Collegeport, Tex., Sept. 24.--Collegeport has a federated church. There are a number of denominations represented in this church, Methodists, Baptists. Congregationalists, Presbyterian, Episcopalians, Christians and others. The question was agitated as to whether Collegeport should adopt the policy that has been pursued in small towns in the past, and organize three or four or five denominational churches, or whether a federated church should be established here that should combine in the strength of all the Christians of the town without reference to denomination. It was decided to organize but one church, the First Church of Collegeport (Federated). That was one year ago. The result has been most satisfactory and encouraging. The church has a membership of probably 100, or nearly every adult in the town. A flourishing Sunday school of eighty-seven striving for a round hundred within the month.
Members of any so-called evangelical church, described in the active membership of the Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. are received into membership upon vote of the church and are permitted, if they desire to retain their membership in the denomination of their choice outside of Collegeport. Any person may unite with the church upon vote of the membership, who signifies a desire and purpose to govern his or her life by Christian ideals and to put forth their best endeavor with the help of Christ to live upright Christian lives.
We understand that Collegeport has the first federated church in Texas. If there are other similar churches the Collegeport church will be glad to know of them, that they may keep in touch with each other and encourage each other and assist other small towns to organize federated churches.
Galveston Daily News, September 25, 1910
has received a pamphlet from Mr. John W. Hansel, containing the articles
of association of the First Church of Collegeport, in
The aim is to affiliate and be
in good standing with all federating bodies: desiring to give and
receive letters upon a common basis, and willing to support any existing
missionary or benevolent movements of these churches, or one which may
be selected whose aim is the advancement of truth and righteousness. The
slogan of this church as to ideals is "broad but high."
Members are expected to live earnest Christian lives, the emphasis being
placed upon the discipleship of Jesus Christ, rather than upon
theological tenets and opinions.
Many of the people of Collegeport, which is one of the flourishing towns of the midcoast country, settled by persons from all corners of the country, believe they have solved the problem of the struggling church of a small community by getting together into one big church that is broad enough to accommodate all shades of theology and flexible enough to impose no hardship upon any creed or conscience. The result of the association is understood to make it possible for the church to employ a capable minister and own a commodious, comfortable church building.
The spirit of progress in the
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"First Church of Collegeport, Tex., a federated organization, containing in its membership representatives of eight denominations, has recently completed its first year," says the Continent (Chicago). "Collegeport is a community not sufficiently large to give strong united support to any one denomination, and so it was decided to federate the Christian people of all denominations. The membership is 100. The congregation believes that it has settled the problem of how to secure a strong church in a small community."
Galveston Daily News, May 7, 1911