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“Some Conditions of the Modern Ministry” By Samuel Hobart Winkley

“On Some Conditions of the Modern Ministry”

by Samuel Hobart Winkley

in The Christian Examiner, Vol. 82, January 1887

S. H. Winkley was ordained in 1846 and served for many years at Pitts Street Chapel in Boston. Evidently the spelling Winkley is a mistake in the magazine.

In Massachusetts the disestablishment of the church in 1834 meant that tax dollars no longer supported the salaries of ministers of the once standing order. Problems resulted in replacing tax dollars with voluntary gifts. Over 30 years later, Winkley tries to assess the results and to suggest some new approaches.

Mainly interesting for its descriptions of the condition of the ministry at the close of the Civil War.


The text of Winkley’s article is available via the Christian Examiner at Google Books, here.

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