EIGHTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1971


First Meeting

Monday Morning, October 11, 1971


            The 88th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church was called to order by Chairman, C. E. Kirkwood at 10:00 a. m.


            The roll was called as follows:

 

            Church                                    Ordained Pastor                      Delegate

            Allentown (Bethel)                 James G. Koch                       John O. Deily

            Allentown (Cedar Cr)                                                             Howard Schaeffer

            Allentown (Salem)                 Willard E. Cassel                    Dale Kemmerer

            Belvidere, N. J.                       John H. Herb                          Philip T. Link

            Bethlehem                              Frank L. Herb, Jr.                   Arden Gachenbach

            Blandon                                  Donald T. Kirkwood              Stanley Kalbach

            Catasauqua                             Brian H. Butler                       Arthur W. Deppe

            Coopersburg                           LeRoy S. Heller                      Arthur Mack

            Denville, N. J.                                                                         George W. Harper

            Ephrata                                   Robert W. Smock                   Robert W. Gehret

            Emmaus                                  Harvey J. Fritz, Jr.                  Clifford L. Kauffman

            Finesville, N. J.                       Harold C. Weaber                   H. Walter Stout, Jr.

            Fleetwood                               Austin G. Shelly                     Norman L. Reed

            Graterford                               Keith E. Plows                        Edward A. Stortz

            Harleysville                            David E. Thomann                 Clayton Dietz

            Harrisburg                              R. C. Reichenbach                  Richard S. Achey

            Hatfield                                   Ronald C. Mahurin                 Clyde W. Snyder

            Lancaster                                John Dunn                              Horace A. Kauffman

            Lebanon                                  Bruce A. Ellingson                 Ronald Ensminger

            Maple Glen                                                                             Byron C. Cassel

            Nazareth                                 James A. Beil                         Norman W. Granda

            Paradise                                  William A. Heffner                E. Gerald Hershey

            Quakertown                            Bert N. Brosius                       John M. Stengele

            Reading                                  Jansen E. Hartman                  Robert Breitegam

            Royersford                              Robert F. Johnson                   William R. Hunsberger

            Scranton                                                                                 Franklin Mead

            Shamokin                               W. W. Hartman                      T. Lamarn Manney

            Spring City                             George E. Herb                       Nicholas Sheetz

            Staten Island                           Daniel G. Ziegler                    Ralph D. Cole

            Stroudsburg                            A. L. Seifert                            Harold E. Snyder

            Sunbury                                  William W. Mull                    Clayton Brosius

            Terre Hill                                Leon K. Overpeck                  John M. Slater

            Wallingford                            C. E. Kirkwood                      Robert W. Truett

            Walnutport                             David L. Branning                  Burton Deppe

            York                                       John H. Riggall                       Sterling Baer

            Zionsville                               E. W. Bean                             Bright N. Heist


            Probationers

            Easton                                     LeRoy C. Wilcox                   Leonard F. Kessler

            Lehighton                               Arthur H. Frable                     Ernest E Bauer

            Mount Carmel                        Carl K. Spackman                  Harold L. Snyder, Jr.

            Phila. (Calvary)                      Keith Yoder                            Leon H. Naudasher

            Phila. (Emmanuel)                  Paul G. Zimmerman               Edward J. Dietzman

            Sinking Spring                        Terris Byrd                             Richard Fisher


ORDAINED MINISTERS - Carl C. Cassel, Donald R. Knauer, David J. Watkins


RETIRED MINISTERS - Paul E. Baer, T. D. Gehret, W. F. Heffner, F. B. Hertzog, E. J. Rutman, P. T. Stengele, N. H. Wolf.


ORDAINED MINISTERS ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE - Reynold D. Gardner, W. B. Hottel


ORDAINED MISSIONARIES - James Bigley, Leonard E. Buck, Robert Gordon, J. Barclay Harley, Roy Hertzog, Edward Moyer, Laird F. Stengele

 The following were absent: Arden Gackenbach, Ronald Ensminger, John M. Stengele, Nicholas Sheetz, William W. Mull, Paul E. Baer, W. F. Heffner, Reynold D. Gardner, E. J. Rutman, P. T Stengele, N. H. Wolf, W. B. Hottel, James Bigley, Leonard E. Buck, Robert Gordon, J. Barclay Harley*, Roy Hertzog*, Edward Moyer*, Laird F. Stengele*

(*Absent due to service on respective fields)


            Secretary James A. Beil appointed Willard E. Cassel as Assistant Secretary and Robert W. Smock as Recording Secretary.


            The following asked to be excused from various sessions: John M. Stengele, Jansen E. Hartman, Ronald Ensminger, Dale L. Kemmerer, A. L. Seifert, Leon K. Overpeck, Arthur W. Deppe, Clayton Dietz, Clayton Brosius, James A. Beil, Harold E. Snyder, William W. Mull.

 

Resolved, that these excuses be accepted.


            Resolved, that Alternate Delegate Paul H. Cressman be seated as delegate for the Bethlehem Church, and Alternate James E. Weidner for Spring City.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROGRAM (See report page 37)

The report was accepted.


Devotional Period - Song leader: Bert N. Brosius; Prayer: Robert Breitegam; Message: Frank L. Herb, Jr.


            Resolved, that the first 10 rows of seats constitute the Conference Bar.

 

The Chairman made the following appointments:

Committee on Finance; Byron C. Cassel, Robert W. Truett, Sterling Baer, Robert Breitegam, Robert W. Gehret, Paul H. Cressman.


Committee On Communications: William A. Heffner, Donald R. Knauer, David L. Branning, William W. Mull, Harold C. Weaber


Committee on Resolutions: Carl C. Cassel, Ronald C. Mahurin, Bruce A. Ellingson, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., Leon H. Naudasher, Norman L. Reed, Austin G. Shelly


Committee on Auditing: William R. Hunsberger, Clifford L. Kauffman, Ronald Ensminger, Howard Schaeffer, Dale L. Kemmerer, Stanley Kalbach, Richard Achey, LeRoy G. Wilcox, Harold L. Snyder, Jr., T. Lamarn Manney, John M. Slater, Clayton Brosius, Edward A. Stortz, Clayton Dietz, Bright N. Heist


Committee on Examination of Local Conference Minutes: E. W. Bean, W. W. Hartman, Arthur W. Deppe, Arthur Mack, George W. Harper, Leonard F. Kessler, Carl K. Spackman, Clyde W. Snyder, Ernest E. Bauer, Ralph D. Cole, Edward J. Dietzman, Franklin Mead, Terris Byrd, Harold E. Snyder, Burton Deppe, H. Walter Stout, Jr., Philip T. Link, Richard Fisher, E, Gerald Hershey, James E. Weidner.

 

Timekeeper: Arthur H. Frable

 

Reporter: John H. Herb


Tellers: Jansen E. Hartman, Robert F. Johnson, R. C. Reichenbach, George E. Herb, Norman W. Granda, John L. Deily

 

Resolved, that we approve the above appointments.

 

The Agenda for this year's session was presented.


            Resolved, that we accept the Report of the Committee on Agenda as a guidelines


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS (See report page 38)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that Carl K. Spackman, Paul G. Zimmerman, Arthur H. Frable and Richard J. Gehman be ordained at a service to be held on Thursday, November 18, 1971, at 8:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, Bethlehem, Pa.


            The Credentials Committee shall be in charge of this service.


            Whereas, Donald T. Kirkwood has requested that his name be placed on the roll of Ordained Ministers On Leave of Absence, therefore

Resolved, that his request be granted.


