we recess.

 

Recessed at 8:25 P.M.

 

Business resumed at 8:40 P.M.

 

The following were elected:

            Committee to Publish Fellowship News: (Laymen) Paul T. Rutman, Clyde W. Snyder.

 

Historical Committee: Raymond R. Dotts

 

Committee on Church Government: John H. Herb

 

Committee to Study Pulpit Supply: Bert N. Brosius, John L. Deily

 

Committee to Study Church Membership: Keith E. Plows


            Board of Victory Valley: Carl C. Cassel, Donald R. Knauer, Ronald C. Mahurin, Kermit K. Gehman, Bright N. Heist, Paul I. Wentz, Jr.


            Youth Fellowship General Committee: Robert F. Johnson, Herbert Gilfoy, Harold Snyder

 

Resolved, That we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:57 with prayer by M. Leslie Campbell.


Fourteenth Meeting

Saturday Morning, December 7, 1968

            The 85th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church met in adjourned session on Saturday, December 7, 1968 at 9:00 am. in Calvary Church, Coopersburg, Pa.


            Chairman A. L. Seifert read from Psalm 37. R. C. Reichenbach and William R. Hunsberger led the Conference in prayer.


            Resolved, that the excuses of the absent pastors and delegates be accepted.


            Whereas, Rule 9 of our Rules for Pulpit Supply says, among other things, that "no choices shall be granted without the District Superintendent having consulted with the Pastor involved",

and,

            Whereas, the practical application of this rule has been not to force a church on a Pastor or to force a Pastor on a church, and,

            Whereas, Question “d” of the Faith and Order Questionnaire which must be completed annually by all those desiring to retain credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church, asks:

            “d. Are you willing to serve a church as stationed by the Annual Conference through Pulpit Supply? Yes or no.", and,

            Whereas, the question quoted from the Faith and Order Questionnaire implies that the Pastor who has not been assigned by the operation of Rules 1 through 6 under "Annual Conference Action" will be consulted but he has no choice except to concur in the action of the Stationing Committee, and,

            Whereas, the apparent conflict between our practical application of Rule 9 and question “d.” of the Faith and Order Questionnaire should not exist, therefore, be it,

            Resolved, that, regardless of precedent, it is the consensus of this Conference that, under the existing rules, a man whose name appeared on the Availability List who is without an assignment by the operation of Rules l through 6 must accept whatever assignment is given him by the Stationing Committee; and that every church without a Pastor after the operation of Rules 1 through 6 must accept the man assigned to it by the Stationing Committee; and further, that where there is an unassigned Pastor holding credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church and a duly organized church without a Pastor, the Stationing Committee must assign the Pastor to the church and the said church must acknowledge said man as its Pastor.


            The following articles from the Committee to Coordinate Legislation Proposed by the Board of Church Extension were adopted: (First Reading)

            IV.      Any Church which desires financial aid from the Conference shall make written application to the Board of Church Extension on forms provided by that Board.

            V.        Financial aid, to Churches shall be made by the Board of Church Extension upon approval of the required application.

            VI.      That all Churches which receive financial aid from the Board of Church Extension shall be under the jurisdiction of the Church Extension Department. The Board of Church Extension and the Director may counsel and advise the Churches under their jurisdiction in matters of pastoral relations and pulpit supply.

            VII.     The Board of Church Extension shall participate in Annual Conference Pulpit Supply procedures on behalf of the missions under its jurisdiction to supply pastors for them. It shall seek to call a pastor for each of these missions, according to the By-laws of the Bible Fellowship Church which govern Pulpit Supply in which the Board of Church Extension shall function in lieu of the Official Board.

 

Resolved, that Allan C. Palmer be excused at 2:00 p.m.

 

Resolved, that we adjourn to meet at 1:15 p.m.

 

Adjourned, with prayer by Jansen E. Hartman.


Fifteenth Meeting

Saturday Afternoon, December 7, 1968

            The minutes were read and approved, as corrected.

 

Resolved, that R. Paul Schaeffer be excused at 2: 00 p. m.


