The Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the newest in the AME church relative to our total years of existence. The Organization, like many in our church, at an early age, did not keep official records that would serve as reference material.
The Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is commissioned to teach, train and empower its members for lay ministry, global leadership and service following the tenets of Jesus Christ.
1. To create a love and appreciation of the History and Principles of African Methodism.
2. Keep the memory of Richard Allen alive.
3. Respect Constituted Authority.
4. Stimulate and Educate the Laity in the Total Program of the Church.
5. Study the Discipline and learn the laws of the Church.
6. Encourage Financial Support of the Church’s Program.
7. Teach and Practice Stewardship and work with the Youth to teach them Methodism.
8. These objectives can best be met when one works to understand the program of the church and relate the church to the world around us. Become involved in Social Action such that the church is then our Community – our Job – Our School, and everywhere that many assembles he carries the church with him.
The purpose of this organization shall be to organize and train the laity of the African Methodist Episcopal Church so that lay persons may maximally utilize their God-given abilities and skills to improve and extend the kingdom to create happiness, peace, and harmony among its members.
The Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and our ministry must not just be here for a moment, but we must go beyond the walls of our established circles and comfort zones. This will force us to take a long hard look at our organization and see if we are up to the challenge. Moving beyond the walls forces us to become global in our thinking, in our mission, in our ministry, and in our witness. We are a church of many believers with diverse needs; we are… “Laity Fulfilling the Great Commission”.
Smith Chapel Lay President
NTX Conference Lay President
Director of Lay Activities