New York Times article, July 11, 1892: A history of the first 11 years of Christian Endeavor
Researched by Ken B. February 9, 2012
Dick B. and Ken B.
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We have read thousands of Christian Endeavor pages, collected dozens of Christian Endeavor books, and published extensively on the founding, practices, and impact of the Christian Endeavor Society of which Dr. Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was an active member through his and his family’s North Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Christian Endeavor was founded at Williston Congregational Church in Maine in 1881
The movement spread like wild fire across New England and elsewhere and eventually reached a worldwide membership of 4.5 million. We recommend all the materials we have written on the subject as well as a research effort at the Dr. Bob Core Library at North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. There our benefactors have donated many informative Christian Endeavor books and pamphlets and articles.
The article, for which a link is provided below, shows those few doubters of the Christian status of Dr. Robert H. Smith just what were the beliefs, pledge, and structure of this Christian organization organized to keep young people from going astray.
This is only one piece of evidence of Dr. Bob’s tremendous training in the Bible as a youngster in Vermont. The training came from his parents, who were devout Christians stressing salvation and the Bible. It came from North Congregational Church services, sermons, and Sunday school, from the prayer meetings of the church, from Christian Endeavor Society, from the activity of Bob’s parents (father a Deacon, executive committee member, and Sunday school teacher; mother head of the church’s educational work, member of the choir, member of the women’s group of the church and church historian), and from the church’s connections with the Young Men’s Christian Association, of which Dr. Bob’s father, Judge Walter P. Smith, was president during Bob’s years at St. Johnsbury Academy.
As a reader, you can take this one piece of evidence—among hundreds and hundreds—and decide for yourself whether it indicates Dr. Bob believed in God, had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and devoted endless hours to Bible study and Bible study meetings.