The Twin Presbyterian Conventions?rLaymen and
Auxiliary, Atlanta, June 10-1 1
T"WO great conventions were held last week
in Atlanta, composed of representatives
from every Synod in our Assembly. Earnest
Christian men and women were there from
Virginia and West Virginia, from Kentucky
and Tennessee, from Missouri and Arkansas,
from Oklahoma and Texas, from Louisiana and
Florida, and from all the nearby States. There
were nearly two thousand of them.
? The two contentions were held in separate
churches, located not far from each other. The
men met in the Wesley Memorial Methodist
church and the women in the Baptist Taber
nacle. At night joint sessions were held in
the tabernacle. Many of the speakers who ad
dressed the men's convention also spoke to the
In calling the men's cbnvention to order Mr.
Charles A. Rowland, the chairman of the Lay
men's Movement, said : "If I can read the signs
of the times, this sixth biennial convention will
be the most significant and far-reaching conven
tion we have had."
Each session was presided over by a layman
selected for that purpose. Thepe presiding of
ficers were: Dr. J. P. McCallie, of Chatta
nooga, Tenn. ; Captain P. L. Slaymaker, of
Athens, Ga. ; Mr. John J/Eagan, of Atlanta,
Ga. ; Mr. A. D. Mason, of Memphis, Tenn. ; Mr.
V. O. Alexander, of Little Rock, Ark.; Mr.
George W. Watts, of Durham, N. C.
No _ convention that the laymen have ever
held covered as wide a scope of subjects treat
ed as did this jpne. Many and excellent were
the formal addresses, and unusual opportuni
ties were given for the expressions of views
and opinions on the part of many members of
the convention. We can only give a few points
from some of the more important addresses.
Rev. J. L&yton Mauze, D. D.
The opening address was made by Dr. Mauze,
of Huntington, W. Va. His subject was,
"America's Opportunity, A Challenge." Among
other things he said the great world war has
brought the Church into unusual prominence
and the Christian religion into great responsi
bility. All forward-looking men have their
pyes turned to the Church and Christianity as
the hope of the world. The world is looking
to America and America is equal to meeting
the eall. To do this America must evangelize
America. She must do this for her own sake,
and she should evangelize the immigrants in
order that they may be missionaries of the
gospel when they return to their own lands.
He made a ringing call for the evangelization
of this country in order that it may be a lever
to lift this wide, wide world to God.
Rev. T. H. Rice, D. D.
"Leadership of the Holy Spirit in the Work
of the Church'*' was the subject upon which
Dr. Rice, of Union Theological Seminary,
spoke. He said that the Holy Spirit leads the
Church through the word of God. He called
upon all to accept the infallibility of the Scrip
tures, which give the only rule -of faith and
practice and of guidance for the life' of the
individual Christian and for the work of the
Church. He made an earnest plea for the
Christian's absolute dependence upon the cross
of Christ for salvation, and then for a holy
and a separated life. The Christian and the
Church must be separate from the world, and
there will be this separation, if they follow
the leading of the Holy Spirit. And if there
is this separation in life and character the work
of the Lord will be done.
Mr. Karl Lehmann.
Mr. Lehmann is Southern States Secretary
of Christian Endeavor. He spoke of the value
of the Christian Endeavor Society to the
Church in training the young people in their
Christian life and character, and in fitting them
for work in the Church. He j?ave interesting
accounts of the way the Endeavor movement
is growing and is helping the young people
and the Church. ? It has been the means of
leading many, young men and young women to
enter actively into the mission work of the
Church at home and abroad. The Christian
Endeavor's plan in its work is to have a defi
nite job for every one. It combats evil by
giving the young people something better to
do. This may be in athletics and socials to
take the place of sinful amusements. But the
object is especially to get them interested in
Christian work. It is resulting in Strengthen
ing the local Church. It is helping to make
America Christian, and to win the world for
Christ* It is changing the attitude of the
young people towards the Church, for it is
making them feel that the Church does not
frown upon social life and social pleasures. It
is producing candidates for the ministry. It
is making active workers for Christ. It is
training young people for many forms of ser
vice for God.
Dr. Marion McH. Hull and Dr. J. P. McCallie.
These two Sunday school superintendents
spoke on the subject, "A Sunday School Fac
ing the Whole Task of the .Church," giving
personal experiences of successful superinten
dents. Dr. Hull is the superintendent of a
very large school in Atlanta. He said that one
of the most important things to make a school
successful is to put a definite responsibility
upon every one and to liold each one to a defi
nite accountability for the task assigned. The
pastor and superintendent ought to act to
gether in harmony in the work of the Sunday
school. An effective organization is necessary.
Proficiency in work is to be secured through
instruction. One of the things that has been
of inestimable value in his school has been the
meeting of some of the men connected with it
every Saturday afternoon. They meet to pray
over the problems of the sfehool.
Dr. McCallie is superintendent of a1 small
Sunday school in Chattanooga, Tenn. lie re
ports that it is eustomary to. have more people
in attendance upon the school than there are
members on the roll. The plan adopted in his
church is to have the preaching at- 10 o'clock
and to go right on from the preaching to the
teaching service without any break. The re
sult is that the parents bring their children to
the preaching service and then stay to the Sun
day. school service. By instruction and the use
of Duplex envelopes the whole work of the
Church is kept before the school.
Rev. H. H. Sweets, D. D.
Dr. Sweets, the Secretary of Christian Edu
cation, spoke on "The Ministry and Christian
Service and Their Appeal in This Hour." lie
said that one of the great problems before the
Church is to secure a sufficient number of min
isters. A large number of candidates, as well
as eleven ministers and licentiates, gave their
lives in defense of righteousness in the late
war. For this cause we ought to pray as .
though everything depended upon God and
work as though everything depended upon us.
Personal work ought to be done by all Chris
tians in order to lead young men into the min
istry. The ministry needs to be supported.
They need the prayers of God's people. Min
isters also need to be paid. Some one said that
he thought preachers worked for souls. The
reply to the speaker given by a fellow church
member was: "They cannot feed on soufc,
and, if they could, a hundred souls like yours
would not furnish our pastor one square meal."
Dr. Sweets said that one-seventh of all the
candidates for the ministry are sons of preach
ers, although they form a very small propor
tion of the Church population. Ministers ought
not to be expected to make all the sacrifice.
The Church, if necessary, should make sacri
fice to pay the minister a living salary. In the
ministry the Church wants men who know the
Bible to go out and teach its principles, so
that the world may be saved. The Church has
many men who are doing that, notwithstanding
the sacrifice necessary to do it. Dr. Morrison,
who gave his life in the work in Africa, said a
short time before his death that he would not
willingly have spent his life in any other way
for all the world.
Mr. Robert C. McQuillan.
Mr. McQuilkin is one of the editors of the
Sunday School Times of Philadelphia. He
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