The Mission

The Lay Organization of the AME Church is commissioned to teach, train and empower its members for lay ministry, and global leadership and service following the tenets of Jesus Christ.

The Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to organize and train the laity of the AME Church so that laypersons 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 Objectives

1.     To instill in the membership of the church a love for, and an appreciation of the history, tradition, principles, and development of African Methodism by encouraging, motivating, and education all laypersons.


2.     To keep forever alive the sacred memory of Richard Allen, the illustrious founder of the AME Church.


3.     To advocate respect and loyalty at all times to constituted authority and leadership.


4.     To encourage the laity to support the total program of the church in the local congregation, in the community, and throughout the Connection.


5.     To foster a systematic and regular study of The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and parliamentary procedure, to the end that greater knowledge and information may be disseminated among the laity and with the further purpose of encouraging lay members to participate more largely in the general functioning and supervision of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


6.     To foster, influence and support all constructive and progressive legislation for the church that promotes the teachings of Jesus Christ.


7.     To encourage the development, recognition, and utilization of the most appropriate operational practices and modern technology in conducting the activities of the AME Church.


8.     To provide the spread of personal evangelism through activities designed to prepare lay members for appropriately conveying God’s Word.


9.     To provide training in Christian stewardship, which causes lay members to recognize that the connotation of stewardship addresses more than giving money.


10.     To increase the circulation of the church periodicals. 


11.     To provide for the orderly and systematic training of lay persons, especially officers, in order that they might more effectively perform their service responsibilities.


12.     To promote activities that will result in harmonious fellowship for lay persons throughout the Connection.


13.     To help in the support of the AME educational institutions.


14.     To give financial assistance to the Connectional Lay Economic Development Corporation (CLEDC) in support of Connectional programs.

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