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MINISTERIAL EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITY WORK
JOSEPH WILSON COCHRAN, D.D., Secretary
A Change in the Treasurership
OR nearly forty years Mr. Jacob Wil- to the board as office manager. Mr. Ster
son has been connected with the Board rett is an active Church worker, having
of Education, and for twenty-seven taught for years a class of twenty boys in years has handled every penny of the three Northminster, and gives much of his time to million dollars of receipts. For an entire gen- Brotherhood work. He has been president of eration church treas
the Northminster, urers have been ac
Brotherhood and is customed to write
now vice-president the name of Jacob
for Boys' Work of Wilson in address
the Allied Northing remittances to
minister Men's Orthis board. Faith
ganizations. He is fulness and pains
a fluent speaker and taking efficiency
able writer, and has have characterized
represented the the administration
board on several of the retiring treas
public occasions. He urer.
has a talented famFor two years El
ily, his only son, der Wilson has had
Harold, having won the assistance of
distinguished honor another elder, Mr.
in high school. Edward R. Sterrett,
The board has of North minster
enjoyed a nine per Church, Philadel
cent. increase in phia. He now be
church contributions comes treasurer
the past year, comwith a full work
ing to the Assembly ing knowledge of
with the best finan. the board's opera
cial record in its tions.
history. Receipts Mr. Sterrett
from churches agcomes of Covenant
gregate $71,489.63, er stock, his father,
and total receipts the Rev. Dr. WilEdward R. Sterrett.
for the year 1911-12 liam Sterrett, having
amount to $126,204.been for fifty-five years pastor of the Second 15. Ministerial candidates aided number seven Reformed (now the Covenant Presbyterian) hundred and eighty-seven; medical mission Church of Philadelphia.
students number eleven, while thirteen uniIn 1884 Mr. Sterrett graduated with honors versity pastors have received support in whole from the Central High School, and entered or in part. upon the work of an accountant, leaving the The following members have been added to firm of the H. K. Mulford Company to come the Board during the year: Messrs. Alba B.
T has been said that the sons of minis
ters do not enter the profession of their
fathers. If this be true, it is due largely to the fact that ministers fail to magnify their calling. It is not necessary that the minister should boast about his calling, but he should consciously believe in its greatness, its sacredness, and its supreme importance. Ministers have often complained before their children of the hardships of their work until their children form a deep prejudice against the ministry as a profession. Charles Kingsley would never allow any gossip or complaining in his home or at the table. Professor Austin Phelps tells us of the impressions made upon him by his father: "He, (the father) honestly believed that the pastoral office has no superior.... To be a preacher of the gospel was a loftier honor than to be a prince of the blood royal. So pervasive was this conviction in the atmosphere of his household, that I distinctly remember my resolve, before I was four years old, that I would become a minister; not so much because the ministry was my father's guild as bepuse he had taught me nothing above that to which ambition could aspire.”
That is the kind of influence that is contagious from father to son, and that puts men into the ministry. The present ministry is the greatest recruiting force for the future ministry as well as for the future Church. There are many homes in our land where such an influence has been felt.
We shall give one or two illustrations of the power of the minister to induce his children to enter the ministry. One illustration of this power is taken from our home missionary workers. The Rev. William Sidebotham, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Lake City, Michigan, came from England in 1883, with a wife and five children. He has been in the active ministry for forty years, first as a Congregationalist and as a Presbyterian for over twenty-three years.
His three sons all became Presbyterian ministers. Richard graduated from Alma College in 1896 and from Princeton Seminary in 1899.
He spent eight years in Korea, most of the time being Secretary of the Korean Mission. He came home on furlough in 1907 and did herculean work for fifteen months as a returned missionary speaker, being twice detained by the Board because of his success in the campaign in raising men and money for Korea. He was to have returned to Korea in January, 1909. But on December 3, 1908, he was burned from head to foot with a gasoline explosion and then lived only a few hours.
His second son, Charles Wesley, graduated from Alma College in 1901 and from Princedon Seminary in 1904. He is now at Brooklyn, Michigan,-his second pastorate--where he is doing good work.
His third son, Robert, graduated from Mt. Hermon School for Boys, in 1903, from Princeton University in 1907, and from Princeton Seminary in 1909. He was well known at Princeton in 1906 and 1907 as the champion debater. Having been a student volunteer for eight years, he was anxious to go to Korea in Richard's place. Owing to weak eyes, the board's physician would not pass him, to the great grief of his parents as well as himself. He then resolved that he would go to some hard home mission field, and he is doing good work in his first pastorate at Warroad, Minn., on the borders of Manitoba.
His elder daughter, Emily, graduated from the Female Seminary at Kalamazoo in 1908, largely earning her own way and keeping at the head of her class during four years. Since 1900 she has been one of our home missionary teachers. She is now at Dorland Institute, Hot Springs, N. C., much beloved and very useful.
His younger daughter graduated from our State Normal and has become a public school teacher, being the peer of any in the family, as a useful and Christian teacher.
