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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 solely for persons of African descent. The church's roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on John Wesley’s idea of a plain and simple gospel. Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are Bishops.
The Motto of The AME Church
"God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family"
The Mission, Vision, Purposes and Objectives of the AME Church
The Mission- The mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual and physical development of all people.
The Vision- At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the Free African Society, out which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
The Purposes- 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.
The Objectives- In order to meet the needs at every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.