9/20/2009

PHC #3: Acting like a denomination --1905-1919

Continuing with the history of The Pilgrim Holiness Church--acting more like a denomiantion.

So what do YOU think?

keith drury

10 comments:

vanilla said...

We appreciate this historical review. Looking forward to the next installment.

Summers said...

Great following you on this journey!
I especially loved this comment in your Pilgrims #1 post: The Founding of the Pilgrim Church..."They were more of a 'rag-tag' mob than an orderly denomination."
May we Wesleyan's re-claim this 'rag-tag' spirit!

Dan said...

Don't remember a word of this in "Wesleyan History and Polity." ;)

dargot said...

I found this statement especially interesting:

Pilgrims never were good at counting. Many churches kept no attendance records at all, preferring rather to ask, “How have your services been going.” They were more interested in the presence of God in their services than the presences of heads

It would be great if we could reclaim this character trait of the Pilgrims.

Schuyler Avenue Wesleyan said...

I am looking forward to the next installment as well. I still am asking "what happened?" I have family members through marriage that will not set foot into any church because of things the Pilgrims taught them when they were children and how they (the Pilgrims) took legalism to a level that was both unhealthy and terrifying.

kerry said...

Nice continuing description. Under Bible Schools, you mention "one in South Carolina, Greensboro Bible and Literary School(1903)." But of course, this was in North Carolina, and John Wesley College is its descendant.

Greensboro?-Greenville?-NC?-SC? Even airline employees make this mistake, eh?

Keith Drury said...

Thanks for the catch Kerry... I'll fix that... and thanks for the tie to John Wesley College too... history of just the educational institutions could fill a whole book couldn't it?

Joseph W. Watkins said...

Keith:

Curious if you discover in your reserarch any information on a Bible school opned and closed in Spirit Lake, Idaho, in the 1940's.

Keith Drury said...

JOE... are you referring to the 1937 GBA action approving a school operated by hime missions department--supposedly to train "home missionaries?" I believe that was established and the home missions department anted up 20% of the cost.. the school started at Spokne, then moved to Clarkston before fizzling... or some other school?

Joseph W. Watkins said...

Spririt Lake, Idaho is off the beaten path about 20 miles West of Coeur d'Alene. I was my understanding that a Bible school was started on the property but had to be closed once World War II started for finanical reasons. I was involved in getting this property sold in the 1990's. It very well could have been moved to Clarkston, I just didn't know about that. To me it was interesting that someone had the vision to provide for ministerial training in that neck of the woods given the small numbers of persons who were there. There are records that show Uncle Bud Robinson preached in a church near there in 1908.