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Rev. Francis Edward Clark

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Williston Church
Phone: (207) ***-****  HQ Phone
Williston West Church
32 Thomas St.
Portland, Maine 04102
United States

Company Description: If Williston West is to grow, it needs healthy organizational structures which help all who attend to live out our faith, and to support each other as we each work...   more

Employment History

  • President
    United Society
  • Founder and President
    The United Society of Christian Endeavor
  • World President
    Christian Endeavor Union

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    The Christian Endeavor Society
  • Founder
    Christian Endeavor
  • Founder
    The CE
  • Founder
    Young People's Society Of Christian Endeavor


  • D.D.
  • LL.D.
100 Total References
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Our History » Christian Endeavor Mid-Atlantic, 3 Oct 2012 [cached]
Dr. Francis E. Clark, Pastor of the Williston Congregational Church in Portland, Maine had great concern for youth who made a clear decision to accept Christ, but were not involved in the church's activities. Dr. Clark developed an idea to use in guiding the youth. He shared it with his wife Harriet who rejected the idea because it required too much commitment. Later, Harriet returned to her husband and said she was wrong. She expressed that the Christian life required this level of commitment and young people should be challenged to live to this standard.
Rev. Francis E. Clark, ..., 2 May 2012 [cached]
Rev. Francis E. Clark, pastor of Williston Church in Portland, Maine, formed the society in the parlor of his home at 62 Neal Street-the parsonage of Williston Church. Members consisted of boys and girls in the "Mizpah Circle"-a missionary circle for young people which was led by the pastor's wife. During the February Mizpah meeting, Clark framed a constitution for the society and called it "Williston Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor.
Several clauses of the constitution are historically instructive and bear repeating here (For the further details on the foregoing and following points and the constitution itself, see Francis E. Clark. Memories of Many Men in Many Lands: An Autobiography. Boston, MA: United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1922, pp. 77-87): "Object.
About Christian Endeavor Founder Francis E. Clark Francis Edward Clark was born on September 12, 1851 in the village of Aylmer, Province of Quebec, or Lower Canada, as it was then called. His ancestors, however, had lived in "the Old Bay State" for two centuries. His ancestral lineage was peopled with deacons and pastors and descendents who were members of the Orthodox Congregational Church. His young parents went to the Canadian frontier on other pursuits, but both died when Francis was quite young. He said, "All of my boyhood was spent in two Puritan families. . . . My mother and brother were members of the Presbyterian church, in which I, too, was dedicated to God's service. Very soon after his mother's death, his uncle, Rev. Edward Warren Clark, of Auburndale, Mass., came to Aylmer and took him to the uncle's Auburndale home. The uncle was the first pastor of the newly-formed Congregational Church in Auburndale. Because of ill health, his uncle was obliged to give up his pastorate. But he was elected chaplain of the Massachusetts Senate and Overseer of Harvard College, soon becoming chaplain of the Forty-seventh Regiment of Volunteers in the Civil War. On the uncle's return from the war, the family moved to New Hampshire; and the young Francis attended Claremont academy. From there, Francis was enrolled in Kimball Union Academy in Meridian, New Hampshire. On graduation in 1869, he entered the Dartmouth class of '73. He graduated number 12 in his class and had received a Phi Beta Kappa "key. Incidentally, Francis commented at some length on the excessive drinking during his years at Dartmouth-something that is part of the Dr. Bob story at Dartmouth as well. In 1873, Francis decided to study for the ministry and entered Andover, which he characterized as "the great theological seminary of New England. Andover was Congregational in denomination. Near the end of his senior year at Andover, he was called to the pastorate of the Williston Church of Portland, Maine (For the foregoing materials, see Clark, Memories, supra, pp. 1-66).
By the time its founder Dr. Francis Clark had written his autobiography in 1922, Christian Endeavor could say that eighty thousand organizations bore its name (Clark, Memoirs, supra, p. 699). It could and did say that three hundred thousand people attended one hundred and fifty different sessions at its 1899 Convention in Detroit (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 368). It could and did estimate that about 250,000 Endeavorers every year join the evangelical churches of the world (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 338). An online encyclopedia archive on Francis Clark recorded that, in 1908, United Christian Endeavor had 70,761 societies and more than 3,500,000 members scattered throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, India, Japan and China
In sum, there was absolutely nothing like Christian Endeavor that was similar in form, content, significance, and size during the years prior to or at the time A.A.s conception or actual formative years-nothing at all like the Christian Endeavor Society which was to help instruct and train Dr. Bob in his youth, and which emphasized Bible, Church, Prayer Meetings, Quiet Hours, God, Jesus Christ, fellowship, service and witness (For details, see Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp.
If obliged to be absent from the monthly consecration meeting of the society, I will, if possible, send at least a verse of Scripture to be read in response to my name at roll-call" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp.251-252). Interesting also are the first two of six covenants in the prison-societies of Christian Endeavor: "First. I will accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. "Second. I will try to learn and do His will by forming the habit of praying and carefully reading my Bible daily, and by thinking, speaking, and acting as I believe He would in my place. . . ." (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 253). Rev. Clark said the covenant has thus been analyzed: "First, I will read the Bible. "Second, I will pray. "Third, I will support my own church. "Fourth, I will attend the weekly prayer-meeting of the society. "Fifth, I will take some part in it, aside from singing. "Sixth, I will perform a special duty at the consecration-meeting if obliged to be absent" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp 244-245).
