James Varick Our Beliefs

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church professes the historical faith in God, who by Himself – outpouring, was manifest incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation. By God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit all believers become the new humanity. The incarnation having reached its completion in Jesus, who is the Christ, is continuing in the Church and is overcoming the calamity of the human predicament. We strive in the hope that the Church will grow from sinful existence through purification to oneness with God.

Our Heritage in doctrine and our present theological task demand that we renew our faith and understanding of the love of God, our Father, and the Lordship of His Son, Jesus. We believe that all who have faith in Him will be empowered and invigorated by the Holy Spirit to risk all for the reconciling work and fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

Our Heritage

Harriet TubmanZion Methodism grew out of the merciless enslavement of our African forefathers. They were kidnapped from their native land, chained, shackled, and shipped as beasts in deplorable conditions to a strange and distant land, having no family, no culture and no language. Yet, our fathers and mothers were comforted by the Lord God, through Jesus Christ, in the cotton fields and every place of their humiliation and degradation revealing to them that He would always be with them as He had been with them in the past. When Jesus, upon whom the Spirit of the Lord had descended, was preached at John Street Methodist Church, they united with that fellowship. However, bigotry and oppressively cruel barriers confronted them. The Spirit of the Lord led them in the establishment of Zion Chapel (which later became The Mother Church of Zion Methodism) where the gospel of His redeeming grace could be experienced. Taking with them the doctrines, discipline, and polity of The Methodist Church, they proceeded in the establishment of Zion Methodism. They believed that God had called them out of their bondage and had chosen them to be His people and a channel of His redeeming love for all people.

We believe and understand today that, in the Divine Economy, Zion Methodism is to make disciples of all persons throughout the earth, to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captive, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the Year of the Lord’s favor. We are to continue this mission until Christ, God’s Son, shall come again.


Mother A.M.E. Zion Church  :: Harlem, NYMission Statement

The mission of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to increase our love for God and to help meet the needs of humankind by “Loving God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with our entire mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Implicit in this statement is the belief that the church should have a positive relationship to humankind horizontally. We also share in the mission of His Son Jesus Christ, in “healing the sick, helping the blind to receive sight, the lame to walk, the leper to be cleansed, the deaf to hear, the dead to be raised, and the poor to have the Good News preached to them.” – Luke 4:18.

We actualize this mission by praising God, by being obedient to the demands of the Gospel, by telling the story of God’s gracious acts in creating and redeeming the world, by inviting persons to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and by serving as ministers of God’s liberating and reconciling grace.

Along with its emphasis on ministry and social change here in the United States, the denomination has focused much of its attention and energies on outreach abroad. To date, the AME Zion Church has member churches on all continents except Australia. In West Africa, in particular, the denomination has set up numerous schools and clinics throughout Ghana and Nigeria. The Church also has facilities in Liberia, though some of its main structures have been destroyed by civil war.

Overseas missions are a crucial component of the AME Zion Church's outreach, but the denomination believes in charity starting at home. That is why, over the years, several individual churches have implemented programs to help families to find low-income housing, jobs, financial planning assistance, health care and day care services. "Our concern is for the whole person," says Bishop Cecil Bishop, the (retired former) senior bishop of the AME Zion Church. "We have a holistic approach and a holistic gospel. We don't feel that we live in a kind of compartmentalized sense, but that life is a complete whole. So we have to be concerned about all of those amenities of life that help make up wholeness in an individual."

The outward person is important, but the primary focus of the AME Zion Church remains spirituality and "sharing the good news of the gospel," says the former senior bishop. As we, the AME Zion Church continues to expand and diversify its ministry, we also are preparing to lead an ever increasing youthful church body into the next century.
 

  • May 5, 2016
    National Day Of Prayer
    Día Nacional de la Oración
    National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders.
  • May 6, 2016
    Happy Birthday Bishop Hines!
    Bishop Bonnie Hines' Birthday

    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12

  • May 5-7, 2016
    Board of Trustees and Commencement
    Livingstone College
    Salisbury, N. C.
  • May 6, 2016, 7pm
    Baccalaureate Service
    Livingstone College
    Varick Auditorium
    701 N. Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • May 8, 2016
    Mother's Day
    Mother's Day celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.
  • May 14, 2016
    Happy Birthday
    Bishop George E. Battle
    Piedmont Episcopal District
  • May 14, 2016
    Bishop Battle's Testimonial Luncheon
    Sheraton Koury Center
    Greensboro NC
  • May 17-22, 2016
    Blue Ridge Annual Conference
    Camp Dorothy Wals Conference & Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Road
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Phone: (828) 419-9200
    Fax: (828) 419-9222
  • May 20-21, 2016
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Salisbury NC
    7:00pm Closing Convocation
    10:30am Commencement

  • May 24-29, 2016
    West Central NC Annual Conference
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    Black Mountain, NC
  • May 30, 2016
    Memorial Day
    Memorial Day commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States.
  • May 31 - June 4, 2016
    Western NC Annual Conference
  • June 6, 2016
    Happy Anniversary
    Bishop & Mrs. George E. Battle, Jr. 46th Anniversary
    Piedmont Episcopal District
  • June 6-11, 2016
    172nd Session of the New England Annual Conference
    Host Church: Belmont A.M.E.Zion Church
    Presiding Prelate: Bishop Mildred B. Hines
    visit http://belmontamezion.com/2016-annual-conference/ for additional information.
  • June 19, 2016
    Father's Day
    Proverbs 14:26 He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.

  • June 21-26, 2016
    195th New York Annual Conference
    St. Catherine's AME Zion Church, Host Church
    Rev. Michael J. Rouse, Sr., Host Pastor
    670 White Plains Rd
    Tarrytown, NY 10591
  • July 4, 2016
    July 4th 1776 is celebrated as the birth of American Independence.
  • July 5-10, 2016
    50TH Session of the
    Cornwall Annual Conference
    Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies
  • July 20-26, 2016
    50th General Conference of the AME Zion Church
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Greensboro, NC
  • September 5, 2016
    Labor Day
    Labor Day was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

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