Orderly Methods Needed

ONE of the duties imposed upon The Christian Science Publishing Society is that of passing upon the eligibility of the churches and societies which seek to have their services announced in the official organ of the denomination and thus become identified as component parts of The Church of Christ, Scientist. The individuals who have this duty to perform have frequently found themselves seriously hampered in their work by reason of the loose methods and lack of proper organization which prevail in some of the smaller churches and societies. Some of these small congregations are practically unorganized, others have very crude and imperfect forms of organization, and frequently the task of deciding upon the legitimacy of their claims to official recognition is quite difficult. In some places a person simply "takes charge;" there is no election of Readers, no provision for admitting eligible persons to membership, no list of members, and no definite arrangements regarding finances, all of which omissions and irregularities usually contribute to a state of discontent that is harmful to our Cause, that stunts its legitimate growth.

We believe that every little band of workers who come together and hold services, hopes that it may prove to be the nucleus of a large and flourishing church, and in the majority of cases this hope is eventually realized. It is, therefore, the part of wisdom to lay a foundation which will support a progressive and growing organization. This does not mean, "when two or three are gathered together in His name," that they should form an organization upon lines suitable to the needs of a church with several hundred members; but whatever the form of the organization, it should be definite, and with such rules as will lend to the orderly transaction of business, permit of the growth of the society, and safeguard the rights of the individual members. If each step be taken rightly at first, much friction and misunderstanding will be prevented. In many places where confusion prevails it is simply because of a lack of knowledge.

"Treasure in the heavens."
August 5, 1905

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