Sixteenth Meeting

Saturday Morning, March 8, 1969


The 85th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church met in Adjourned Session on Saturday, March 8, 1969 at 9:00 a. m. in the Graterford Bible Fellowship Church, Graterford, Pa.


The Conference sang, "Guide Me, 0 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 L I m e s 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)

[report not included]


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 24m)


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 be ginning 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.


REPORTS


BOARD OF MIZPAH GROVE


This report is included in the minutes to give a permanent record of the disposition of the funds of the Board. It is the prayer of each member of the Board of Mizpah Grove that the ministry which proved so fruitful during the years at Mizpah Grove may become far more fruitful in the extended ministry of Pinebrook.


FINANCES [report not included]


REPORT OF PULPIT SUPPLY COMMITTEE II


The Committee appointed by the Chairman (see page 21 of the 1968 Year Book) of men "who believe that the present system of Pulpit Supply can be made adequate by revising it" have studied the problem at length and with great deliberation.


Literally hundreds of man hours have been spent by the individual members of the committee and by the committee as a whole in its sessions to develop improvements in the present system. Results to date have been most encouraging because we are on the threshold of vital solutions to the problems that have beset us in the past.


Research has been completed in several phases of the system which must be changed, and we are finalizing material on (l)Filling a pulpit which becomes vacant between Annual Conference, (2)

A pastoral agreement with a local church. Concord has been achieved on the types of resignations and legislation dealing with removal by Conference action. Obviously in pursuing our Herculean assignment we have under advisement many other areas which will be scrutinized and refined.


The committee confidently expects to present a clear, concise and complete report; but in order to conclude our assignment, we respectfully request the Adjourned Session to grant an extension

of time until the convening of this august body at its 86th Session on October 13, 1969 in Pinebrook.


R. C. Reichenbach, Chairman; R. W. Gehret, Secretary; W.A. Heffner, J. H. Riggall, H. A. Kauffman, committee).



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BEREAN BIBLE SCHOOL


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School, I submit to the Adjourned Session of the 85th Annual Conference meeting in Calvary Church, Coopersburg, Pa. , on Saturday, April

12, 1969, the following action for ratification:


Jansen E. Hartman was elected as President of Berean Bible School for the term beginning on July 1, 1969 and ending on June 30, 1970. This action was taken at the second meeting of the Board, February 1, 1969.


At a special meeting, March 15, 1969, of the Board of Directors of Berean Bible School, a resolution was adopted to petition the 85th Annual Conference Adjourned Session, convening April 12, 1969 at Coopersburg, Pa. , to adopt the following action:


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.


James A. Beil, Secretary


STUDY OF THE OFFICE OF DIRECTOR - BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION. 1969


The Church of Christ has a mandate from her Lord to evangelize. The work of evangelism is accomplished best in a given community when the church in that community enlists its total membership in person-to-person evangelism. New areas are evangelized best and can be adequately evangelized only through the establishment in those areas of vigorous, indigenous, self-propagating New Testament churches. This may be done in the forms of either branches of

existing churches or entirely new mission openings.


The Bible Fellowship Churches implement their mandate and exercise their unity and mutual subordination in the work of church planting by working through a Church Extension Department - a Board and a Director, together with the men who serve under their jurisdiction. The Board and Director are responsible to stimulate, initiate , co-ordinate and regulate the denomination's church-planting thrust and activities.


The Board of Church Extension should consist of men with a burden for evangelism and church planting, vision for its possibilities, sound judgment for decision-making and drive for

accomplishment of goals.


The Church Extension Director should be a man who can be the church's specialist in evangelism and church planting. He should be able to call forth and focus the Board's burden and thinking for its work. He should, as a result of constant study, thought and labor in church extension, be able to offer expert counsel to the Board and the denomination. He should be able to inspire and guide men in the work of opening new missions and strengthening young churches. He should be an able administrator of the work committed to his care.


The potential of the office of Director should be commensurate with the need for planting new churches and developing existing churches to maturity. Since the only fully satisfactory method of evangelism is through the establishment of strong churches, the potential is as vast as the need for evangelism in our nation.


The effective potential of the Director's office is limited or modified by the following factors:

(1) The burden and commitment of the Bible Fellowship Church to the task of evangelism.

(2) The available resources in men and money that the church is willing and able to commit to the work of church planting.

 (3) The faith and vision of the man who holds the office and the Board with which he labors.

(4) The relative needs, at a given time, for planting or development of churches. The amount of time and energy allotted to each must be in proportion to the needs of each.

In times of shortage of funds and manpower, the Director might well use much time and energy to call the church to enter into its responsibility for church-planting evangelism and to help churches to see and use ways and means to fulfill their commission. At such times his own time may be shared between church extension and a pastorate or other ministry as part of the church's attempt to conserve resources for the primary work.

 

When there are many young churches that need to be brought up to maturity, the work to counsel, supervision and encouragement will require a larger proportion of time and energy.


When the church is ready to embark on a new thrust of church planting, such matters as strategy, surveying and actual on-the-field evangelism will consume the major part of the Director's time and thought.


If there are sufficient funds and a shortage of able men, he may need to devote time, thought and effort to recruiting and training men for this particular work. If there is a surplus of manpower and insufficient funds he will seek ways and means to increase available funds and to use all monies in the most efficient manner.


The Board and the Annual Conference should consider the definite needs in the field of church extension at a particular time and should then seek the man to whom God has given gifts and abilities best suited to the demands of the office at that time.


The specific duties of the Director and allocation of his time must be somewhat flexible, in view of varying demands in the work of planting and developing churches. In addition to being an administrator, he should be a resource person and a strategist. Both he and the Board should seek to make secure his ability to serve in a strategic role by not encumbering him with an unnecessarily heavy load of detailed duties. He needs time for personal enrichment, study, thought and planning if he is to be creative and bold as a strategist.


The Director is the executive officer of the Board of Church Extension. He is responsible to implement the strategy and policies of church extension that the Board has adopted. He directs the establishment of new ministries of Church Extension.


The Director is the administrative officer of the Department of Church Extension. He oversees the continuance of existing ministries. He will usually represent the Board in churches and missions under the jurisdiction of the Department. He will normally be the channel of communication between the men who minister in the Department and the Board.


In view of these considerations, the Board of Church Extension offers the following proposed legislation to the 85th Annual Conference for first reading (this would replace material on page 15, mimeographed Faith and Order):


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) He shall be the executive and administrative officer of the Board of Church Extension. This shall include supervision of churches, missions and ministers under the Board's jurisdiction.

(3) He shall fulfill the duties of the District Superintendent toward all churches which are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Church Extension, according to the by-laws of the Bible Fellowship Church, under which he shall act in lieu of the District Superintendent.

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

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

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

His duties may include the following:

(7) He shall be responsible for devising strategy and tactics for church planting and development, subject to approval by the Board of Church Extension.

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

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

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

(11) 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.

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


If the above legislation be adopted, the Board of Church Extension recommends adoption of the following resolution:



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.


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. We therefore recommend that #7 (page l6, mimeographed Faith and Order) under the duties of the Board of Church Extension be eliminated from our by-laws. We further recommend adoption of first reading of 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.


The Board of Church Extension recommends the adoption of the following revised budget for the 1969-1970 conference year, in place of the earlier proposed budget, which has been tabled:


PROPOSED BUDGET

October 1, 1969 -September 30, 1970

[not included]


(A. L. Seifert, Daniel G. Ziegler, Bruce A. Ellingson, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr. , James G.Koch, John L.Deily, Clayton E. Weber). Board