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company of those that published it. Ps. and
the fear of the LORD. Ps. 34:11.
Headquarters and Outreach
JOSEPH ERNEST MCAFEE.
HE Board has headquarters in New Every presbytery and every synod is mov
York, but it is not confined to one ing toward a more compact and effective or
locality. The expression frequently ganization as a home mission agency. The used, "the New York Board,” to distinguish Board accepts responsibility for promoting it from other agencies of the home mission this movement in every proper way. Upon it enterprise, is very unfortunate. It is a na- depends the larger life of the home mission tional agency of a national Church,—albeit the enterprise. designation is employed in the true American The Board aims to express itself in all of sense and involves no civil embarrassments. these agencies, not alone through its localized The Board ought and aims to suffuse the activities. whole life of the Church
On the field the Board through its activities and
has under commission four the spirit it embodies.
field secretaries, representHeadquarters are in New
ing headquarters in as many York because headquarters
different centers and covermust be somewhere, and
ing as many large districts. New York is the best place
At headquarters the offor them.
fices located in the There is a growing sense
building here shown. Jointof solidarity among all the
ly with the Foreign Board, churches and presbyteries
the Home Board and synods of the Presby
valuable property terian communion, which
located on the corner of involves also a growing
Twentieth Street and Fifth sense of oneness with all
Avenue. The Home Board branches of the Christian
offices occupy all of the Church in the country and
seventh floor and parts of throughout the world. This
the fifth, sixth, tenth and sentiment comes to
eleventh. Portions of the pression most vitally in the
buildings not occupied by Church's home mission
the two Boards mentioned work. New and notable
are a considerable and dimovements
rect source of income. looking to the nation-wide expression of this The Home Board is now in its roth year, sentiment. The Board has accepted the com- renewing its life with each generation in mission of the Church for active and leading adaptation to the new problems emerging with cooperation in these movements.
each new era in the Church's progress.
"Here is the objective therefore to which a worthy program of evangelization commits us, this: the transformation of human life after the pattern of the Christ life, the reconstruction of our society after the constitution of the kingdom of heaven as Christ conceived it, the capture for righteousness and God of
every force and process of our civilization, economic, social, political, commercial, industrial, communal, national, international. To attempt less is to cheapen our task till it is unworthy of a serious evangel. We cannot attempt more.”—From "World Missions from The Home Base," by J. E. McAfee.
From the Arctic to the Tropics
BY THE REV. CHARLES L. THOMPSON, D.D., LL.D.
MERICA is the
land of con
trasts, physical, intellectual, moral. It is a far cry from ice drifts to drifts of palms and flowers. But in both the same kind of missionary work must be done; in both it is going forth to seek and to
the lost. Each has its peculiar difficulties. In Alaska it
is a struggle with nature. Rev. Charles L.
Our frontier missionarThompson, D.D.
ies who are seeking the shut-in miners are on no junketing expedition. Pastoral calling at forty below zero is rigorous work anywhere: doubly so when a dog-sled is the conveyance, boundless fields of ice and snow the roadway, and the smoke of a miner's half snow-buried cabin the end of the perilous journey. But, oh! the blessedness of bringing a blessing to such loneliness, discouragement, soul-hunger. Only an unusual love for souls could inspire such service!
But one need not go to Alaska to find men lost in the wilderness. In the far northwest there are wildernesses of forest in which the lumbermen are often lost in the woods in a double sense. Fierce temptations, hard work, the perilous reaction from it in dissipation,these constitute the lot of the lumberjack and the chance of the sky pilot. The discovery of these men of the forest by a missionary endeavor, and the ofttime blessed results of the discovery, are a new and glorious chapter in home mission history.
But deserts furnish equal opportunity. The reclamation service of the Government has given us a new view of what may come out of them. A whole civilization has blossomed across American deserts in the last generation. The reclamation service of the gospel has recovered them from moral sterility and made them blossom like the garden of the Lord. Thirty thousand churches have in half a century been built between the Mississippi and the mountains; humble temples of the Lord
and with no architecture-only shelter for God's scattered flock. But consider whereunto they may grow. Scores of churches in scores of western capitals have become fountains of blessing to entire states and vindicated the reproductive power of missionary labors. What a harvest in a few decades is represented by the development of the states of the plains! Three hundred forty Presbyterian churches have been planted in the State of Kansas alone; every one of them has received aid from the Board of Home Missions; all but one of them have been planted by that Board.
