Teaching Christian Science

83Teaching Christian Science

Article XXVI Section 1    Motive in Teaching.  SECTION 1. Teaching Christian Science shall not be a question of money, but of morals and religion, healing and uplifting the race.

Article XXVI Section 2    Care of Pupils.  SECT. 2. Christian Scientists who are teachers shall carefully select for pupils such only as have good past records and promising proclivities toward Christian Science. A teacher shall not assume personal control of, or attempt to dominate his pupils, but he shall hold himself morally obligated to promote their progress in the understanding of divine Principle, not only during the class term but after it, and to watch well that they prove sound in sentiment and practical in Christian Science. He shall persistently and patiently counsel his pupils in conformity with the unerring laws of God, and shall enjoin them habitually to study the Scriptures and SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES as a help thereto.

84Article XXVI Section 3    Defense against Malpractice.  SECT. 3. Teachers shall instruct their pupils how to defend themselves against mental malpractice, never to return evil for evil, but to know the truth that makes free, and thus to be a law, not unto others, but to themselves.

Article XXVI Section 4    Number of Pupils.  SECT. 4. The teachers of Christian Science shall teach but one class yearly, which class shall consist of not more than thirty pupils. After 1907, the Board of Education shall have one class triennially, a Normal class not exceeding thirty pupils.

Article XXVI Section 5    Pupil’s Tuition.  SECT. 5. A student’s price for teaching Christian Science shall not exceed $100.00 per pupil.

Article XXVI Section 6    Associations.  SECT. 6. The associations of the pupils of loyal teachers shall convene annually. The pupils shall be guided by the BIBLE, and SCIENCE AND HEALTH, not by their teachers’ personal views. Teachers shall not call their pupils together, or assemble a selected number of them, for more frequent meetings.

Article XXVI Section 7    A Single Field of Labor.  SECT. 7. A loyal teacher of Christian Science shall not teach another loyal teacher’s pupil, except it be in the Board of Education. Outside of this Board each 85student occupies only his own field of labor. Pupils may visit each other’s churches, and by invitation attend each other’s associations.

Article XXVI Section 8    Caring for Pupils of Strayed Members.  SECT. 8. A loyal teacher of Christian Science may teach and receive into his association the pupils of another member of this Church who has so strayed as justly to be deemed, under the provisions of Article XII, Sect. 1, not ready to lead his pupils.

Article XXVI Section 9    Teachers must have Certificates.  SECT. 9. A member of this Church shall not teach pupils Christian Science unless he has a certificate to show that he has been taught by Mrs. Eddy or has taken a Normal Course at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College or in the Board of Education.

    Such members who have not been continuously active and loyal Christian Scientists since receiving instruction as above, shall not teach Christian Science without the approval of The Christian Science Board of Directors.


Article XXVII Section 1    Authorized to Teach.  SECTION 1. After a student’s pupil has been duly authorized to be a teacher of Christian Science, or has been under the personal instruction of Mrs. Eddy, he is no longer under the jurisdiction of his former teacher.

Article XXVII Section 2    Without Teachers.  SECT. 2. Those beloved brethren whose teacher has left them, can elect an experienced Christian Scientist, who is not in charge of an association of students and who is ready for this high calling, to conduct the meetings of their association.

Article XXVII Section 3    Basis for Teaching.  SECT. 3. The teachers of the Normal class shall teach from the chapter “Recapitulation” in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, and from the Christian Science Platform, beginning on page 330 of the revised editions since 1902, and they shall teach nothing contrary thereto. The teachers of the Primary class shall instruct their pupils from the said chapter on “Recapitulation” only.

87Article XXVII Section 4    Church Membership.  SECT. 4. Neither the Pastor Emeritus nor a member of this Church shall teach Roman Catholics Christian Science, except it be with the written consent of the authority of their Church. Choice of patients is left to the wisdom of the practitioner, and Mrs. Eddy is not to be consulted on this subject.

Article XXVII Section 5    Class Teaching.  SECT. 5. Members of The Mother Church who are authorized by its By-Laws to teach Christian Science, shall not solicit, or cause or permit others to solicit, pupils for their classes. No member of this Church shall advise against class instruction.

    Teachers of Christian Science must have the necessary moral and spiritual qualifications to elucidate the Principle and rule of Christian Science, through the higher meaning of the Scriptures. “The less the teacher personally controls other minds, and the more he trusts them to the divine Truth and Love, the better it will be for both teacher and student.” (Retrospection and Introspection, page 84.)