[We are glad to publish the following article, which was prepared by a member of the Board of Lectureship. The lecture work is of importance and it is necessary that it should be carried on with the greatest possible economy of the lecturers' time. We commend to the consideration of the branch churches these suggestions in the interest of orderly methods, which will increase the efficiency of this important branch of our denominational work.—Editor.]

Christian Science makes progress in a community first by the demonstration of healing. Those who have been healed usually assemble for regular services, and after increasing in numbers may form a society, and have notice of their services in the Journal. When continued proof of healing is given by the members of the society, their influence in the community increases, and so new members are added and additional workers trained. After a good proportion of the members in a society have become members of The Mother Church, and when there is ample membership to provide for rotation in office and sufficient liberality developed to sustain the additional duties, then the society may become organized as a branch church.

Under the By-laws of the Manual, each branch church must provide for the welfare of the community in two ways: first, by having a Reading Room (Article XXXVIII., Section 1); and second, by arranging for one or more annual public lectures (Article XXXV., Section 4). A lecturer is permitted to lecture for a society, if called upon; but only the churches are required to make provision for regular public lectures.

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June 29, 1907

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