Minutes of Regional Committees

Scope and Content

Unfortunately most of the minute books of the regional sub-committees are no longer extant. What is available are the minutes for the India and Ceylon Sub-committee from 1900 to 1912 and the minute book of the West Indies and West Africa Sub-committee, 1907 to 1912.

Administrative / Biographical History

For many years the General Committee of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society had formed ad hoc sub-committees or held special meetings to manage specific issues relating to one of their missionary districts or the region it formed part of. In 1900 they decided to form an India Sub-committee to initially manage all missionary matters in India (including areas now in Pakistan), Sri Lanka and Burma. The success of this sub-committee lead to the creation of further sub-committees and by the autumn of 1903 the following sub-committees were in place: India & Ceylon; China; Europe & South Africa; West Indies and West Africa. In 1912, as part of the restructuring of the committees (as well as the general administration) of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, these sub-committees ceased meeting. The work of the sub-committees for China, India & Ceylon were assumed by the Eastern Committee whilst the work of the sub-committees for Europe & South Africa and West Indies & West Africa were assumed by the Western Committee.

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Related Material

For other - mainly earlier and more adhoc - minutes relating to regions, districts or individual missions please consult the minutes of the General Committee. Many of the minutes of the sub-committees, including some of those available here, are contained with the minute books of the General Committee.

Later regional minutes, under the auspices of the Eastern Committee and the Western Committee, are also available (MMS/Home & General/Minutes/Box 1377-1383).