Proponent, Dutch designation for a ministerial candidate. Formerly and particularly in the last decades of the 18th and early 19th centuries a young man who had been trained by a Mennonite minister was in many cases examined by a local church board, and if the outcome was satisfactory he was appointed "proponent." The students of the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, founded in 1735, were until 1810 examined and appointed as proponents by the church board of the Amsterdam congregation and after 1811 by the trustees of the ADS (Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit = Dutch General Mennonite Conference) or by a committee appointed by the ADS for the examinations, as is done today. Occasionally, but not since 1849, the Mennonite Conference of Friesland also appointed proponents.
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