            Whereas, Brian H. Butler has requested that his name be placed on the roll of Ordained Missionaries, therefore

Resolved, that his request be granted.


            Whereas, Reynold D. Gardner, by failure to respond to an ultimatum from the Credentials Committee, has indicated that he no longer desires to hold credentials with us, and

            Whereas, he has taken membership in a church outside the Bible Fellowship denomination, and,

            Whereas, he has been well established in secular employment for the past 6 years, therefore,

            Resolved, that his ordination credentials be withdrawn.


            Resolved, that the following two resolutions appearing on the Faith and Order Questionnaire be placed in the Standing Rules. (1st Reading)


            Resolved, that the mimeographed copies of the Articles of Faith and Order of the Bible Fellowship Church which have been adopted by Annual Conference be our Official FAITH AND ORDER, and, further

            Resolved, that this be the Official FAITH AND ORDER to which the pastors shall subscribe.


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

 

Adjourned at 11:35 a.m. with prayer by Sterling Baer.


Second Meeting

Monday Afternoon, October 11, 1971

            A Commissioning Service for Brian H. Butler, Missionary to Moorland Bible College, England, was conducted by the members of the Board of Foreign Missions.

 

The following were elected:

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE: Willard E. Cassel, Frank L. Herb, Jr., James G. Koch, Keith E. Plows, John H. Riggall


REPORT OF THE YOUTH FELLOWSHIP GENERAL COMMITTEE: (See report, page 40)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION AND PRINTING: (See report, page 44)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE TREASURER: (See report, page 44)

 

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROMOTION COMMITTEE: (See report, page 48 )

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that the Sunday School Promotion Committee and the Youth Fellowship General Committee be dissolved as of this Annual Conference and, further

            Resolved, that Annual Conference elect a Board of Christian Education composed of six ministers and six laymen to oversee the work of Christian Education throughout the Bible Fellowship Churches. The twelve members of this Board of Christian Education shall be comprised of three classes of two ministers and laymen, respectively, each class to be elected annually in turn for a term of three years. (To initiate the proposed, two ministers and two laymen shall be elected for a three -year term, two ministers and two laymen shall be elected for a two-year term, and two ministers and two laymen shall be elected for a one-year term.)

 

Duties of the Board of Education:

1.It shall provide guidance to the local church in carrying out the Christian Education Program.

2.It shall provide helpful regional and denominational programs for any or all aspects of the work of Christian Education.

3.It shall receive funds designated by the Annual Conference and disburse them for the needs of its work.

            4.         It shall submit a written report to Annual Conference.

 

The above legislation was adopted for second reading.


            Resolved, that the treasury balance of the Youth Fellowship General Committee and the Sunday School Promotion Committee be turned over to the Board of Christian Education.


            Resolved, that every church make an annual contribution to the Board of Christian Education at the Adjourned Session of Annual Conference. (We suggest the contribution for each church be at least equal to the combined offerings for Youth Fellowship General Committee and Sunday School Promotion Committee).


REPORT OF MINISTERIAL CONVENTION: (See report, page 47)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES: (See report, page 50 ).

            The report was accepted.

 

Resolved, thatthe following men be recognized in their respective stages of development:

 

Probationers:

            Terris L. Byrd, Sinking Spring, Pa.

            Robert Minnig, Freehold, N. J.

            D. Thomas Phillips, Neptune City, N. J.

            Theodore Shelling, Baltimore, Maryland

            Mark T. Smith, Hamburg, Pa. (On leave of absence)

            LeRoy C. Wilcox, Easton , Pa.

            Keith Yoder, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

Candidates:

            Bernard N. Coble, Scranton, Pa.

Robert L. Draper, Ramtown, N. J.

David Manney, Ecuador

 

Applicants:

William H. Bartron, Monroe, N.Y.

Douglas D. Bowne, Rahns, Pa.

Glenn H. Davis, Columbus, Ohio

John Grady, Boonton, N. J.

Thomas Heimer, Nazareth, Pa.

Charles E. Kramer, Spring City, Pa.

Rodney H. Long, Elysburg, Pa.

Roger Reitz, Shamokin, Pa.

Jonathan Reynolds, Zionsville, Pa.

Keith Stickler, Bethlehem, Pa.

Terry Tareila, Dallas, Texas

Richard Taylor, Graterford, Pa.

David A. Thomann, Harleysville, Pa.

Dana Weller, Bethlehem, Pa.

Frank DeJuana, Staten Island, N. Y.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH FELLOWSHIP NEWS: (See report, page 51)

The report was accepted.


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

 

The following oral reports were given:

            Editor of FELLOWSHIP NEWS

            Business Manager of FELLOWSHIP NEWS

 

The following was elected:

CONFERENCE TREASURER: Byron C. Cassel

 

Resolved., that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 6:30 p. m.


            Adjourned at 4:26 with prayer by Paul G. Zimmerman


Third Meeting

Monday Night, October 11, 1971

            The minutes of the morning meeting were read and approved.


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

 

The following were elected:

            MINISTERIAL CANDIDATE COMMITTEE: James A. Beil, Carl C. Cassel, Robert F. Johnson, David E. Thomann, David J. Watkins


            Resolved, that a donation be made to FELLOWSHIP NEWS from the following boards and committees:

            Board of Victory Valley                                 $ 50.00

            Board of Foreign Missions                              50.00

            Board of Church Extension                             50.00

            Board of Directors of Pinebrook Jr. College   50.00

            Pinebrook Conference Board                          50.00

            Board of Christian Education                          50.00

            Committee on Publication & Printing             400.00


            Checks should be made payable to FELLOWSHIP NEWS and sent to the treasurer by February 1, 1972.


            Resolved, that the following budget f or FELLOWSHIP NEWS be adopted.


FELLOWSHIP NEWS BUDGET

1971-1972

            INCOME

            Subscriptions at $2.25 each                                                                $3,100.00

            Donations: $50.00 each from Board of Christian Education,

                        Pinebrook Jr. College, Board of Foreign Missions,

                        Board of Church Extension, Board of Victory Valley,

                        Pinebrook Conference Board.                                                 300.00

            Board of Publication and Printing                                                       400.00

            Total proposed income                                                                       $3,800.00


            EXPENDITURES

            Printing 12 issues FELLOWSHIP NEWS                                          3,300.00

            Honorariums                                                                                        175.00

            Secretarial Expenses                                                                            100.00

            Editor's Expenses                                                                                150.00

            Postage                                                                                                100.00

            Business Manager's Expenses                                                             275.00

            Equipment                                                                                           100.00

            Total proposed expenses                                                                    $4,200.00



REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF CHURCH EXTENSION: (See report, page 53)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION: (see report, page 60 ).

The report was accepted.

 

The following budget for Church Extension was adopted: (Yes 42; No 31)


REVISED BUDGET FOR CHURCH EXTENSION

October 1, 1971 - September 30, 1972


            Receipts

            Balance brought forward 9/20/71                                                       $ 6,326.61

            Offerings                                            43,935.00

            Rents                                                   1,500.00

            Interest                                                 600.00

            Special gifts and/or loans                    3,728.39                                 49,763.39

                                                                                                                        $56,090.00


            Expenditures

            Appropriations:

                        Churches                                  9,100.00

                        Missions                                 23,090.00

                        New Missions                         10,800.00

                        TIE Team                                1,000.00

                        PISCES                                   3,600.00                                 47,590.00

            Administrative:

                        Director                                   2,800.00

                        Director's Mileage                   1,900.00

                        Director's Parsonage                500.00

                        Director's Operating                1,500.00

                        Taxes                                       400.00

                        Board Expenses                       600.00                                 7,700.00

            General:

                        Contingency                            800.00                                  800.00

 

            Total Expenditures                                                                             $56,090.00

            Balance in Treasury 9/30/72                                                                00.00


            Whereas, present procedures for receiving, holding and disbursing Church Extension Funds through the Conference Treasurer are cumbersome and inefficient, therefore

            Resolved, that the Board of Church Extension elect a Treasurer from among its membership and that said Treasurer shall receive, deposit and disburse monies assigned to the Board as directed by the Board. (Second Reading)


            Resolved, that all Church Extension funds be forwarded quarterly to the Treasurer of the Board of Church Extension.


REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE PINEBROOK BIBLE CONFERENCE: (See report, page 63)

The report was accepted.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time.

 

Resolved, that we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 9:10 p.m. with prayer by E. J. Dietzman.


Fourth Meeting

Tuesday Morning, October 12, 1971

The minutes were read and approved as read.


            Devotional Period — Song leader: Carl C. Cassel; Prayer: Ronald Ensminger; Message: Frank L. Herb, Jr.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOME: (See Report, page 65)

The report was accepted.


            Administrator of the Home, F. B. Hertzog, addressed the Conference.


            Resolved, that each church make a contribution to the Bible Fellowship Church Home. The anticipated budget of the Home indicates a need for contributions of at least $8,600 by the churches. Checks shall be made payable to the Bible Fellowship Church Home and submitted by April 1, 1972.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF VICTORY VALLEY: (See report, page 81 ).

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that each church make a contribution to Victory Valley Camp. The camp budget for 1971-72 indicates a need for church contributions of $5,000. If each church would give at least 1% of its total offerings, this could be accomplished. Checks should be made payable to Victory Valley Camp and sent to the Financial Secretary of the Board before March 1, 1972.

 

Resolved, that we recess. Recessed at 10:33 a.m.

 

Reconvened at 10:50 a.m.


            Resolved, that the Victory Valley Board be composed of nine men, four ordained ministers and five laymen elected in three classes of three-year terms each. (Initially one class of three laymen would be elected for one-year terms; a second class of three ordained ministers would be elected for two-year terms; and a third class of two laymen and one ordained minister would be elected for three-year terms. Thereafter, each class would be elected for, three-year terms. ) (First Reading)

 

The material on Pulpit Supply was considered.


            The following missionaries, supported by the Bible Fellowship Church, were introduced to the Conference: Miss Olive Rawn, James Bigley, Ron Hoyle and Richard J. Gehman. Each one spoke briefly.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 12:05 p.m. with prayer by Bright N. Heist.


Fifth Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon, October 12, 1971

            Ernest Bauer led in prayer.


            The minutes of the morning session were read and approved.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION: James G. Koch, Clyde W. Snyder.


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

            The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that all foreign mission funds be forwarded quarterly to the General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions.


            Resolved, that this resolution be placed in our Standing Rules

 

Recessed at 2:54 p.m. Reconvened at 3:15 p.m.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOME: James A. Beil, David E. Thomann, Walter A. Schlagel.


            Resolved, that the Committee on Credentials and the delegates of all self-supporting churches shall constitute the Stationing Committee.

 

The following was elected:

            GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS: David E. Thomann


            Resolved, that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 6:30 p.m.

 

Adjourned at 4:14 p.m. with prayer by Keith Yoder.



Sixth Meeting

Tuesday Evening, October 13, 1971

            The minutes of the Tuesday afternoon session were read and approved as read.

 

A time of sharing was enjoyed by the Conference.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS: John Dunn, T. D. Gehret, R. C. Reichenbach, Austin G. Shelly, Robert Breitegam, James R. Cressman, Kermit Gehman, Paul Truett.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE LOCAL CONFERENCE MINUTES: (See report, page 84)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF PINEBROOK JUNIOR COLLEGE: (See report, page 85)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PINEBROOK JUNIOR COLLEGE: (See report, page 86)

The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that we extend the time.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 9:10 p.m. with prayer by Leon H. Naudasher.


Seventh Meeting

Wednesday Morning, October 13,1971

            The minutes of the Tuesday evening session were read and approved as read.


            Devotions: Song leader, LeRoy S. Heller; Prayer, Norman W. Granda; Message, Frank L. Herb, Jr.


            The following were elected:

            BOARD OF VICTORY VALLEY: Carl C. Cassel, John H. Herb, Donald R. Knauer, Ronald C. Mahurin, Harry Bailey, Bright N. Heist, Clayton E. Weber.


            Leonard E. Buck, missionary supported by the Bible Fellowship Church working in South Africa, addressed the Conference.


REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: (See report, page 89)

            The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that the Historical Committee continue the study of the establishing of a historical center at Pinebrook including projected needs and costs.

            Resolved, that we recess. Recessed at 10:15 a.m.

 

Reconvened at 10:39 a.m.

 

The following were elected:

            EDITOR OF FELLOWSHIP NEWS: Robert W. Smock


            BUSINESS MANAGER OF FELLOWSHIP NEWS: R. C. Reichenbach.

 

The consideration of Pulpit Supply was continued.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time to no later than 12:30 p.m.


            Before casting a ballot, four men led the Conference in prayer.


            The following Pulpit Supply System was adopted as a substitute for the existing pulpit supply rules in FAITH & ORDER (mimeo) pp.8-R-10. (SECOND READING) Yes: 68, No: 10)


            The ideal condition in a conference is that of a satisfactory and stable pastoral relation in each church within its jurisdiction. To work to that ideal it is important that a conference have a proper concern for and relationship with the churches which are without pastors.


A.        INSTITUTING THE PASTORAL RELATION IN CHURCHES WITHOUT PASTORS

1.Ministerial Relations Committee. The care of churches without Pastors shall be assigned to the Ministerial Relations Committee.

2.Oversight. The Ministerial Relations Committee shall exercise oversight of churches without pastors in the following ways:

a.The First Annual Conference Delegate shall serve as Moderator of the Official Board.

b.By consulting with the Official Board regarding Temporary Supplies. The Official Board shall meet with the Committee and with its aid and advice secure temporary supplies for its pulpit when it becomes vacant.

c.By advising with the Official Board regarding Stated Supplies. On recommendations of the Ministerial Relations Committee Annual Conference may establish stated supplies. The Committee may arrange for the transfer of stated supplies within the Conference when it seems to be for the best interests of the minister, the church, or the Conference as a whole. In the area of stated supplies, the Ministerial Relations Committee shall at all times work in consultation with the Ministerial Candidate Committee and with the Credentials Committee.

d.By advising churches regarding the calling of a pastor. The Ministerial Relations Committee shall meet and consult with the Official Board of every church that is without a pastor. It shall advise the Official Board regarding the suitability of any person whose name is to be put before the congregation, and shall have the privilege of nominating suitable persons for the Board's consideration. The Annual Conference shall permit a call to be placed in the hands of a minister only when the Official Board of the church has thus consulted the Ministerial Relations Committee and obtained its approval before the name is presented to the congregation.

e.By conferring with the Board of Church Extension and the Official Board of any church receiving aid in the support of its pastor through the Church Extension Fund before recommending or approving the settlement of a pastor or stated supply in such a church.


            3.         Duty of a Particular Church without a Pastor.

a.Every church should be under the pastoral oversight of a minister, when its pulpit is vacant, shall promptly proceed to elect a pastor in the following manner: The Official Board shall call a congregational meeting to convene at the regular place of worship to elect a nominating committee representative of the whole congregation, whose duty it shall be to nominate a minister to the congregation for election as pastor. Public notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting must be given at not less than three prior regularly scheduled meetings.

