Can nothing be devised to arouse the presidents of Conferences to a sense of their obligations? Would they could see that their position of trust only increases and intensifies their responsibility. If each president would feel the necessity of diligent improvement of his talents in devising ways and means for arousing ministers to work as they should, what a change would take place in every Conference.
Faithful service on the part of the Conference officers and the ministers, would relieve the president of the General Conference of a large share of taxing, wearing labour. Fidelity is wanting in a marked degree. Do these men consider that the solemn scrutiny of every man's work is soon to begin in heaven?
When the Master went away, He gave to every man in every age and in every generation, his work; and He says, to us all, "Occupy till I come." Have ministers thought how much is comprehended in those words? Verily there may be but a step between them and death. How stands the record of sacred trusts committed for wise improvement. Misused talents, wasted hours, neglected opportunities, duties left undone, sickly churches, the flock of God not strengthened by having their portion of that in due season.
What is to be done! Shall the president of the General Conference carry the burden of the neglects of presidents and ministers, and weep between the porch and the altar, crying, "Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach?" shall he feel that he is responsible for the deep sleep, the paralysis, that is upon the people of God?
If he works as he has done to arouse the careless and set in order the things that others have neglected, he will become unable to labour, and will go down to an untimely
grave.--Manuscript 8, 1892 (Nov. 25, 1892, Christ and Suffering)
More Thinking and Planning --"If the officers of a conference would bear
successfully the burdens laid upon them, they must pray, they must believe, they
must trust God to use them as His agents in keeping the churches of the
conference in good working order. This is their part of the vineyard to
cultivate. There must be far more personal responsibility, far more thinking and
planning, far more mental power brought into the labour put forth for the
Master. This would enlarge the capacity of the mind, and give keener perceptions
as to what to do and how."-- Gospel Workers , p. 416.