“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family.”
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.
The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel.
Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.
The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
The ultimate purposes are:
1. make available God’s biblical principles,
2. spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and
3. provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.