 

The church may elect a nominating committee only after its pulpit has become vacant or after the Ministerial Relations Committee has set a definite future date when the pulpit of the church is to be declared vacant. But the nominating committee shall be free, without the influence of the retiring pastor to carry out the desires of the congregation with reference to the call of a successor pastor.

b.Conference with Ministerial Relations Committee. The nominating committee shall confer with the Ministerial Relations Committee as provided in Section A, paragraph 2.

c.If it appears desirable, the nominating committee may confer with eligible men prior to issuing a formal call so that the parties may become acquainted with the particular needs of the church, and proposed methods, opportunities, or obligations.

d.Who is eligible for a call? The Credentials Committee shall issue an annual list of men who are eligible to work as pastors of a Bible Fellowship Church, and this list is to be published in the Year Book and made a part of the proceedings of Annual Conference. Should changes occur in this list while Conference is adjourned, the Secretary of the Credentials Committee shall mail a revised list of such men to all delegates who were members of the last Annual Conference or who may be delegate select to the next Annual Conference.

e.The Congregational Meeting. When the nominating committee is ready to report, it shall notify the Official Board, which shall call a congregational meeting at the regular place of worship for the purpose of acting on the report of the nominating committee. Public notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting shall be given at not less than three prior regularly scheduled meetings.

f.The Congregation's Responsibility in the Election of a Pastor. The order of business for the congregational meeting is as follows:

1.The First Delegate to Annual Conference shall preside, or he may appoint a member of the Ministerial Relations Committee to do so.

2.The Secretary of the Official Board shall act as secretary of the meeting.

                                    3.         Prayer for divine guidance shall be made.

                                    4.         Statement shall be made concerning those entitled to

vote. All members, having attained the age of sixteen (16) years, attending the meeting, but no others, are entitled to vote.

                                    5.         The report of the nominating committee shall be made.

                                    6.         The question shall be put: "Are you ready to proceed to

the election of a pastor?" The question shall be answered by a motion, duly seconded, and approved by a majority of those voting.

7.If they declare themselves ready, the moderator shall declare the name submitted by the nominating committee to be in nomination.

8.The vote shall be taken by written ballot. In every case a majority of the voters present and voting shall be required to elect.

9.On the election of a pastor, if it appear that a large minority is averse to the candidate who has received a majority of votes, and the minority cannot be induced to concur in the call, the moderator shall endeavor to dissuade the majority from prosecuting it further. If the electors be nearly or quite unanimous or if the majority shall insist upon its right to call a pastor, the moderator shall proceed to draw a call in due form. It shall be subscribed by them, certifying at the same time in writing the number of those who do not concur in the call, and any facts of importance all of which proceedings shall be laid before the Ministerial Relations Committee, together with the call.

                                    10.       The call shall be in the following form, namely:


FORM OF CALL


            "The Bible Fellowship Church of being on sufficient grounds, well satisfied of the ministerial qualifications of you, and having good hopes from our knowledge of you, that your ministrations in the gospel will be profitable to our spiritual interests, do earnestly call and desire you to undertake the office of pastor in said congregation, promising you in the discharge of your duties, all proper support, encouragement, and obedience in the Lord.

            "And that you may be free from worldly care and avocations, we, on our part, promise and oblige ourselves to pay you the sum of $ yearly in regular payments during the time of your being and continuing as the pastor of this church, together with free use of the parsonage and vacation each year.


            "And we agree to pay or continue to pay semi-annually into the Ministers' Retirement Fund that requisite percent of said salary which Annual Conference may require you to pay into said fund.


            "And we agree to pay or continue to pay annually a sum equivalent to that self-employment tax as may be levied upon you by the Congress of the United States under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.


            "And we agree to pay, or continue to pay, for the Health and Welfare benefits offered by Annual Conference.


            "And we promise and oblige ourselves to review with you the adequacy of this compensation annually.


            "In testimony whereof we have respectively subscribed our names this day of A. D.


(Signatures)


            "I, having moderated the congregational meeting which extended a call to for his ministerial services, do certify that the call has been made in all respects according to the rules laid down by the Faith and Order, and that the persons who sign the foregoing call were authorized to do so by vote of the congregation.


(Signed)

Moderator of Meeting.

 

11.The signatures on the call shall be either all those present subscribing to the call: or (upon resolution of the congregation) those members of the Official Board who subscribe to the call. Such a resolution must be publicly voted and must be certified to the Ministerial Relations Committee by the moderator of the meeting.

12.The Annual Conference Delegate(s) shall present and prosecute the call before the Ministerial Relations Committee.

            4.         Duty of Minister

                        a.         Ministers receiving calls shall reply in writing within three weeks.

b.If it appears desirable, after he has received a call, the minister may confer with the nominating committee so the parties may become acquainted with the particular needs of the church and with proposed methods, opportunities, or obligations.

            5.         Action of Annual Conference on the Call of the Pastor.

                        a.         Preliminary actions by the Ministerial Relations Committee.

1.The Nominating Committee shall confer with the Ministerial Relations Committee as provided in Section A, paragraph 3 b.

2.The Ministerial Relations Committee must approve the name of the candidate before it is presented to the congregation.

3.Every call must be placed in the hands of the Ministerial Relations Committee by the moderator of the congregational meeting and the Annual Conference Delegate(s). The Ministerial Relations Committee must find that the Nominating Committee had followed the required steps as provided in the Faith and Order.

b.When the call of the congregation is unanimous, or nearly so, the Ministerial Relations Committee may approve the call. If it is unable to approve the call, the Committee must submit the entire matter to Annual Conference at its next session, together with its recommendations. The delegates to Annual Conference shall prosecute the call before the Annual Conference.

c.When a call is approved, the Annual Conference Delegate(s) shall place it in the hands of the minister called.

d.The minister called shall respond in writing within three weeks after having received the call.

 

B.MAINTAINING THE PASTORAL RELATION

1.Ministerial Relations Committee. On the denominational level the Ministerial Relations Committee is charged with the chief responsibility in maintaining good pastoral relations. It shall be established and elected in order that the spiritual and temporal welfare of the ministers and congregations of the Bible Fellowship Church may be properly sustained. The election of this committee shall take precedence over all other Annual Conference Boards, Committees, and Appointments. Unless Annual Conference otherwise provides, the Committee shall elect its own chairman and vice-chairman who shall serve until their successors have been elected.

 

To the Ministerial Relations Committee Annual Conference shall assign the supervision of its churches without pastors, Direct access to this Committee shall be available at all times to all ministers in the Conference, and to all members of official Boards, in matters relative to the spiritual and temporal welfare of the churches in which they severally hold office.

            2.         Consultation and Advice.

a.Because the relationship between pastor and congregation began under mutual agreement and at the direction of Christ, the Head of the church, the parties of this relationship bear the chief responsibility for its proper maintenance through Christ's enabling. Help of the Ministerial Relations Committee shall be sought only when internal discussion of problems results in no mutually acceptable solution.

b.When external help is needed, the Ministerial Relations. Committee shall represent Annual Conference in providing such help.

            3.         Composition and Election of the Ministerial Relations Committee.

                                    a.         The Committee shall be elected by Annual Conference.

b.The Committee shall be comprised of three classes and shall be composed of four ordained ministers who are serving as pastors and three laymen who are elders.

c.The term of office shall be for three years; no one is eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms. (At the beginning members shall be in three classes, serving terms of one, two and three years)

d.Four members shall constitute a quorum. This Committee may, from its membership, establish such sub-committees as may meet its working requirements.

e.When a member of the Ministerial Relations Committee becomes personally involved in a ministerial problem, he shall disqualify himself from acting in such cases.

f.Direct access to this Committee shall be available to all ministers and to all members of the Official Board at all times in corresponding with the Committee, letters shall be addressed to the Committee's secretary.

