The Church Manual (Church of the Brethren)
The Declaration of Faith, Rules of
Order, how to conduct Religious Meetings, Etc.
By Eld. H. B. BRUMBAUGH.
"Let all things be done decently and in order"
I Cor. 14:40.
THE BRETHREN'S PUBLISHING HOUSE
This little work that we now present to the Brotherhood has grown out of an often-repeated want, on the part of many, for some kind of a form or guide for the proper performance of the many duties that are incumbent upon the members of the Christian Church. To meet all these wants in a small volume that would be low in price, convenient to carry, and ever ready for reference, has been our study for several years.
Since in the publishing business, we have had numbers of calls for forms for baptism, installations, ordinations, marriages, burials, how to organize Sunday-schools, etc., etc. As a result of these many inquiries we now offer this small volume. In its compilation we give the forms as sanctioned by our Annual Conference upon all the subjects upon which it has given expression, and on others, such forms as have been accepted by common consent, and seemed to be most in harmony with the faith and practice of the church.
The whole work has been submitted to the careful supervision of Eld. James Quinter, whose knowledge of the faith, practice, and general order of the church, is sufficiently complete to make him a safe counsellor.
Hoping that the work will tend to a greater unanimity of order and practice throughout the Brotherhood, and that it may receive the patronage of the church, we now send it forth, praying God's blessing on every effort made to promote the cause of religion in the world.