General President: Mary J. Matthews
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Connectional Lay Council
P.O. Box 26770
Charlotte, NC 28221-6770

Website Address
connectionallaycouncil.org

Departmental Information

The Connectional Lay Council was created with the specific purpose of deepening the spiritual life of the Laity, to disseminate information, to cultivate denominational loyalty, to expand the denomination through education and evangelism, and to promote any other interest of the Kingdom of God.

As witnesses of the grace and mercy of God, the Connectional Lay Council, of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, exists to prepare and equip laity for life discipleship in the Kingdom of God. We do this by maintaining effective ministries that evangelize, encourage and edify laity in the A. M. E. Zion Church.

As servants of the Most High God, and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ that are guided by the Holy Spirit, the vision of the Connectional Lay Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to prepare the lay members of our denomination for a life of service in the Kingdom of God.

We will do this by:

1. Developing ourselves and others as Christian disciples.
2. Helping others to know, worship and follow Christ in spirit and in truth.
3. Collaborating and cooperating across organizational, institutional and denominational boundaries to minister to the masses.

Our motto “Come with us to Christ” is the impetus for implementing ministries that are positive in transforming people’s lives spiritually, socially and economically; in promoting fellowship with God and other believers, as well as those who are not saved. We affirm our belief that no one is too old, too young, too rich, too poor, too saved or even too lost to benefit from the ministries offered by the Lay Council. Membership in the Lay Council is not a prerequisite to benefit from the Lay Council’s ministries. However, all laity in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church are strongly encouraged to catch the vision for Christian Leadership, Accountability, Stewardship and Christian Service so that, together, we might usher in the Kingdom of God through the A. M. E. Zion Church.

The Connectional Lay Council is governed by elected officers consisting of a president, first and second vice presidents, recording secretary, financial secretary, treasurer, chaplain and an Executive Board. This board consist of all elected officers, Regional Directors, the chairpersons of all standing committees, the parliamentarian, the editor of Laity Speaks/The Connection, the President Emeritus and the immediate past president.
 

  • The Episcopal Committee of the 50th Quadrennial Session of the AME Zion Church General Conference makes the following Episcopal Leadership Assignments for the 2016-2020 Quadrennial.

  • July 20-26, 2016
    WATCH THE GENERAL CONFERENCE LIVE!
    Visit http://www.amezgc.org/watch-live.html to watch the 50th Quadrennial General Conference live throughout the week. Once on the website select "Watch Live" from the menu items on the left in purple.
  • Celebration of Life for
    Bishop Richard Keith Thompson
    Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District
    The Board of Bishops along with the entire A.M.E. Zion Church Family are in sadness over the passing of Bishop Richard K. Thompson. Bishop Thompson, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016 after an extended illness.

     

    Arrangements
    Family Visitation time will be from 9:00am - 11:00am. The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:00am. Services will be held at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 3505 16th Street NW in Washington, DC 20010, Telephone: 202-328-2388.

     

    McGuire Funeral Services, Inc. are in charge of the arrangements. They are located at 7400 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20012, Telephone: 202-882-6600.

     

    In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that contributions be made to the Bishop Richard K. Thompson Endowment Scholarship at Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, North Carolina 28114.

     

    We ask that you keep the Thompson family in your thoughts and prayers.

  • 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.
  • September 14-18, 2016
    122nd North Alabama Annual Conference
    Beautiful AME Zion Church
    Tuscaloosa AL
  • September 27-30, 2016
    Leadership Training Institute
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Greensboro NC
  • October 17, 2016
    Boss's Day
    Boss's Day also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a time for many workers to appreciate their employers.
  • November 8, 2016
    Election Day
    Citizens in the US who are registered can vote by popular ballot for candidates for public office at local, state, and national levels.
    Check your local Board of Elections websites for absentee, early voting, and other information and resources.
  • January 1, 2017
    Happy New Year
    “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”  Psalm 65:11
  • November 16-20, 2016
    97th Session of the Pee Dee Annual Conference
    Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    745 Saluda Street. Rock Hill SC
    Cheraw-Bennettsville District, Host

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