            4.         Duties of the Ministerial Relations Committee.

a.The Committee's role is that of consultation and advice; and, except in unusual circumstances, it is permitted to act only when matters are brought to its attention. To compel attention referrals must be by:

1.Pastors of the conference, regarding matters pertaining to their own churches.

2.Members of Official Boards regarding matters pertaining to their own churches.

b.When difficulties within a particular church are not too widely known, the Committee with the Pastoral Relations Committee of the congregation shall seek a solution to the problem.

c.If the matter has reached the stage of widespread rumor or general knowledge within the congregation and even in the community, a formal and public visit is in order. Except in cases of emergency, arrangements for such visits to a particular church shall be made by contacting the Secretary of the Official Board.

d.It is mandatory that a church or pastor having problems consult with the Ministerial Relations Committee before initiating any action leading to a dissolution of the pastoral relationship.

e.The first consideration of the Ministerial Relations Committee is the maintenance of a happy relationship between pastor and people. If problems arise, the Committee's duty is to work toward resolving the difficulties. Only after every effort to resolve a problem is exhausted, will thought be given to terminating the pastoral relationship.

f.When this Committee cannot resolve a problem submitted to it, the problem shall be brought to Annual Conference for final solution, with the recommendations of the Committee.

g.It shall submit a report to each Annual Conference and make recommendations as to the minimum minister's salary.

5.Minister's Salary. The call of the minister is a covenant between him and the church he serves and involves the following responsibilities:

a.It shall provide a basic salary. In addition, it shall include provision of a parsonage, including payment as an expense paid out of church income, of the cost of heat, light, telephone, and all other utilities.

b.Each congregation is bound by the requirement: We promise and oblige ourselves to review with you the adequacy of this compensation annually.

c.Whatever the amount of the annual payment of salary, each congregation agrees to pay or to continue to pay into the Ministers' Retirement Fund that requisite percent of said salary which may be fixed by Annual Conference for the participation of the pastor in the Ministers' Retirement Fund.

                        d.         Whatever the amount of the annual payment of salary, each congregation agrees to pay or to continue to pay annually a sum equivalent to that self-employment tax as may be levied upon the pastor by the Congress of the United States under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

                        e.         Whatever the amount of the annual payment of salary, each congregation agrees to pay or to continue to pay for the Health and welfare benefits as offered by Annual Conference.

f.The Ministerial Relations Committee shall approve the call and its details; i.e. the covenant. It shall establish the time the covenant goes into effect. It shall report annually to Annual Conference on the adequacy of the compensation of the pastors. It shall fix the date of the dissolution of the pastorate, at which time the covenant ends.

C.        DISSOLUTION OF THE PASTORAL RELATION

            Except as Annual Conference may delegate authority to the Ministerial Relations Committee, its approval is necessary to the formation of the pastoral relation and to its dissolution. This authority maybe exercised on the petition of the pastor, or on the judgment of Annual Conference without petition. Action taken on "resignation of the pastor or petition of the people" is the normal form of such dissolution. Rules covering the normal process are I through 4 of this section. Action taken on the "judgment of Annual Conference, without petition." is effected by administrative discipline as covered by Paragraph 5 in this section.

 

1.The Normal Process. If a minister desires to resign from his pastorate, he shall submit his resignation to the church by sending a letter to the Secretary of the Official Board, and he shall at the same time submit a copy of said letter to the Chairman of the Ministerial Relations Committee.

a.The Ministerial Relations Committee shall cite the church to appear by members of the Official Board, or the church may so appear upon its own motion, to show cause, if it has any, why Annual Conference should not accept the resignation. If the church shall fail to appear, or if its reasons for retaining its pastor be deemed insufficient, his resignation may be accepted. The Ministerial Relations Committee may approve the resignation and set its effective date. If the Committee is unable to approve the resignation, it must refer the problem to Annual Conference with recommendations.

b.Ordinarily such action presents no difficulties. The usual practice is for the Official Board to call a congregational meeting, in accordance with our rules, to vote concurrence with the minister's resignation. The presentation of the resignation of the pastoral charge by the minister and the concurrence of the congregation leads to the action of Annual Conference dissolving the pastoral relation, and a fixing of the effective date.

            2.         Churches Desiring Dissolution of Pastorate.

a.If a church de sire s a dis solution of the pastoral relation, a similar procedure shall be observed. The title of this paragraph implies that problems exists between pastor and people. It is required then, that all procedures set forth in Section B, for maintaining the pastoral relationship have been followed diligently. Nevertheless, the relationship continues to be an unhappy one. But

whether the minister or the church initiates proceedings for a dis solution of the relationship, there shall always be a meeting of the congregation called precisely as prescribed in Section A, paragraph 3e, and conducted in the same manner as prescribed in Section A, paragraph 3f.

 

If this action is undertaken unilaterally by the church, it must be in the form of a petition to Annual Conference asking that its pastoral relationship be dissolved. This petition must be prepared in consultation with the Ministerial Relations Committee and it must be submitted to Annual Conference through the Ministerial Relations Committee.

b.Unless the pastor resigns, there is no provision for dissolution of the pastoral relationship except as provided in Section C. Paragraph 2a. , or in Section C. Paragraph 5.

            3.         Consultation and Help for Ministers seeking change of Pastorate.

a.Ministerial Relations Committee. A part of the purpose for the Ministerial Relations Committee is to facilitate the exchange of information concerning ministers seeking new pastorates and vacant churches seeking new ministers. Counsel and advice should be given by Ministerial Relations Committee which should insist on such ministers giving information concerning their education, background, and experience, for reference. Suggestions may be given of churches presently vacant, of assistant pastors needed, or of opportunities for those of special talents for administrative work, etc.

b.It may sometimes be wise for Annual Conference, through its Ministerial Relations Committee, to suggest a different calling to one whose experience and disappointment raise a question as to his call to the ministry. Other areas of Christian service, even those open to laymen, may be more suitable to some who have been willing to serve as ministers.

4.Consultation and Help for Churches Seeking a Change of Pastorate. The help of the Ministerial Relations Committee shall be available and willingly given that both church and minister may find satisfactory relations. The friendly help thus given through patience and positive action may prevent the appearance of discord and the resulting harm to both minister and congregation.

5.Dissolution of Pastoral Relation by Annual Conference - after Investigation. There are several ways in which irregularities come before Annual Conference for official action:

a.By report of the Ministerial Relations Committee to Annual Conference when it is unable to solve a problem by simple counsel and advice.

b.By the motion of a member of Annual Conference whose conscience requires him to act in regard to the pastoral relationship.

                        c.         By general review and control.

 

The following were elected:

            COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH FELLOWSHIP NEWS: Willard E. Cassel, William Hunsberger, Bruce A. Ellingson

 

Resolved, that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 3 p.m.

 

Adjourned at 12:24 p.m. with prayer by Arthur H. Frable.


Eighth Meeting

Wednesday Afternoon, October 13, 1971

            The meeting opened at 3:00 p. m. with prayer by John M. Stengele, especially remembering Mrs. Donald R. Knauer.

 

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.

 

Whereas, we have approved a new system of Pulpit Supply, and

            Whereas, several questions have been raised in the discussion on the method of transition, therefore

            Resolved, that we proceed to elect the Ministerial Relation Committee today and ask them to bring recommendations to the Conference this week on the steps in making the transition from our old system to our new system.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3 years) Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., Keith Plows


REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH: (See Report, Page 89)

The report was accepted.

