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Women Missionary Society
The Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is an international faith-based, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), granted Special Consultative Category II Status in 1985 in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The WMS is composed of over 800,000 members located across four continents in thirty-two countries. We are in the forefront of works of mission, at the head of the Church, operating from the highest level within each of twenty Episcopal Districts and reporting to every meeting of the General and Annual Conferences.
As the Women’s representational entity of the AMEC nationally and worldwide, the WMS has a record of 131 years of service committed to winning souls to Christ, health, economic, peace and justice issues. The WMS hosts an annual conference at the United Nations every October at which members of the various agencies and components of the United Nations offer workshops and seminars on current global issues. The WMS has established a Foundation to support education through scholarships and social and economic development for the diversified constituencies we are privileged to serve.
Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC) was born at the 45th Quadrennial Session of the AME Church, and is an outgrowth of the Richard Allen Youth Council (RAYC). The RAYAC no longer serves as an overseeing body of other youth organizations, it is now a group for young adults between the ages of 26-39. The goal of the RAYAC is to retain young adults to the Lord, the church, and to lead young adults to use their gifts and talents in the service of the Lord.
Son of Allen
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP OF THE
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
In 1984, the African Methodist Episcopal Church created the Sons of Allen Men’s Fellowship to foster closer relationships between men of the church, to equip men of the church for meaningful service, to reach unchurched men, and to present positive role models for our youth. The Sons of Allen has grown into an important connectional movement over the past twenty-plus years and the Fellowship is becoming a true connectional ministry. The challenges and disturbing realities facing African American men call for a response from the church. Among the concerns are the following:
African-American men disproportionately suffer from health problems such as prostate cancer, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, and many lack access to and/or are not inclined to seek adequate health care.
As a group, African-American men suffer from economic hardships such as unemployment, joblessness, and poverty, and the resultant psychological stress.
Too many African American men abuse alcohol and illegal drugs, often in response to the various pressures they face as African American men.
Violence against African-American men by other African-American men threatens the stability of our communities.
African American men are grossly over-represented as defendants in the criminal justice system and are often subject to injustice in that system through various forms of discrimination such as racial profiling, higher arrest rates, higher prosecution rates, and harsher sentences.
Many African-American men feel disconnected from the church and are drastically underrepresented in the vast majority of our churches.
African-American male youth are too often relegated to special education classes and steered away from college preparatory programs. They are also more likely to be suspended or expelled and to drop out of school before graduating than their peers of other cultures.
Too many young African-American males lack positive male role models, model negative behavior displayed in the media, and turn to illegal means of earning money.
Young African-American men often see the church as irrelevant, outdated and sanctimonious, and are often viewed with suspicion by church members.
These are but some of the concerns that underscore the need for the African Methodist Episcopal Church to pay special attention to ministering to men. The Sons of Allen is the best existing connectional vehicle for addressing the need to minister to men in a deliberate and organized manner. The Sons of Allen has the potential to transform our churches and our communities by bringing African American men into a transforming relationship with our Lord. This ministry must function as Andrew did in John 1:40-42 when he led his brother, Peter, to Jesus.
At the call of Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, the Sons of Allen met for a summit in Nashville, Tennessee on April 17-18, 2004. At this historic summit, the Sons of Allen took a momentous step toward becoming a fully functioning and effective connectional ministry. The members elected connectional officers, reviewed proposed legislation, and began making plans to move the ministry forward.
The Young People’s Division of the AME church seeks to equip and build young leaders and missionaries that will not only make a large impact in the church but also in their local and global communities. We believe that a faith-driven and socially conscious generation is the most powerful to make a positive change in our communities.
The Class System is a basic organizational unit of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church that connects each member of the local church. Since the beginning of the A.M.E. Church, the Class System has played a vital role. Richard Allen, the founder and first bishop of the church, adopted the Methodist doctrine, including the Class System at the first A.M.E. General Conference.
The Class Leaders Ministry at Visitors Chapel AME Church serves by connecting members to the church and supporting the members’ walk with Jesus Christ. Each member is assigned a class leader upon completion of the new members’ orientation.
Class leaders are disciples or under-shepherds called to minister to the body of Christ. Class Leaders support the Pastor in praying and ministering to the individual needs of Visitors Chapel AME Church members. Class Leaders perform the functions of calling, listening, praying, and visiting sick members. They also provide ministry information.