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prosecuting it further. But if the people be nearly, or entirely, unanimous; or if the majori ty shall infift upon their right to call a minister; then in that cafe, the minifter, after using his utmoft endeavours to persuade the congregation to unanimity, shall proceed to draw a call in due form, and to have it subscribed by the electors; certifying, at the same time, the number and circumstances of those who do not concur in the call : All which proceedings shall be laid before the presbytery, together with the call.
The call shall be in the following, or like form, viz.
The Congregation of The Form being, on sufficient grounds, well fatis.of a call. fied of the ministerial qualifications
and having good hopes from our past experience of your labours, that your miniftrations in the gospel will be profitable to our spiritual interests, do earnestly call and desire you, to undertake the pastoral office in said congregation ; promising you, in the discharge of your duty, all proper fupport, encou: Tagement, and obedience, in the Lord: And that you may be free from worldly cares and ayo-. cations, we hereby promise and oblige ourselves. to pay to you, the sum of
in regular* payments, during the time
* This blank to be filled up with the words, quarterly, hall: vearly, or yearly, as may best suit the congregation,
of your being, and continuing the regular pastor of this church. In testimony whereof, we have respectively subscribed our names, this
A.D. Attested by A. B. Moderator of the meeting. Sect. V. But if any congregation shall choose A call may, in
to subscribe their call, by their elders certain cases, be and deacons, or truitees, or commit. fubfcribed by El ders or Deacons. tee, or either, they shall be at liberty
"so to do; but it shall, in such case, be fully certified to the presbytery, by the minister, or other person who presided, that they have been appointed, for this purpose, by a public vote of the congregation; and that the call has been, in all other respects, prepared as above directed.
Sect. VI. When a call shall be presented to A Call fufficient any minister or candidate, it thall both for Ordina- always be viewed as a sufficient petition and Instal- tion from the people for his instal.
ment. The acceptance of a call, by a minister or candidate, shall always be considered as a request, on his part, to be installed at the same time. And when a candidate shall be ordained, in consequence of a call from any congregation, the presbytery thall always, at the same time, ordain and install him pastor of that congregation.
How to pro
Sect. VII. The call, thus prepared, shall be The Call mult presented to the presbytery, under
presented whose care the perfon called shall bez to the Presby- that, if the presbytery think it ex
pedient to prefent the call to him, it may be accordingly presented : And no minifter or candidate shall receive a call but through the hands of the presbytery. Sect. VIII. If the call be to the licentiate of
another presbytery, in that case the ceed when the commissioners, deputed from the Callisto the Li-congregation to profecute the call, cenriace of another Presbytery.
shall produce, to that judicatory, a
certificate from their own presby. tery, regularly attested by the moderator and clerk, that they are in order. If that presbytery present the call to their licentiate, and he be disposed to accept it, they shall then dismiss him from their jurisdiction, and require him to repair to that presbytery, into the bounds of which he is called; and there to submit himself to the usual trials preparatory to ordination. Sect. IX. Trials for ordination, especially in
a different presbytery from that in Trials for Ordination.
which the candidate was licensed,
shall confift of a careful examination as to his acquaintance with experimental religion; as to his knowledge of philosophy, theo. logy, ecclefiaftical history, the Greek and He
brew languages, and such other branches of learning as to the presbytery may appear requisite ;. and as to his knowledge of the constitution, the rules and principles of the government and disci. pline of the church; together with such written discourse, or discourses, founded on the word of God, as to the presbytery shall seem proper!. The presbytery, being fully satisfied with his qualifications for the sacred office, fhall appoint a day for his ordination, which ought to be, if, convenient, in that church of which he is to be the minister. It is also recommended that a fast, day be observed in the congregation previous to the day of ordination'.
Sect. X. The day appointed for ordination
being come, and the presbytery Presbytery be convened, a member of the presbytery, ing constituted previously appointed to that duty, be preached, shall preach a sermon adapted to
the occasion. The same, or another
member appointed to preside in this business, shall afterwards bricfly recite from the pulpit, in the audience of the people, the proceedings of the presbytery preparatory to this transaction : He shall point out the nature and importance of the ordinance ; and endeavour to impress the audience with a proper sense of the folemnity of the tranfaction.
b See the proofs in sedious 1, 2, 3, 4, of chapter 13. C Acts 13. 2; 3.
Then addrefling himself to the Engagements required of those candidate, he shall propose to him who are ordained
the following questions, viz. 1. Do you believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice" ?
2. Do you sincerely receive, and adopt, the confeffion of faith of this church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the holy scriptures?
3. Do you approve of the government and discipline of the presbyterian church, as prefcribed in the form of the government and discipline of the presbyterian church in these United States?
4. Do you promise subjection to your bre. thren, in the Lord" ?
5. Have you been induced, as far as you know your own heart, to feek the office of the holy ministry, from love to God, and a fincere desire to promote his glory in the gospel of his Son" ?
6. Do you promise to be zealous and faithful in maintaining the truths of the gospel, and the purity and peace of the church; whatever perfecution, or opposition, may arise unto you on that account?
d 2 Tim. 3. 16.-Eph. 2. 20. e 2 Tim. 1. 13. f See letter e. g 2 Pet. 3. 5.
1 Cor. 2. 2.2 Cor. 4. 5. i Acts 20. 17-31