            The following articles from the Committee to Coordinate Legislation Proposed by the Board of Church Extension was adopted: (First Reading)

            IX.      For procurement of pastors to open new missions, the Board of Church Extension shall be permitted to call available men. If a pastor accepts such a call he shall notify the Credentials Committee of his acceptance not later than September 1 and reference to his commitment be included on the Availability List. The Board of Church Extension shall confirm to the Credentials Committee his commitment not later than September 1,


            Whereas, Harold E. Snyder has resigned from the Youth Fellowship General Committee, therefore,

Resolved, that we elect a replacement for him.

Leroy O. Herb was elected.


            Resolved, that moving expenses of churches and missions in the Church Extension Department be included in the Conference Administrative Budget, along with the Moving Fund of all other churches effective October 1969.


            Resolved, that when missions are received into Annual Conference membership they be asked to make annual contributions to the Conference Administrative Budget.


            Resolved, that resolution two on page 18 and resolution two on page 20 of the 1967 Year Book be presented, for Second Reading as follows:

            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. (Second Reading)

 

It was adopted.


            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. (Second Reading)

 

It was adopted.


            Harvey T. Fritz, Jr., Secretary of the Board of Church Extension, noted the following appointments of the Board for the 1968-69 year:

 

Belvidere, New Jersey - John H. Herb

Finesville, New Jersey - Ronald Jansen

Macungie, Pennsylvania - Norman R. Weiss

Miller Heights, Pennsylvania - Donald Barnhart

Walnutport, Pennsylvania - David Branning

Millersville, Pennsylvania - To be supplied.


            Harold C. Weaber was assigned to the Bible Fellowship Church of Graterford as Assistant Pastor.


            Whereas, the approved, report of the Stationing and Appropriating Committee did not name pastors for two of our congregations, and,

            Whereas, Robert Salzman and Terris L. Byrd are under the care of the Ministerial Candidate Committee and they have been accepted by the churches as supply pastors through counsel with the Conference Superintendent, therefore,

            Resolved, that Robert Salzman be recognized as supply pastor for Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church and Terris Byrd be recognized as supply pastor for Sinking Spring Bible Fellowship Church.


            Resolved, that the Secretary send a letter to Robert Salzman and Terris Byrd relative to the above action.


            Whereas, the Department of Public Instruction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that an institution of higher education possess an endowment fund of $500,000 or the equivalent in order to be recognized as a degree granting institution and as a college, and,

            Whereas, it is advisable for our Berean Bible School to seek and to maintain such recognition, and,

            Whereas, our level of giving to the School in recent years has consistently reached the equivalent of the earnings of such a fund, invested at 5% per annum, therefore,

            Resolved, that the Annual Conference guarantee the annual support of Berean Bible School in the minimum amount of $25,000 to be received from Bible Fellowship Churches and

from individuals who indicate that their gifts are to be credited to the Bible Fellowship Church.

(Yes 61 No 5)


            Resolved, that we hold an adjourned session on March 8,1969 at Graterford Bible Fellowship Church at 9:00 a.m. The first order of business shall be consideration of the report of the Board of Church Extension regarding duties of the Director of Church Extension.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS (See Report)

            The report was accepted.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time.


            Resolved, that delegates only cast a ballot relative to the resolution on Health and Welfare.


            Resolved, that the plan for group Health and Welfare benefits to be underwritten by Prudential Life Insurance Company for the ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church and their wives and dependent children be approved.

(Delegate vote: Yes 29 No 3)

 

Resolved, that we adjourn.


            Adjourned 5:25 p. m. with prayer by Leon K. Overpeck.


REPORTS


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS


            HEALTH AND WELFARE INSURANCE PLAN


            UNDERWRITER-Prudential Life Insurance Co., Newark, N. J.


            PLAN-To cover ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church


            COVERAGE-Husband-wife-dependent children

                                                                                                                                    Limit

            BENEFITS- Semi-private (2 in room) hospital room                                    None

            Misc. hosp. expenses-per hospitalization                                                       $ 3,000

                        Such as....

