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Church A Survey of the Practical Activities of the Churchmens Clubs and Brotherhoods By WILLIAM B. PATTERSON Editor of Methodist Men Member American Institute of Social Service Former General Secretary The Methodist Brotherhood NEW YORK CHICAGO TORONTO Fleming H. Revell Company LONDON AND EDINBURGH To Those Virile, Stalwart, Consecrated, Christian Men, The Secretaries of All of the Church Brotherhoods, Who Have the Clear-Eyed Vision of Heroic, Manly and Opportune Service in the Cause of Christ and of His Church And To All Those Noble Men of Other Faith, Who are Laboring Zealously and Indefatigably for the Establishment and Development of the Kingdom of God Among the Men of This Day and Generation This Volume is Affectionately Dedicated By Their Co-Worker, The Author CHRONOLOGY OF THE BROTHERHOODS i833 Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Roman Catholic. 1883 Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Protestant Episcopal. 1888 Brotherhood of Andrew and Philip. Interdenomina tional. 1890 Wesley Brotherhood. Methodist Episcopal. 1896 Brotherhood of St. Paul. Methodist Episcopal. 1905 Mens League. United Presbyterian. 1906 Presbyterian Brotherhood. 1907 Baptist Brotherhood. f 1908 Methodist Brotherhood. 1908 Congregational Brotherhood. 1908 League of Universalist Laymen. 1908 Brotherhood of Disciples of Christ. 1908 Brotherhood of Southern Presbyterian Church. 1909 Lutheran Brotherhood. 1909 Otterbein Brotherhood. United Brethren. 1909 League of Unitarian Laymen. 1874 Young Mens Hebrew Association Movement. First organized in the United States in 1846. t Consolidation of the Wesley and St. Paul Brotherhoods. INTRODUCTION THE Brotherhood Movement In the modern church is too young to warrant a history. Thewriter of this book disclaims the historians intent. But a record of events and a survey of the fast broadening field are timely and pertinent. These will be found within these pages prepared with painstaking care, and presented in form and style worthy of their high import. Only a trained mind can collate contemporary facts with accuracy and fulness. No mere novice is equal to the task of photographing without blur a movement while it is still moving. Mr. Patterson has the powers of observation of an experienced journalist. For a long period his critical study of the church was from a viewpoint outside it that of the man of the world. Now for many glad years he has given himself with devotion to constructive service as Secretary of the Brotherhood of one of the large denominations. He brings to his task an ample equipment. Zeal in a new enterprise is not unlikely to dull re membrance of past achievement. The striking re sponse which everywhere the Christian conscience is giving to the appeal of social and industrial need may easily obscure for the time the mighty movements for human welfare in earlier crises. The devotion of men, in individual and associated service to the Kingdom and the King, is no device or discovery of the twen-5 6 INTRODUCTION tieth century. It adds to the force of the statement and discussion in this book to remember that in fact and in the authors own view the Brotherhood Movement is but the new experience in a new age of the heart purpose of the Church of Christ which has, since Pen tecost, sought ever the best ways of human service and, in the main, has not failed to find them. The recognition of the spirit of the Mens Movement as one with the essentialprinciples of the church from the beginning, underlies the authors view of its mis sion. Without apology or equivocation he holds to that conception of the churchs place in the world which involves the widest social ministry, but with equal conviction he pleads for that individual con secration which alone can supply the vital forces for any social program. He shows no drift away from a true evangelism, but in the Brotherhood Movement he finds channels and agencies by which it becomes effective through fresh methods in a new and extended field...
Modern Church Brotherhoods - A Survey of the Practical Activities of the Churchmen's Clubs and Brotherhoods
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