 

Resolved, that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 7:30 p.m.


            Adjourned at 4:16 p.m. with prayer by James Weidner.


Ninth Meeting

Wednesday Evening, October 13, 1971

The meeting was opened at 7:30 p.m.

 

The minutes were read and approved as read.

 

A time of sharing from I John was enjoyed.

 

The following was elected:

            BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3 Years) William R. Hunsberger


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE:(See report, page 101)

            The report was accepted.

 

The following were elected:

            MINISTERIAL RELATION COMMITTEE: Ministers (3 years) Jansen E. Hartman, John H. Riggall, (2 years) David E. Thomann, (l year) Ronald C. Mahurin, Laymen(3 years) John Deily, (2 years) Byron C. Cassel, (1 year) Horace A. Kauffman.


            Resolved, that we extend the time to complete the election of the Ministerial Relation Committee.


            During the time of the casting of ballots, the body entered into an informal discussion on the operation of the Pinebrook ministries.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 11:14 p.m. with prayer by Leonard Kessler.


Tenth Meeting

Thursday Morning, October 14, 1971

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.


            Devotions: Song leader, Keith E. Plows; Prayer, E. J. Dietzman; Message, Frank L. Herb, Jr.


            Resolved, that Frank L. Herb, Jr., be encouraged to adapt his devotional messages of this Conference for publication in FELLOWSHIP NEWS.


REPORT OF THE PINEBROOK CONFERENCE BOARD: (See report, page 102)

The report was accepted.


            The discussion of the work at Pinebrook was continued.

 

Recessed at 10:30 a.m. and reconvened at 10:50 a.m.


            Resolved, that we extend the time to adjourn no later than 12:25 P. M.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 12:25 p.m. with prayer by Richard J. Gehman


Eleventh Meeting

Thursday Afternoon, October 14, 1971

            The meeting was opened at 1:30 p.m. with prayer by George Harper. The Minutes were read and approved.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS: (See report, page 104)

The report was accepted.


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

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE SERVICE BOARD (See report, page 106)

The report was accepted.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Ministers) James A. Beil, Carl C. Cassel, Jansen E. Hartman, James G. Koch, John H. Riggall.


            Resolved, that the Finance Committee be discontinued as of the 88th Annual Conference. The "Pastor's Financial Report" shall be discontinued. The information contained in the report of the Financial Committee shall hereafter be complied by the Treasurers of the Boards of Foreign Missions and Church Extension. These Boards shall incorporate this information in their reports to Annual Conference. These Boards shall also furnish the same information to the Statistical Committee so it is available for use by the latter on the Tuesday preceding the first session of Annual Conference.

 

The Chairman made the following appointments:

            COMMITTEE ON AGENDA: Willard E. Cassel, John Herb, Harold C. Weaber.


            COMMITTEE ON PROGRAM FOR NEXT ANNUAL CONFERENCE: James G. Koch, Frank L. Herb, Jr., John Deily, Clyde W. Snyder.


            COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION AND PRINTING: John Dunn, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., David E. Thomann.


            COMMITTEE ON EXAMINATION OF ANNUAL CONFERENCE MINUTES: David L. Branning, LeRoy C. Wilcox.


            COMMITTEE TO PUBLISH THE YEAR BOOK (1972): Robert W. Smock, Willard E. Cassel, David E. Thomann.

 

Resolved, that the above appointments be approved.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH: (Laymen) Horace A. Kauffman, Byron C. Cassel, James R. Cressman, Robert W. Truett.


            Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church be, and it hereby is, authorized to borrow $50,000. using Pinebrook real estate as collateral if necessary, to provide working capital for the Pinebrook Service Board. The interest on this loan shall be borne by the Pinebrook Conference Board and the Pinebrook Junior College on a ratio of 77.5 and 22.5 respectively.

(Yes 61; No 15 )


            Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church, the Pinebrook Conference Board, Pinebrook Service Board and the Board of Directors of Pinebrook Junior College each elect 3 men from their respective membership so as to formulate a committee to study the organizational and financial structure for the management of Pinebrook to report to the Adjourned Session of this Conference with specific recommendations and, further,

            Resolved, that the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bible Fellowship Church shall moderate.

 

The following were elected:

            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PINEBROOK JUNIOR COLLEGE: (Ministers) LeRoy S. Heller


            Resolved, that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 6:30 p.m.

 

Adjourned at 4:03 p.m. with prayer by Stanley Kalbach.


Twelfth Meeting

Thursday Evening, October 14, 1971

            The minutes were read and approved as read.


            The following were elected:

            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PINEBROOK JUNIOR COLLEGE: (laymen) James Herrold, Clyde W. Snyder, Warren L. Zimmerman


REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

            The Committee met and organized by electing Jansen E. Hartman, Chairman and Byron C. Cassel, Secretary.

Following are resolutions adopted by the Committee:

            "Resolved, that we declare that our Pulpit Supply System shall become effective at the adjournment of the 83th Annual Conference, October 15, 1971. This means that all relationships established at this Annual Conference shall continue indefinitely. It also means that each of the churches that is without a pastor has the privilege of invoking all of the provisions of our system immediately.


            "Resolved, that we declare that the "FORM OF CALL" shall be used by each particular church when it next calls a pastor to its pulpit. It is the recommendation of the Committee, however, that each of our churches make an effect when it is establishing its next budget, to bring its financial support of its Pastor into line with the provisions contained in the 'FORM OF CALL'.


            "Resolved, that the Ministerial Relations Committee accept the care of the churches that are without pastors at the adjournment of the 88th Annual Conference on October 15, 1971.


            Except as noted below, any communication to the Committee shall be addressed to its Secretary:

Byron C. Cassel, Secretary

Ministerial Relations Committee

Bible Fellowship Church

747 Hillcrest Ave., Glenside, Pa. 19038


            If the communication is being sent under the provisions of Section C. Paragraph 1, it shall be sent to the Committee's Chairman,

Rev. Jansen E. Hartman, Chairman

Ministerial Relations Committee

Bible Fellowship Church

            1122 Hampden Boulevard, Reading, Pa. 19604

 

Ministerial Relations Committee:

                        Jansen E. Hartman

                        Byron C. Cassel

                        John L. Deily

Horace A. Kauffman

Ronald C. Mahurin

John H. Riggall

David E. Thomann

 

Resolved, that we accept this report and the provisions of this report be adopted as policy.

 

A time of sharing from I John 5 was enjoyed.


            Resolved, that each church contribute an offering or allocate in its budget, a sum of money to help meet the financial need of the Pinebrook Service Board. Checks shall be made payable to the Treasurer of the Board and sent no later than March 1, 1972.

 

The following were elected:

            PINEBROOK CONFERENCE BOARD: Frank L. Herb, Jr., Norman W. Granda


            Resolved, that the Board of Directors elect two of their members to serve as non-voting advisory members of the Pinebrook Service Board.

 

The following were elected:

            PINEBROOK SERVICE BOARD: Robert Breitegam, Ronald Ensminger, George E. Herb


            BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: (Ministers) (2 years) LeRoy S. Heller, William W. Mull, (1 year) David L. Branning, Bruce A. Ellingson; (Laymen) (3 years) Robert W. Truett, (2 years) LeRoy O. Herb, Norman L. Reed, (1 year) Leon H. Naudasher, Willard Stull.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time indefinitely.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 9:31 p.m. with prayer by Burton Deppe.


