The Expectant Forties
With consolidation of church cooperation forces now just around the comer," the whole movement pushed forward vigorously during the 1940's. This chapter will sketch first the enlargement of the professional fellowship of local, state, and national executives; and will then turn to national and world developments, interspersed with instances of the state and local cooperative enterprise.
A week after Hitler invaded. Russia, the ACS met, June 20 to July 5, 1941, at Conference Point, in its first annual meeting as a unified body. Those attending included 36 city, 19 national, and 11 state secretaries; these with wives, special leaders, and others, made a total of 84 persons. Various ICRE papers were presented, and also documents on "Missions in Local Councils," "Field Program and Research," and other topics. It was felt that "a definite foundation of conviction (should be) brought to the committee on arrangements arid also to the conference on relations of interdenominational agencies, expressing the mind of state and city executives with respect to plans for any new all-inclusive interdenominational agency, and that we should be represented on the committee and at the conference meeting at Atlantic City in December." It was accordingly voted to "refer to the executive committee for study, consultation, and report, the question of how the city, county, and state secretaries can be given more responsibility for national program building and time schedules." John W. Harms was elected president and this writer vice-president in charge of the 1942 program.
Dr. J. Quinter Miller, reporting for the ICFD, pointed out the staff lists now printed in the Year Book of American Churches. The origins of what was later to be the Committee for Cooperative Field Research emerge irt a suggestion that the ICFD might make available survey and research field service.
Program personnel in 1941 included Dr. E. Stanley Jones (three addresses), Dr. Toyohika Kagawa (two addresses), and Dr. Chester S. Miao of China. In the light of the world situation the friendly re