Certainly no less excuse should satisfy you, pledge or no pledge" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 245).
Rev. Clark believed that the following four principles are the "roots of the Christian Endeavor tree. They are, he wrote, the essential and only essential principles of the Christian Endeavor Society: 1. Confession of Christ. 2. Service for Christ. 3. Fellowship with Christ's people. 4. Loyalty to Christ's Church. As to each of the four, Clark said the following, among other things:
Clark concludes with this commentary on the fundamental, necessary features of the world-wide movement:
The earliest Christian Endeavor journal was called The Golden Rule with Rev. Clark as its editor-in chief (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp. 82, 622; Memories, supra, pp. 92, 97-98). See also Matthew 7:12 for one rendition of that "golden rule." The covenant pledge was, along with several other stated purposes, designed to secure "familiarity with the Word of God by promoting Bible-reading and study in preparation for every meeting" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 94).
I believe in the advice of studying the Holy Bible for itself; it makes men" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 606). Said to be the greatest preacher in England of his time, the Rev. Dr. J. H. Jowett said at the British National Convention in Glasgow: "Let your endeavor grow out of the great and studious contemplation of the great mysteries in Christ;" and Jowett was speaking on "Christian Endeavor and Bible-Study" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp. 608-609). Writing on the non-denominational and international character of Christian Endeavor, Count Bernstorff, an eminent German Christian, wrote: "There is only one Christianity, because there is only one Christ. Is it English that one insists upon conversion. . . . Is it English to avow a oneness of spirit with Christians of other denominations. . . . Is it English that one should seek after holiness. . . . Is it English that all Christians should work together for the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom? All these things are simple biblical truths, and should be the universal spirit of Christendom. Indeed, they constitute living Christendom" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp. 618-619).
B.B. Tyler, D.D., Pastor, First Church of Disciples of Christ, New York City] (Clark, World Wide Endeavor, p. 7).
The CE Founder Dr. Francis Clark wrote:
See also Francis E. Clark, The Presence of God; Living and Loving; The Golden Alphabet; A Daily Message for Christian Endeavorers; and The Great Secret; Belle M. Brain, The Morning Watch and Quaint Thoughts; J. Wilbur Chapman, The Surrendered Life: Quiet Hour Meditations And note that the foregoing titles were all published by United Society of Christian Endeavor.
Whose hands point to heavenly joys on the dial of eternity" (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, p. 316).
The Reverend Dr. Charles M. Sheldon was an enthusiastic Christian Endeavor supporter (Clark, Christian Endeavor, supra, pp. 283, 149, 330, 563, 595). He wrote the famous In His Steps, said to be the most widely-read religious novel of all time, with over 8,000,000 copies sold.
Speaking about Christian Endeavor evangelism and Sheldon's suggestions, Rev. Francis Clark wrote in Christian Endeavor, supra: "The Sunday-evening after -meeting is another rare opportunity for evangelistic service, into which many pastors wisely press their Endeavorers. Dr. Charles M. Sheldon, as has been before stated, advocates making this great young people's evangelistic service of the week for the actual bringing of men to a decision for Christ, and in his own experience has proved the vast usefulness of such a plan (p.330). The Foreword to Clark's World Wide Endeavor includes this rem
About Christian Endeavor - Mid Atlantic ~ History, 11 July 2009 [cached]
Christian Endeavor was founded on February 2nd, 1881 by Francis E. Clark, Pastor of the Williston Congregational Church in Portland, Maine. He had a great concern for the youth who had made a clear decision to accept Christ, but were not involved in the church's activities. An invitation was extended to the young people of the congregation to come to the parsonage Sunday afternoon February 2nd. The topic of discussion was to be "Where do we go from here?"
The young people, along with Pastor Clark composed a constitution for their newly formed group which read in part:
Today in History - September 12, 27 Dec 2011 [cached]
1851 Francis E. Clark , American Congregational clergyman who founded the first Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, was born in Aylmer, Quebec (d. 26 May 1927).
History | Christian Endeavour, Ireland, 28 May 2013 [cached]
Francis Clark was the pastor of the Willistion Congregational Church, Portland, Maine, U.S.A. and he was in the midst of a revival in the work of that Church. A number of young people had been led to accept that Jesus Christ as their Saviour and it was clear that something was needed which would develop their new experience and lead them on into Christian SERVICE, something which was more closely related to their experience and need that the musical and literary societies already at work in the church. At a social gathering on 2nd February, 1881, Francis Clark and his wife Harriet outlined their new ideas to the young people. they suggested that a society should be formed to be known as the Willistion Young Peoples's Society of Christian Endeavour. Its objects were stated as being to Promote an ernest Christian Life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and to make them more useful in the service of God.
Willistion Congregational Church, Portland and Francis Edward Clark, founder of the Society, and movement.
In 1887, Clark was elected president of the United Society, and in 1895 he was chosen as the World President of the Christian Endeavor Union. Clark held this position until his death in 1927.
Clark virtually created the concept of "youth ministry" by asking young people in his Williston Congregational Church to sign a two-page commitment.
Margaret Magill made enquiries and obtained a copy of "Christian Endeavour: What it is and How it works" by Francis Clark.
Dr Clark visited Ireland for the first time in 1893 and the first Irish Convention was held in 1894 in Belfast. The Irish CE Union was established in 1897.
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