The last decade has marked new advances. Providence has opened doors whose existence we had scarce suspected and home missions was invited to march across seas. The rise into prominence of the islands of the Caribbean is one of the marked signs of the last decade. Those who look forward to what will come after the opening of the Panama Canal predict even greater advance in the islands which are rocked like sleeping lilies on the waters of the placid seas. They are awaking to intellectual and religious life. They are rejoicing in the shadowing arms of the great Republic and are longing for the greater opportunity which the word Americanism spells. Twelve years ago there was not a building erected for school purposes in all Porto Rico. There are a thousand today. There are hundreds of Protestant churches lifting the people to a new life. There is an awakening moral consciousness among the people. A dozen years ago there was only one road in Porto Rico and that from San Juan to Ponce, —and it was for purposes of war alone; it was the road built for the tread of armies. Now peaceful roads for commerce-palm bordered—abound on every hand. Christian work in these islands does not encounter the rigors of an Alaskan climate, but it meets the almost equal rigor of an enervating climate, of enervated people even, ignorant, thriftless, and by centuries taught to be indifferent to the dignity of labor and the supreme value of character. But a new day is dawning which will light up not only the hills of Cuba and Porto Rico, but the entire semi-circle of the Caribbean islands.
To place the religious emphasis upon social service, and the social emphasis upon religious work. To increase the efficiency of the Church through standardized programs which may be introduced in communities of a common type. To bring about a more cordial relationship between the Church and Labor.
The Board in General Social Service
UILDING upon considerable interest. We are here working
the foundation out for the entire Church one of the most
of the Depart- perplexing problems of the modern Church. ment of Church and And this kind of service has been characterLabor, which had be- istic of the Department of Church and Labor
the model for since its organization. It has always been similar work in practic
a “Bureau of Social Service" in the best sense. ally every denomination When the combined Protestant Churches in America and in sev
of Greater New York, of Chicago, of eral European countries,
Rochester, of Buffalo and of Newark dethe Board of Home sired to carry on shop campaigns at the Missions has establish- noon hour during periods of ten days each, ed its Bureau of Social they turned to our Department for the Service. None of the organization and supervision of the movement.
features of the old When the city missionary societies and the Rev. Charles Stelzle. department have in
churches of Cleveland desired a comprehenany sense been sacrificed. The work among
sive sociological and religious investigation workingmen in shops and factories is to
of their city, they came to us for leadership. be continued. The approach to the organ
In several other cities our Bureau furnished ized workers through their conventions and
for all the churches the program for an upparticularly through their over 300 journals
to-date campaign in city work. The Buwill be pushed with vigor. Other phases
reau supplied the Executive Secretary of the of work such as the Correspondence Course
Social Service Commission of the Federal in Applied Christianity, the holding of in
Council of the Churches of Christ during the stitutes and conferences on practical church
first year of its existence, and its superintenproblems, and the study of local fields with
dent is now a member of the Executive Coma view of making recommendations for more
mittee of the National Civic Federation, repaggressive work will be even more fully de
resenting the Protestant churches of the veloped. Special emphasis is this year being
United States. placed upon the problems of the city. In
Two years ago the Department organized the Labor Temple in lower New York, the
the Publicity Campaign for the Home Missions Board is working out the principles which
Council, and just now the superintendent of
the Bureau is the Dean of the Social Service have long been advocated by the Department.
Department of the Men and Religion Forward The success which has thus far attended the
Movement, working out the policy and the efforts made in this difficult field demonstrates
program of the movement in its social aspects, that the masses in our cities can be reached
and selecting all the speakers on the social if the old gospel is adapted to modern con
message. All this will indicate that the Board's ditions, and if it is given to them in the
Bureau of Social Service has a conspicuous language of the man on the street. The time
place in the work of the whole Church. It and energy expended in this center have
is the privilege of the Presbyterian Church to been justified to the last degree in the splen- furnish the leadership in some of the most did response of the people living in the com
important modern movements in the Church, munity. Other cities and other denomina- and the Home Board is making its contributions have been watching our experiment with tion towards the leadership.