                                    Doctors' bills

                                    Private duty nursing

                                    Physiotherapy

                                    X-ray & laboratory examinations

                                    Treatment by X-ray or Radioactive substances

                                    Artificial limbs and, eyes, casts, splints, trusses,

                                                braces, crutches

                                    Drugs and, medicines

            Normal maternity                                                                                            300

            Surgical fees (according to a schedule)                                                           600

 

Should above named coverages be inadequate

to cover described, expenses, minister hereupon

himself bears a cost of $100

Thereafter-major medical insurance covers

                        80 % of excess expenses                                                                    20,000

 

            PREMIUM-For minister (Must be paid by church)                                        6.30

                        -For wife and/or dependents (may be paid by church or minister)      15.45

            Total monthly premium                                                                                   21.75


            REQUIREMENT-75 % of churches must enroll pastor to make plan effective.

            All bills for insurance and payment thereof must go through Board of Directors.

 

PROPOSAL-Send your application with a check for $21.75 by March 8, 1969, and, on the first of each month thereafter to:

                        Mr. J. R. Cressman, Financial Secretary

                        Bible Fellowship Church

                        1128 N. New Street

                        Bethlehem, Pa. 18018


            RESOLVED, that the plan for group Health and Welfare benefits to be underwritten by Prudential Life Insurance Company for the ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church and their wives and dependent children be approved.


NOTE: - Establishment of the plan is subject to two conditions:

            a.         Approval of this resolution

            b.         A minimum of 75 % of the churches must join the plan.


Sixteenth Meeting

Saturday Morning, March 8, 1969

            The 85th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church met in Adjourned Session on Saturday, March 8, 19 69 at 9: 00 a.m. in the Graterford Bible Fellowship Church, Graterford, Pa.


            The Conference sang, "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" and Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., addressed the body from I Thessalonians 3.


            Resolved, That the excuses, written and oral, be accepted and that the requests of the various brethren to be excused at various times from the session be granted. Also, that the alternate delegates be seated.

 

Resolved, That we adjourn no later than 3:30 p.m.


            Whereas, We have received a letter of resignation from Harold P. Shelly, Archivist, therefore,

            Resolved, that this communication be referred to the Historical Committee.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION - "Study of the Office of Director" was considered. (See Report, page 24 n)

Resolved, That we accept the above report.

 

The following was adopted for First Reading:

 

Church Extension Director


            Election-

            (1)       The Church Extension Director shall be an ordained minister of the Bible Fellowship Church.

            (2)       He shall be elected by the Board of Church Extension, subject to ratification by the Annual Conference at an April Adjourned Session, for a three-year term to begin when the incumbent has submitted his report at the next Annual Conference.

            (3)       The Director may, at the discretion of the Board of Church Extension on the basis of the demands of the office at the particular time, serve either full-time or part-time in the office.


            Duties - His duties shall include the following:

            (1)       He shall, by virtue of his office, be a member of the Board of Church Extension.

            (2)       In the performance of his duties he is in all matters to be working within the policies of the Board of Church Extension. He shall be the executive and administrative officer of the Board. This shall include supervision of churches, missions and ministers under the Board's jurisdiction.

            (3)       He shall be responsible for devising strategy and tactics for church planting and development.

            (4)       He shall make studies and surveys to determine likely areas for locations of new missions.

            (5)       He shall be responsible for the disbursement of funds allotted to him by the Board of Church Extension.

            (6)       He shall submit a written report of his activities to the Board of Church Extension at least quarterly.

            (7)       He shall annually submit a written report to the Annual Conference.

            (8)       He may personally open missions in new locations.

            (9)       He may serve as the pastor of a church or mission which is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Church Extension.

            (10)     He may provide counsel, help and training in principles and methods of church planting and development for men who are working in the Department of Church Extension.

            (11)     He may actively promote the program of Church Extension throughout the denomination.


