Extracts from the Minutes of Conference (1765 - 1773)
The first Minister stationed at Dunbar
Extracts from Minutes of Conference 1765 – 1773
1765 – Admitted on Trial and stationed in Cornwall West.
1766 – Admitted as a Preacher and Stationed at Dunbar
Text from Minutes of Conference 1766
Q. William Ellis, have you faith in Christ ? Are you going on to perfection ? Do you expect to be perfected in love in this life ? Are you groaning after it ? Are you resolved to devote yourself wholly to God and His work ?
Do you know the Methodist doctrine? Have you read the Sermons ? The Notes on the New Testament ?
Do you know the Methodist plan ? Have you read the Plain Account ? The Appeals ?
Do you know the Rules of the Society ? Of the Bands ? Do you keep them ?
Do you take no snuff? Tobacco ? Drams ?
Do you constantly attend the church and sacrament ?
Have you read the Minutes ? Are you willing to conform to them ?
Have you considered the Twelve Rules of a Helper; especially the first, tenth, and twelfth ?
Will you keep them for conscience’ sake ?
Are you determined to employ all vour time in the work of God?
Will you preach every morning and evening ? Endeavouring not to speak too loud or too long? Not lolling with your elbows? Have you read the “Rules of Action and Utter- ance ? “
Will you meet the Society, the Bands, the Select Society, the Leaders (of Bands and Classes) in every place ?
Will you diligently and earnestly instruct the children, and visit from house to house ?
Will you recommend fasting, both by precept and example ?
The same questions were proposed to the rest severally, before they were admitted.
1767 – Stationed at Newcastle
1768 – Stationed at Haworth
1769 – Stationed at Lincolnshire East
1770 – Stationed at Lincolnshire West
1771 – Stationed at Cornwall West
1772 – Stationed at Cornwall East
1773 – Desisted from travelling
Desisted from travelling was usually due to illness or infirmity but no details were given at this early stage of the recording of minutes.