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brought confusion in collections; some churches having made pledges
for Seminary students paid only what they had pledged; others made
up their usual contributions for Wake Forest students and refused to
do more. It was clearly seen that the continuance of this plan would
bring the Board hopelessly into debt. Accordingly when on December
7, 1908, the corresponding secretary read to the Board his report
which he was intending to make to the Convention, the Board insisted
that it should be amended to the effect that the alliance between the
Board and the Seminary be annulled. The Convention acceded to this
request, and for some years thereafter the Board of Education and the
Seminary each looked after its own collections in the State.28
In his report to the Convention of 1907 Dr. Cullom proposed two
methods of enlargement. The first was to extend the work to include
the Seminary students. The second may be seen in these words from
that report: "Shall we now . . . broaden the scope of the work of this
Board until it shall touch and bless every Baptist minister in the State?
A conspicuous feature in the education of today is the `university
extension' idea. The heart of this idea is the purpose to take the
blessings of an institution and carry them to those who cannot come
to it. Do we not need this work among the Baptists of North Carolina?
Is not Wake Forest the agency specially designed to give them such
training, inspiration, and help as can be given by such a method? Is
not the Board of Education the proper channel for mediating between
the College and our ministers in North Carolina?" The report was
adopted. For some years thereafter Dr. Cullom conducted a
correspondence course, not exclusively for ministers, the incidental
expenses of which were met by the Board.
Left to its own work the Board was able gradually to recuperate all
losses and in 1910 the corresponding secretary reported larger
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28 To some of the abler pastors of the State it seemed double trouble to take
collections for two sets of ministerial students, one at Wake Forest, and another at
Louisville. It was owing to the importunities of these men, and possibly partly to his
desire to see the work of the Board of Education enlarged that Dr. Cullom agreed to
their plan that the Board should collect and distribute funds for both sets of students.
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