"How came my boys to choose the ministry? Neither father nor mother consciously said one word to them about it. We prayed-unknown to them—that they be thus led. But we abhorred the idea of their becoming ministers to please us, without a conscious call from God. We magnified our calling in the family. Never once did a child of ours hear either parent express regret on account of my being a minister. We accepted the poverty, the hardships, and the self-denial as being concomitants of our reward for doing God's work.
"My salary? It has never been more than $700 and manse. Most of the time it has been $700 and no manse. Some years it was $600
that of Rev. John B. Rendall, president of Lincoln University.
Dr. Rendall writes: "I am not much of a man for the front seat or the limelight, and I have tried to teach my boys the same idea. My father, Rev. John Rendall, was a missionary in India for forty years, and the atmosphere I breathed from childhood, was ministerial, and so I felt the burden of proof was on my side, to show sufficient reason for not hearing the urgent call to the ministry, and so I suppose it has been with my boys. The oldest, Rev. John B. Rendall, Jr., just leaving Greensburg to go to Muscatine, Iowa, united with the church under the pastorate of Rev. M. W.
now the fourth son, James Hawley Rendall, seems to follow the track of his brothers, and is finishing the middle year of Princeton Seminary. They have seen and heard more of the hopes and joys of ministerial service than of its hardships and sorrows. I know of no startling experiences. No midnight call awaking a sleeping Samuel, no midday Pauline blinding vision. To say yes, to the call and calling which their forefathers had heard, was the pathway of least resistance. To have said no, would have meant doing violence to the best elements of their being.”
Macartney, pastor of Kenwood Evangelical Church, Chicago. Rev. Clarence E Macartney, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Paterson, New Jersey.
Dr. Macartney, the father, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, in the year 1828, and died at Beaver Falls, September 22, 1911. He was educated at Washington and Jefferson College, studied theology in the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary. He was called to the pastorate of the First Miami congregation, where he remained until he was chosen professor in Geneva College. The active years of his life were spent in loving service in the ministry and in the cause of Christian education. He married Catherine Robertson, of Glasgow, Scotland, August 22, 1868. His four sons entered the ministry, and his daughter is the wife of Professor Guerard of Leland Stanford University.
One of the sons writes, “We boys were all reared in the Covenanter Church and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church when we entered the ministry. It is hard to lay the finger on just what influences led us into the ministry, but to have lived in such a home as ours was, with daily family worship and singing of the
Songs of David, mornings and evenings, and breathing the constant atmosphere of prayer and witnessing the beauties of the Christian life as exemplified in both our father and mother, and their heard and unheard prayers in our behalf, doubtless accounts for the outcome. The Sabbath afternoons were devoted to learning Bible verses and recitation of the shorter catechism, the playing of Bible games and the evening firesides presided over by my mother, who was a past master in bringing up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Moral and Religious Education
HE Board of Education of the Presby
terian Church has in all its useful his
tory been the guardian of the education of the ministry. It has been careful in seeking bright and pious young men and by counsel and encouragement and financial assistance helped them in their preparation for the ministry. One third of all the ministers in the Presbyterian Church have been aided by this board. The board in recent years has entered the university field for the purpose of caring for Presbyterian students in these institutions. The board has long felt that something ought to be done in keeping before the Church, the true aim of education and to assist the agencies at work in this particular field in insisting upon moral and religious education in our schools and colleges.
This is becoming a great problem, and leading educators are discussing the problem of the moral education of the youth, not only in America, but in most enlightened countries. The Board of Education feels that many ministers and students will be interested in knowing what is being done for the education of the youth in morals and religion. The board is, therefore, collecting a library bearing upon this problem.
Some of the books in this library are as follows:
Moral Training in the Schools, (The Palmer Co., Boston, Mass.)
D. C. Heath & Co., Boston, Mass. Education for Effciency, Dr. E. Davenport.
Psychology Applied to Education, Gabrill Compayne.
The Young Citizen, Charles F. Dale.
Vocational Education, Prof. M. Gillette. (American Book Co., N. Y.)
Social Solutions, Thomas C. Hall. (Eaton & Mains, Cincinnati, O.)
Lectures Vocational Training, Dr. George Kerechensteiner. (The Commercial Club of Chicago.)
The Religious Education Association, Chicago,
F. H. Revell Company, New York. Education in Religion and Morals, Geo. A Coe. The Unification of the Churches, D. W. Fisher.
Longmans, Green & Co., New York. Religious Education: How to Improve It, C. L. Drawbridge.
Character-forming in School, F. H. Ellis.
Moral Instruction and Training in Schools, M. E. Sadler.
How to Deal with Lads, P. Green.
Appleton & Co., New York.
Houghton, Mifflin & Co., New York.
A. S. Barnes Co., New York,
The University of Chicago Press. The School and Society, John Dewey.
Ethical Principles Underlying Education, John
Ginn & Co., Boston, Mass.
The Macmillan Co., New York.
The Development of Religion, Irving King.
The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets, Jane Addams.
The Meaning of Education, Nicholas Murray Butler.
The Making of Character, John McCunn.