Thirteenth Meeting

Friday Morning, October 15, 1971

            Devotions: Song leader, David E. Thomann; Prayer, T. Lamarn Manney; Message, Frank L. Herb, Jr.

 

The Conference entered into the observance of the Lord's Supper.

 

The minutes were read and approved as read.


            The Pinebrook Junior College Budget for 1971-72 was considered.


            Resolved, that we approve presentation to our churches of the following Administrative Budget proposed for 1972-73:


ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET PROPOSED FOR 1972-1973

COMPARED WITH BUDGET APPROVED FOR 1971-1972


                                                                                                            Approved        Proposed

                                                                                                            for                   for

                                                                                                            1971-1972      1972-1973

 

            1.         Publication and Printing                                              500.00         1,500.

            2.         Conference Entertainment                                           1,600.00         1,600.

            3.         Beneficiary Fund                                                         1,000.00         1,000.

            4.         Ministers' Retirement Fund                                         6,000.00         8,500.

            5.         Moving Fund                                                               5,000.00         5,000.

            6.         Expenses for Boards & Committee

                        while transacting Con. Bus.                                         1,600.00         2,100.

            7.         Other Exp. of Board of Directors                                350.00         350.

            8.         Ministerial Conv. Expenses                                         450.00         450.

            9.         Ministers' Assistance Fund                                          3,000.00         3,000.

            10.       Health & Welfare Ins. for Pastors and Dependents    13,024.12         16,000.*

            11.       For use by Ministerial Cand. Com. for Internships     1,000.00         10000.

            12.       Contingencies                                                              500.00         500.

                        TOTALS                                                         $34,024.12        $41,000.


            *Includes insurance coverage ($31. 54/month) for Pastors of 42 churches contributing to the Budget.

 

Recessed at 10:34 a.m. Reconvened at 10:54 a.m.


            Whereas, the Board of Christian Education was created by this Annual Conference, and

            Whereas, this Board requires immediately a means to transact financial business, therefore be it by the Rule of Exception

            Resolved, that the Board of Christian Education elect a Treasurer from among its membership and that said Treasurer shall receive, deposit and disburse monies assigned to the Board as directed by the Board.


            Resolved, that the report of each Board and Committee made to Annual Conference shall include a report by its Treasurer stating the total amount of cash on hand and the depository where this fund is being maintained.


            The following budget of the Board of Church Extension was presented:


BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION

PROPOSED BUDGET

October 1, 1972 - September 30, 1973


            Receipts:

                        Balance Brought Forward 10/1/72                              00.00

                        Offerings                                            $49,000. 

                        Interest                                                 500.          49,500.00

                                    Total Receipts                                                                        49, 500. 00


            Expenditures:

            Appropriations:

                        Churches                                              6,000.

                        Missions                                              22,000.

                        TIE Team                                            1,000.

                        PISCES                                               3,600.

                                                                                                           32,600.

            Administrative:

                        Director                                               7,500.

                        Director's Mileage                               1,800.

                        Director's Par. Maint.                          600.

                        Director's Operating                            1,500.

                        Taxes                                                   400.

                        Board Expenses                                   600.

                                                                                     12,400.

            General:

                        Contingency                                        500.            500.

                                    Total Expenditures                                                                 45,500.

                                    Balance in Treasury, 10/30/73                                                 4,000.


            The Board of Church Extension calls to your attention the Church offering goal of $49,000 for 1972, 1973 and the offering goal of $55, 000 for 1973, 1974.

 

Resolved, that we accept this budget.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AUDITING (See pg. 113)

            The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE ANNUAL CONFERENCE MINUTES (See page 112)

            The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS:

            Whereas, A. L. Seifert has this past year served as Pinebrook Bible Conference Director, therefore,


            Resolved, that we thank God for His care and guidance of our brother, and, further,

            Resolved, that we express our appreciation to A. L. Seifert for his devotion to this work.


            Whereas, we, the members of the 88th Annual Conference, have benefitted from the able leadership of our distinguished Chairman, therefore,

            Resolved, that we express our appreciation to C. E. Kirkwood for the expeditious way in which he chaired this Conference.


            Whereas, David J. Watkins has been used of the Lord in such a remarkable way as President of Pinebrook Junior College, therefore,

            Resolved, that we express to God our grateful praise for His leadership and pledge him our faithful prayer support.


            Whereas, Daniel G. Ziegler has exhibited such a spirit of enthusiasm and vision as Director of the Church Extension Department, therefore

            Resolved, that we praise our God for his missionary zeal and deep concern for the extension of the church, and, further

            Resolved, that we express to him our deepest appreciation and pledge to him our continued prayerful support.


            Whereas, the ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church have faithfully served the Lord and have sought under God to minister to the needs of their people, therefore

            Resolved, that we thank God for calling, enabling and empowering these brethren for the work of the ministry.


            Whereas, Byron C. Cassel has graciously and conscientiously carried out with diligence and care his responsibilities as Treasurer of the Bible Fellowship Church, therefore

            Resolved, that we extend to him our heartfelt thanks for this ministry.


            Whereas, the 88th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church has been graciously entertained by the Pinebrook staff and volunteers, therefore

            Resolved, that we hereby express our gratitude for their provision by a rising vote of thanks at the noon meal on Friday, October 15, 1971.


            Whereas, James A. Beil has served faithfully as Secretary of Annual Conference, ably assisted by Willard E. Cassel, Assistant Secretary and Robert W. Smock, Recording Secretary, therefore

            Resolved, that each of these brethren be commended for their fine work and be given a token gift of $25.00 each from the Committee on Publication and Printing.


            Whereas, Missionaries James Bigley, Leonard Buck, Richard Gehman, Ronald Hoyle, Olive Rawn and Brian H. Butler attended and briefly addressed this Annual Conference, therefore

            Resolved, that we praise God for separating these and all of our missionaries unto His service and assure them of our interest and prayers relative to their ministries.


            Whereas, F. B. Hertzog, Administrator of the Bible Fellowship Home has reported to this Annual Conference on its progress and future plans, therefore be it

            Resolved, that we express our appreciation for his faithful and dedicated service.


            Whereas, T. D. Gehret, General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Sessions, reported to this Annual Conference and has served well in this capacity, therefore be it

            Resolved, that we express our appreciation for his faithfulness to the task and that God's continued blessing be upon his life.


            Whereas, Robert W. Smock and R. C. Reichenbach have been Editor and Business Manager of FELLOWSHIP NEWS and,

            Whereas, both of these men have diligently labored in carrying out their responsibilities, therefore be it

            Resolved, that we express our appreciation for their dedicated service to this important ministry.


            Resolved, that the reports of the President of Pinebrook Junior College, the General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions, the Director of Church Extension and the Director of Pinebrook Bible Conference be in the hands of the individual assigned to type copy for the Yearbook no later than October 1 of each year. These reports shall be distributed to members of Annual Conference.


            Whereas, invitations for the Adjourned Session of Annual Conference have been received from the Lancaster and Lebanon Churches and the Lebanon Church yields to the Lancaster Church, therefore be it

            Resolved, that the Adjourned Session of the 88th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church convene at the Faith Bible Fellowship Church, Prospect and Hager Streets, Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday, March 25, 1972 at 9:00 a.m.


            Resolved, that the 89th Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church convene at Pinebrook, Stroudsburg, Pa., October 9, 1972 at 10:00 a.m.


            Resolved, that the reading of Page H, 1970 Yearbook, paragraph fifth, “seventy years " shall be changed to read "sixty five " (second reading)


            Resolved, that each pastor, shortly after the election of Conference Delegate, shall inform the Secretary of Annual Conference of the results of that election.


