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The 1892 meeting of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association took place at Gastonia Church (present day: First Baptist Baptist Church of Gastonia) in Gastonia, NC. The introductory sermon was delivered by G.P. Hamrick. Minutes include extensive advertisements for the American Baptist Publication Society's periodicals. The report on Ministerial Education recommends Boiling Springs High School due to its services for rural and working class students. The Report on Ministerial Support laments that ministerial pay (averaging at $100) is not adequate compensation. "In looking around for the cause for this state of affairs, [the association] is constrained to lay blame largely at the door of the preachers." The committee encourages ministers to better prepare for sermons, thus improving sermon quality. The committee recommends that Gastonia Church and Shelby Church increase the pay of their ministers to $800.
1892, September 22
First Baptist Church of Gastonia
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Kings Mountain Baptist Association Collection, Minutes of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, 1892. Series 1, Box 1, University Archives, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.