            Adjourned at 12:00 noon to meet at 1:30 p.m. with prayer by E. W. Bean:


Seventeenth Meeting

Saturday Afternoon, March 8, 1969

            Whereas, This Annual Conference has approved reorganization of the Department of Church Extension by passing the first reading of proposed legislation to that effect, including a new procedure for electing the Church Extension Director, and,

            Whereas, This proposed legislation will be offered for second reading at the next Annual Conference, therefore,

            Resolved, That, by use of the Rule of Exception, we dispense with the election of a Church Extension Director at this Annual Conference, and further,

            Resolved, That the Board of Church Extension continue to supervise the work of Church Extension for the 1969-1970 conference year.

(Vote-Unanimous)


            Whereas, That the Board of Church Extension believes that its present duty of recommending men to the Credentials Committee for inclusion on the Availability List is extraneous to its work of church extension and is a cumbersome anachronism in respect to pulpit supply procedures, therefore,

            Resolved, That #7 (page 16, mimeographed Faith and Order) under the duties of the Board of Church Extension be eliminated from our by-laws, and further,

            Resolved, That we adopt the following to be added to the duties of the Ministerial Candidate Committee (page 18, mimeographed Faith and Order).

            8.         To recommend to the Credentials Committee, and to approve annually all probationers whose names are to appear on the Availability List for Pulpit Supply. (First Reading)


            William W. Mull introduced Frank Chivalette, director of Susquehanna Valley Youth for Christ, who addressed the Conference.


            Jansen E. Hartman reported concerning the sale and settlement of property in Upper Macungie Township.


            R. C. Reichenbach, Business Manager of Fellowship News, addressed the Conference.

 

Resolved, That the following budget be adopted:


BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET - Revised

(Oct. 1, 1969 to Sept. 30, 1970)

 

            1.         Publication and Printing                                                         $ 500.00

            2.         Conference Entertainment                                                   650.00

            3.         Beneficiary Fund                                                                     800.00

            4.         Conference Superintendent:

                        (a) Annual Support                                                                  7,350.00

                        (b) Travel and Utility Grant                                                    2,709.85

            5.         Conference Superintendent's Parsonage                                  1,500.00

            6.         Ministers' Retirement Fund                                                     5,000.00

            7.         Moving Fund                                                                           4,000.00

            8.         Expenses for Boards and Committees while

                        transacting Conference Business                                             1,000.00

            9.         Other Expenses of Board of Directors                                     290.00

            10.       Contingencies                                                                          500.00

            11.       Ministerial Convention Expenses                                            400.00

            12.       An Appropriation to be used at the discretion

                        of the Conference Superintendent.                                          3,000.00

                        Total                                                                                       27,699.85

(Byron G. Cassel, Paul I. Wentz, Sr. , Kermit K. Gehman, James R. Cressman, Committee).


BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PLEDGES TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET

(Oct. 1, 1969 to Sept. 30, 1970)

                        Allentown - Bethel                                                                             $ 1,900.00

                        Allentown - Cedar Crest                                                                      600.00

                        Allentown - Salem                                                                               350.00

                        Bethlehem                                                                                           1,800.00

                        Blandon                                                                                               500.00

                        Catasauqua                                                                                          384.00

                        Coopersburg                                                                                        825.00

                        Denville                                                                                               325.00

                        Easton                                                                                                  300.00

                        Emmaus                                                                                               1,560.00

                        Ephrata                                                                                                100.00

                        Fleetwood                                                                                            876.00

                        Graterford                                                                                            600.00

                        Harleysville                                                                                         400.00

                        Harrisburg                                                                                           725.00

                        Hatfield                                                                                                1,320.00

                        Lancaster                                                                                             500.00

                        Lebanon                                                                                               440.00

                        Lehighton                                                                                            408.85

                        Maple Glen                                                                                          900.00

                        Mount Carmel                                                                                     780.00

                        Nazareth                                                                                              540.00

                        Paradise                                                                                               360.00

                        Philadelphia - Calvary                                                                        575.00

                        Philadelphia - Emmanuel                                                                   376.00

                        Quakertown                                                                                         1,105.00

                        Reading                                                                                               1,920.00

                        Royersford                                                                                           650.00

