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The Board of Trustees oversees all real, personal, and mixed property interests and rights of the church and manages the temporal concerns of St John A.M.E. Church. The Board of Trustees, also known as the Board of Incorporators , has the supervision, in trust, of all Connectional property of the Church and is vested with authority to act in behalf of the Connectional Church wherever necessary. Trustees serve one conference year and the trustees are elected annually by the members of the church.
The Lay Organizations are in every Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Continental United States from the first Episcopal District down through and including the Thirteenth Episcopal District.
Our organized lay movement has, three (3) significant stages of growth and development. First, the early formative years under the Laymen’s Missionary League organized in 1912 by Professor Charles H. Johnson, Wilberforce University; second, Connectional Lay College, organized in 1916 under the leadership of Dr. Carl V. Roman of Fisk University; and finally in 1946 in Connectional Laymen’s Organization organized by the delegates from the Lay College who were meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1946. Today, the organized lay movement in the African Methodist Episcopal Church operates as a vital force for good because it is free, independent and unmotivated by any desire, motive or purpose other than the general welfare of African Methodism.
In the AME Church, those elected to the office of trustee are not only holders of an office of trust but are also temporal caretakers for and of the Kingdom of God.
Trustees in the African Methodist Episcopal church have the responsibility of all church property. This includes management, maintenance, development, and use of property under the direction of the church’s Official Board for the support of the programs approved by the congregation. The Trustees are caretakers of the property that has been entrusted to their care. Duties and responsibilities of Trustees are defined in more detail in the 2012 A.M.E. Church Discipline.
A local church will elect no less than three (3) Trustees and not more than nineteen (19). Bethel’s Trustees know their responsibility is for the property and not for church programs. The Pastor is Chairperson of The Board.
The Bible explains that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). Music is one of God’s good gifts. God has given both man and angels the gift of music-making (Genesis 4:21; Job 38:7). The purpose of music and singing is to rejoice in and worship the Lord (Psalm 95:1-2).
We are to “Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2). We may also “praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp” (Psalm 149:3). Therefore, while we find the voice to be the primary instrument of song in the Scriptures, the dance and instrumentals were also used to express praise to our Creator.
St. John A.M.E.'s music ministry includes a choir and musicians led by Brian K. Garrett. Our youth perform at special events. Join our choir and sing praises unto our Lord.
The theme for the Couples Ministry is Marriages Strengthened by Love based on 1 Peter 4:8, "Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins" (NLT).
Our goal at St. John A.M.E. is to strengthen marriages, enrich families, and impact the community for Jesus Christ. Couples participate in workshops and other activities designed to address such areas as communication, spirituality, conflict resolution, finances, parenting, and intimacy. The Ministry plans periodic off-site retreats to pray together, fellowship, discuss the issues of marriage, relax, and have fun together.
YOUTH MINISTRY (YPD)
THE YOUNG PEOPLE and CHILDREN’S DIVISION (YPD) is a youth organization, established in October 1915, under the auspices to the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. You will find African Methodists Episcopal Churches in the United States, Caribbean, South America, England, India, and Africa. YPD units may be found in most local churches throughout the Connection. The YPD membership is estimated at over 800,000 young men and women between the ages of 2-26.
SAVED & SINGLE'S MINISTRY
While society and churches can sometimes emphasize marriage as the goal, we believe living and loving like Jesus is the goal. Come connect, grow and serve with a vibrant, loving and authentic community of believers. We will have events for our single members to connect in a safe environment and enjoy life.
WMS WOMEN'S 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 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.