Doctrines and Discipline of the Free Methodist Church of North America - 1939 Edition



     ¶ 226. 1. The stewards should be persons of solid piety, who both know and love the Free Methodist doctrine and Discipline, and of good natural and acquired abilities to transact temporal business.

     2. The number of stewards in each circuit shall not be less than three, nor more than nine.

     3. The stewards of each society shall be elected by ballot at a regular society meeting to be held subsequent to the annual circuit meeting. Where there is but one society they may be elected by the circuit meeting.

     ¶ 227. The duties of stewards are: 1. To seek the needy and distressed in order to relieve and comfort them. 2. To inform the preachers of any sick or disorderly persons. 3. To tell their preacher what they think wrong in him. 4. To attend the quarterly meetings of their circuit. 5. To give advice, if asked, in planning the circuit. 6. To attend committees for the application of money to churches. 7. To give counsel in matters of arbitration. 8. To provide elements for the Lord’s Supper. 9. To write circular letters to the societies in the circuit to be more liberal if need be, also to let them know, when occasion requires, the state of the temporal concerns of the circuit at the last quarterly meeting.