Historic Election For African Delegation
History was made today at the 50th Quadrennial Session of the AME Zion Church General Conference when the Reverend Dr. Hilliard Dogbe and Reverend Dr. Uduak Effiong were elected bishop. There election signaled a major change in how, going forward, the church will be servicing its churches on the continent of Africa.

Except in a few cases, AME Zion churches in Africa were serviced by bishops who were not required to have their primary residence in the African country to which they were assigned when they became bishop. Every four years new bishops made their way to Africa as their first foray into the episcopacy. Five or six times a year these bishops made their way to major African countries to provide education, training and discipleship to pastors and members. Recently under the Restructuring Commission’s report, Mid-Atlantic I Episcopal District will be merged with Mid-Atlantic II, forming the Atlantic Episcopal District.

This opens up the opportunity to implement a 2012 General Conference requirement that bishops servicing Africa should be indigenous to the country. Because of that discussion and new requirement, the 2016 General Conference chose to have Eastern West Africa and Western West Africa serviced by two bishops who will be working and living in their episcopal districts.

This historical election puts into place one step in the realignment process that will be ongoing throughout the next few years as AME Zion implements major changes as to how they will be conducting business.
 

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