The Lay Organization
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. I Peter 4:10-11
The Lay Organization and the Women's Missionary Society are the two connectional organizations in the AME Church. The Lay Organization exists at a local level and a district level. The local Lay Organization is formed for the purposes of:
Instilling in its membership a love and appreciation for the history, tradition and principles of African Methodism
Advocating respect and loyalty to constituted authority
Encouraging the support of the total program of the local church
Fostering systematic and regular study which will provide greater knowledge and participation in the church
Organizing and training the lay members concerning the goals and objectives of the Connectional Lay Organization
What is the purpose of the Lay Organization?
The purpose of the local lay organization is to get the membership of the local church involved in spiritual and political areas of the AME Church. The Purpose is also to learn about the rules, regulations and duties of the members, officers and the pastor of each local church.
What does the Connectional Lay Organization consist of?
The Connectional Lay Organization shall be composed of the Episcopal District Lay Organizations, Conference Lay Organizations, District Lay Organizations of the Annual Conference and Organization of a Station or Circuit.
The District Lay Organization of the Annual Conference is optional and shall only be organized where the Conference Lay Organization determines it to be necessary for the efficient conduct of its business.
Why have a Lay Organization at the church level?
The reason for organizing at the local church level is to provide the proper instructions for each new nad old members of the local church as it reltes to duties, responsibilities and loyalty to the AME Church as outlined in the AME Discipline.
Who is a layperson anyway?
All persons who have joined the AME denomination and have not been ordained an Elder (Preacher) is a layperson. It is each person's responsibility to become an active member of the Lay Organization.
How do I benefit from joining the Lay Organization?
The benefits received from being an active member of the Lay organization include knowledge about the:
Rules, laws and procedures of the AME Church as outlined in the AME Discipline.
Lay Organization on the Local, District, Conference and the Connectional levels.
Constitution and by-laws which govern the political leadership in the local, district, conference and connectional levels of the church.
Function of each level of the Lay Organization