            Resolved, that yearbooks shall be ordered and paid for at Annual Conference.


            Resolved, that all monies which are due to conference boards and committees be forwarded to them prior to August 31 of the year of the year in which they are to be reported.


            Resolved, that the instructions on page 125 and 126 of the 1970 Yearbook be inserted in the 1971 Yearbook.

 

The following is presented for First Reading:

            Whereas, in recent years, various boards and committees have presented and Annual Conference has adopted resolutions regarding the receipt of their respective offerings, therefore be it

Resolved, that the following be come part of our Standing Rules:

1.Each church shall make an annual contribution to the Board of Christian Education at the Adjourned Session of Annual Conference.

2.Each church shall contribute to the support of Pinebrook Junior College, to be remitted to the college in twelve monthly payments.

3.All Church Extension funds shall be forwarded quarterly to the Treasurer of the Board of Church Extension.

4.Each church shall make an annual contribution to the Bible Fellowship Church Home. Checks shall be made payable to the Bible Fellowship Church Home and submitted by April 1 of each year.

5.Each church shall make an annual contribution to Victory Valley Camp. Checks shall be made payable to Victory Valley Camp and sent to the Financial Secretary of the Board of Victory Valley before March 1 of each year.

6.All foreign missions funds shall be forwarded quarterly to the General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions.

 

Resolved, that we extend the time.


            Resolved, that we adjourn. Adjourned at 12:25 p.m. with prayer by Clayton Dietz.


Fourteenth Meeting

Friday Afternoon, October 15, 1971

Donald R. Knauer led in prayer.

 

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.

 

The following were elected:

            HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: Bright N. Heist


            BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PINEBROOK JUNIOR COLLEGE (2 years) John H. Herb (As a replacement for Keith E. Plows, who resigned from the Board)


            Resolved, that all material in our Faith and Order By-Laws, Standing Rules or in Minutes of Annual Conference relating to Pulpit Supply, except the material approved on second reading at up

the 88th Annual Conference be, and hereby is removed from our church law.


            Resolved, that the Committee to Publish the Yearbook (1971) publish 1000 copies of the newly adopted Pulpit Supply System for use by the Ministerial Relations Committee. The cost of this publication shall be provided from the funds of the Committee on Publication and Printing.


            Whereas, the present rate of eight (8) cents per mile does not cover traveling costs, and

            Whereas, a higher figure was approved last year for first reading, therefore be it

            Resolved, that the traveling expenses for official conference be ten (10 c) cents per mile, effective October 15, 1971, and be it further

Resolved, that we vote by rule of exception.


            Resolved, that the term of office for those elected and appointed by this body shall be for the term designated by our Rules for that office or until successors are chosen.


REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS: (See report, page 113)

The report was accepted.


REPORT OF THE COMBINED COMMITTEE TO STUDY PUBLICATIONS:

The following report was adopted - First Reading


BOARD OF PUBLICATION AND PRINTING

            The Board of Publication and Printing shall be composed of three ministers and two laymen elected annually by ballot by the Annual Conference. The Business Manager of the FELLOWSHIP NEWS shall be a member by virtue of his office.


            DUTIES - 1. The Board of Publication and Printing shall be responsible to publish:

                        a.         The Annual Conference Year Book

                        b.         FELLOWSHIP NEWS

                        c.         Other Conference Literature

            2.         It shall provide Conference related materials:

                        a.         Local Church and Sunday School supplies

                        b.         Stationery, etc, used by the Annual Conference Secretariat

            3.         It shall determine amount and pay the honorariums of:

                        a.         Editorial Staff of FELLOWSHIP NEWS

                        b.         Business Manager of FELLOWSHIP NEWS

            4.         It shall receive the following funds:

                        a.         Revenue from FELLOWSHIP NEWS subscriptions

b.Revenue from Boards contributing to the publication of FELLOWSHIP NEWS

c.Revenue from sale of Annual Conference Year Books or any other Conference literature authorized to be produced and sold by Annual Conference.

                        d.         Appropriation from Administrative Budget

5.The Business Manager shall deposit all funds in a bank or trust company approved by the Board of Publication and Printing to be disbursed at the direction of the Board.

            6.         It shall investigate possible areas of expansion in the field of literature and printing.

7.It shall present a written report to the Annual Conference and also a prospective budget for the ensuing year.


* * * * * *


            Upon the adoption of the above at SECOND READING, we recommend the following deletions:

1970 Year Book, p. B (under Standing Boards & Committees):

                        1.         Committee on Publication and Printing

                        2.         Committee to Publish Year Book

                        3.         Committee to Publish FELLOWSHIP NEWS

            1970 Year Book, p. D (Under Year Books):

                        1.         "and Publisher"

1970 Year Book, p. D (Under Boards and Committees):

1.Once in each of the first two paragraphs: "Committee on Publication and Printing"

1970 Year Book, p. G

                        1.         Complete section "Publication and Printing"

            FAITH & ORDER (mimeo) p. 12 (Committees to be Appointed):

                        1.         Committee on Publication and Printing

            FAITH & ORDER (mimeo) pp. 23 and 24

1.Complete section relative to Committee on Publication and Printing.


(Robert W. Smock, Chairman; Willard E. Cassel, Secretary; John Dunn, R. C. Reichenbach, Paul T. Rutman, David E. Thomann, Com.)

 

Recessed at 3:02 p.m. Reconvened at 4:03 p.m.


            Resolved, that we hold a special adjourned session on Saturday, January , 1972 (Alternate date, Saturday, January 29, 1972) at 9:00 a.m. at the Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church to consider the Government Committee's report for Second Reading.


            Resolved, that we suspend the rules and adjourn to meet at 5:45 p.m.


Fifteenth Meeting

Friday Evening, October 15, 1971

            The meeting was opened at 5:45 p.m. with singing and prayer by Donald T. Kirkwood.

 

The minutes were read and approved as corrected.


Eligibility List as requested by the New Pulpit Supply System:

            Bean, E. W.                                                    Koch, James G.

            Beil, James A.                                                Mahurin, Ronald C.

            Branning, David L.                                         Minnig, Robert A.

            Brosius, Bert N.                                              Mull, William W.

            Byrd, Terris                                                    Overpeck, Leon K.

            Cassel, Willard E.                                           Phillips, D. Thomas

            Dunn, John                                                     Plows, Keith E

            Ellingson, Bruce                                             Reichenbach, R. C.

            Frable, Arthur H.                                            Riggall, John H.

 

            Fritz, Harvey J. Jr.                                          Seifert, A. L.

            Hartman, Jansen E.                                         Shelly, Austin G.

            Hartman, W. W.                                             Smock, Robert W.

            Heffner, William A.                                       Spackman, Carl K.

            Heller, LeRoy S.                                             Thomann, David E.

            Herb, Frank L., Jr.                                          Weaber, Harold C.

            Herb, George E.                                              Wilcox, LeRoy C.

            Herb, John H.                                                 Yoder, Keith L.

            Johnson, Robert F.                                          Ziegler, Daniel G.

            Kirkwood, C. E.                                             Zimmerman, Paul G.

            Knauer, Donald R.

 

Recessed at 6:20 p.m. Reconvened at 6:55 p.m.


REPORT OF THE STATIONING COMMITTEE (See report, page 115)

            The report was accepted.


            Resolved, that permission be granted to the Pinebrook Conference Board to make the Conference Director a full-time Director. (Yes 44; No 3 1)

 

Resolved, that we adjourn.

 

Adjourned at 7:44 p.m. with prayer by Jansen E. Hartman.