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O PEAKING of 'the kind of a preacher a O church needs, in order that it may do its best work, a writer in the Horailetic Monthly says he should be "a young man with good schooling, practical experience, and initiative." Is not this just the mistake that so many churches make? And are not these qualifica // ftons rarely, if ever, found in the same man? I A man may be young and have a good educa tion. But he has not had the opportunity to 1^-' gain experience, and without experience ? > enough to know the work that a church ought 1 to do and can do, it could scarcely be expected * of him that he could initiate plans and methods that would work out satisfactorily. No busi ness concern would take an inexperienced young man just from school and put him in charge of a complicated business. A man of experience who through years of labor had worked himself up, and shown his ability, would be selected. The business men in a eliurch often do not show this worldly wisdom in choosing a pastor. Instead of that a young man just out of the seminary is called to take charge of a large church. A farmer would not expect a colt just broken to harness to do the work of a hprse that had been pulling the plow for years. The work of the pastorate in a large church is too heavy in many of the de partments for unhardened muscles of mind and body of the young preacher. In dealing with the various elements of the congregation and the difficult problems that are coming up continually, the pastor needs wisdom that comes only from the experience of years. The business men of the church often fail to take hold of the plans proposed by the preacher because they do not appeal to them as being practical. They say of them either the work of the church is not worth their taking in ear nest, or else that they cannot follow the lead of the preacher, as he is not practical. They do not stop to ask why his plans are not prac tical, or to see that the lack of experience in * him is the real trouble. In this way both the young preacher and the church suffer loss, from which it will take a long time to recover. + + + ^ ' T) ILLS are disagreeable things to deal with. v They are disagreeable to those who have to send them out as well as to those who receive lliem. There was a time in the past, we are told, when men kept account of their indebt edness and settled their accounts when they were due. Now almost every one waits until a bill is presented, and, indeed, many wait until many bills are presented for the same account. It would be so much better if every one, as far as possible, should pay his accounts as soon as? they are due. Many of our subscribers watch the labels on their papers, which tell them when their- -subscriptions are due, and send in their payments at once. There are others ?a Kfl oonf oyi.^1 motef to be sent. Some profess to be aggrieved when bills are sent, saying that it shows a lack of faith in them on our part when we send them "duns." This is said even by some whose ac counts are long over due. If each one of our subscribers would pay up promptly, so that we would not. have to send out bills, it would lighten our labor, gladden our hearts, and make publishers and readers all feel much bet ter. in these days when the price of paper and other expenses have about doubled we need to economize in outlay just as much as pos sible. We hope that our subscribers will co operate with us in this matter. If for any rea son it is not convenient for a subscriber to pay his subscription when due, we are entirely will ing to wait on him. But we would like for him to write to us about it, so that we may know the conditions and not press one whom we are entirely willing to accommodate. + + + & draper Jfor ?f)e iHseb Oh, Thou, whose years fail not, Remember Thou the frail. The sins we pray Thee blot Of those whom years assail. sRemomber then the old, Their steps have feeble grown. They cannot now but fold The hands which once have sown. Stretch out Thy helping hand, Reach down to them, we p<ay; Twilight is o'er the land, Hold them until 'tis day. And when the darkness falla, Still deeper is their need, Hear Thou their low-voiced calls, And gently give them heed. And if, dear Lord, some wait Until life's pleasures wane. Before they seek the gate, Which leads to greatest gain; Then pity thou their case, Forgiveness suits thy love. Show thy benignant face, Lead them to joys above. Lydia L. Rouse, in The Christian Intelligencer. + + + GOING to church is commendable under most circumstances. But there are some . conditions under which we doubt whether it is an acceptable service to God. Much has been said in the papers during the last year or so about the Stonemen, an organization of members of the churches of Philadelphia. So rapidly has it grown that it is said to number 150,000 members. Its object is to cultivate the Christian life and to spread the gospel. If the reports in the daily press are to be ac cepted, on a recent Sunday 10,000 of these members, at a cost of $28,000 went from Phil delphia to New York to attend church in that city. We suppose the real object of the trip was to advance the interests of their organiza tion by impressing upon others the greatness of their numbers. We are wondering if this service of going to church under such circum stances was "acceptable, well-pleasing to God." They could have attended their own churches, where they were needed. The quiet, restful spirit of true worship must have been lacking on such a trip. Many men were deprived of their Sunday rest in order to take these men from one city to the other and to serve them in many other ways. It must have taken at least ten railroad trains to have carried the Sionemen. "The Sabbath is to.be sanctified by a holy resting all that day." And this ap plies not only to our own actions, but to what we require of others. But someone may say those men went to New York to go to church. It is never right to do evil that good may come. + + + OVER-CHURCHED communities, as they are called, occupy a great deal of the thought of some very good people. Such a community would be a small village in which three or four small churches are found. Neither one is strong enough to have a pastor for all of his time. The membership is small, and if a church had only its own people to attend its services, the congregation would be very small. If all the churches were combined in to one, this church would have a good pastor for all of his time. It could have a better building, and larger congregations, and money would be saved in the running expenses. This is the argument used by those who are daft on the subject of church union. There are not many communities of this kind, and where they are found conditions are not usually half so bad as they appear to outsiders. These churches generally get on together as com fortably as can be imagined. They usually arrange so as not to have their services on the same day. Practically all of the congrega tions attend each service, no matter in which church it is held. Besides the community has exerted upon it the influence of all of the preachers, if for only a part of their time. The advocates of consolidation would be like ly to find just as many reasons for combining the churches in the cities as in the villages. It should not be forgotten that the member of the small church is just as loyal and loves his church just as does the member of the large church. It is disheartening and dis couraging to these little churches to have outsiders finding fault with them for their very existence. Their members have the same rights as those of the large churches. Their principles are just as dear, and often times they are as willing to make sacrifices as are any members of the Church. If the advocates of union would spend more time trying to find some way to help and encourage these little churches, and would prove more fully their loyalty to the Church to which they belong, a great deal more good would be accomplished by the churches, small and great. g?