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the largest colored churches in Boston. True, the
church has had many changes in the pastorate, and
this doubtless could not very well be avoided,
owing to the composition of the membership and
congregation. These were mainly uneducated peo¬
ple, not from one part of the South only, but from dif¬
ferent parts. Few had any definite idea of church
government, yet all had some idea as to how a
Baptist church should be carried on, that is, they
thought they did.
Those who came from Virginia had their ideas as
to how a church should be conducted, and likewise
those who came from North Carolina, Alabama,
Georgia or Florida, had theirs also. Each different
set wanted their kind of a preacher, and the major¬
ity usually carried the day. The uneducated min¬
ister would naturally go with the crowd that voted
for his coming.
With this peculiar membership the minister would
not have smooth sailing all the time. The remedy
for this babel state of affairs will come through the
intelligent, educated ministry, which shall enlighten
the people, and bring them up to the correct stand¬
ard, and not appeal to their ignorant methods inher¬
ited from slavery.
What is needed, also, is more co-operation on the
part of the white brethren in this whole matter.
This applies to colored churches all over the country.
Give the churches better leaders, educated and
trained in all doctrine. This the white people