CHAPTER 35
CHANGES IN DOCTRINE AND ORGANIZATION

THE revival movement led inevitably to changes in practice, in doctrine, in organization and in the relation of Friends to their environment. The yearly meetings organized the revival work by appointing committees on evangelistic work to succeed the committees on general meetings. To the duty of organizing and financing the revivals the responsibility of church extension and pastoral work was soon added. The tendency was toward centralization; the yearly meeting committees and superintendents grew in power. In Iowa Yearly Meeting John Henry Douglas was Superintendent of Evangelistic and Pastoral Work from 1886 to 1890. He and his committee accomplished an enormous amount of work with a relatively small financial outlay. The territory of the yearly meeting extended from Wisconsin to Oregon, from the Mississippi river through Denver to southern California. The population of the west was growing rapidly and the need of religious organization was pressing. The yearly meeting conferred on him and his committee authority to organize and establish monthly meetings and to receive members into membership.1

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Min. Iowa Yearly Meeting, 1890, pp. 6, 7. Report of The Pastoral and Evangelical Committee. In 1881 ministers had already been granted authority to organize missions and report their members to the monthly meeting. Min., 1881, p. 19. This was an extreme case but it shows how near the yearly meeting superintendent came to exercising episcopal functions.

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