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date: 30 September 2020

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Historically,‘travelling ministers’ were those men and women Friends who, from early on in the development of Quakerism as a religious movement, felt called to disseminate Quaker beliefs and visit fellow members beyond the bounds of their own Monthly Meetings. They were also sometimes referred to as ‘Public Friends’. This chapterdescribes and contextualizes the process that evolved by which such Friends came to be ‘recorded’ as ministers. It considers the role that travelling ministers played in the gradual shift among some Yearly Meetings towards a pastoral form of church organization, with a paid ministry. Finally, it briefly describes the continued use by some Yearly Meetings of the historical procedure and the diverse ways that travel and ministry combine among others.

Keywords: ministry, Public Friends, recorded ministers, travelling ministers, travel

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