                        Scranton                                                                                              450.00

                        Shamokin                                                                                            480.00

                        Sinking Spring                                                                                     315.00

                        Spring City                                                                                          600.00

                        Staten Island                                                                                        300.00

                        Stroudsburg                                                                                         260.00

                        Sunbury                                                                                               1,200.00

                        Terre Hill                                                                                             700.00

                        Wallingford                                                                                         1,200.00

                        York                                                                                                    850.00

                        Zionsville                                                                                            225.00

                        Total                                                                                                    27,699.85


            Pastor Robert Salzman, supply pastor of Cedar Crest Church addressed the Conference.


            Byron C. Cassel presented the Health and Welfare Insurance Plan as a report of the Committee on Pensions.


            Resolved, That we have a Yea and Nay Roll Call to ascertain if we have 75 % participation in the Health and Welfare Insurance.

            (Yes 43, No l)


            Adjourned at 3:37 p.m. with prayer by Robert Breitegam.


Eighteenth Meeting

Saturday Morning, April 12, 1969

            Pastor LeRoy S. Heller led the conference in hymns of devotions. E. W. Bean gave helpful comments on Psalm 91.


            Resolved, That the first eight pews throughout the church constitute the Conference Bar.


            Resolved, That the pastors’ and delegates’ absence be excused, and further,

Resolved, That the request for being excused be granted.


            Resolved, That we consider the Report of the Government Committee beginning the middle of page 2.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MIZPAH GROVE (See Report, page 24 1)

                        The report was accepted.


            Resolved, That the office of District Superintendent be discontinued and that provision be made for the transitional period; the office to end with the term that exists after new rules have been approved. (Passed by 2/3 majority)


            Resolved, That we accept the report of the Nominating Committee.


            The following were elected:

Conference Superintendent - A. L. Seifert

            Vice - Conference Superintendent - Frank L. Herb, Jr.

            Vice Chairman of Annual Conference - Carl C. Cassel


 

Resolved, That we adjourn to meet at 1:30 p.m.


            Adjourned at 12:08 with prayer by John H. Riggall.


Nineteenth Meeting

Saturday Afternoon, April 12, 1969

Business was resumed at 1:35 p.m.


            The following were elected:

            Secretary of Annual Conference - James A. Beil

            Nominating Committee - (Pastors) Bert N. Brosius, John Dunn, Robert F. Johnson, David Watkins (Laymen), Robert Breitegam, John Deily, Norman L. Reed.

Pinebrook Bible Conference Director - A. L. Seifert


            The following recommendation was presented by the Board of Church Extension:

            Whereas, Representatives of the Bible Fellowship Church have been invited to the U. S. Congress on Evangelism, September 8 thru 14, 1969, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, therefore,

            Resolved, That we designate Daniel G. Ziegler, Interim Director of Church Extension; A. L. Seifert, District Superintendent; John Deily, Layman and a representative of Berean Bible School to be selected by their Board as accredited representatives of the Bible Fellowship Church to the U.S. Congress on Evangelism.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PULPIT SUPPLY II (See Report, page 24 m)

Resolved, That we accept the above report.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL (See Report, page 24 m)


            Resolved, That we receive the report and ratify the election of Jansen E. Hartman as President of Berean Bible School for the term beginning July 1, 1969 and ending June 30, 1970.


            Resolved, That in the event approval is received from the Department of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to grant degrees, the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County be petitioned to change the name of the School from Berean Bible School to Pinebrook College.


            The following corrections in the 1968 Yearbook were noted:

Telephone for Daniel G. Ziegler is 212-442-2782

                        LeRoy C. Wilcox, pastor of the Scranton Church, shall be listed on page 129 under the title "Probationers" and his address and phone shall be as follows: 1023 Taylor Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18510 - Phone 717-342-2027


            The following were appointed to the Statistical Committee: Willard E. Cassel, LeRoy S. Heller, John Dunn, Donald T. Kirkwood.


            Resolved, That we adjourn. Adjourned at 4:50 p. m. with prayer by C. E. Kirkwood.