Recent events in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, has caused me, on behalf of the Board of Bishops and my responsibilities both as a member of the board and as Senior Bishop, to speak to the A.M.E. Zion Connection on our status as it relates to those recent events.

As you know, in His infinite wisdom, God has called two members of our episcopacy to their heavenly home. All has taken place within six months. For us, these are unprecedented events that have left huge voids in our leadership ranks. Not just physically, but Bishop McCoy and Bishop Holmes made major contributions and performed incredible work in and for the church. I mourn deeply for these losses as do all their colleagues on the board both active and retired and the church membership as well.

But, there is one irrefutable fact that is our constant that we can know and stand on, that is, without any doubt, GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE! His immeasurable love for us and His church will guide us and keep us if we, as Bishop Walker stated on Monday, “exercise patience”. The Board has the resolve to rededicate ourselves to the work of this powerful church body. This is not a time to be lax or complacent! We will not stand down from our stated goals nor lose sight of the message of the cross that we will continue to share world-wide through our annual conferences, district conferences and especially through our local churches. This is NOT a time to be critical for we have never been in this place before. So, be mindful of the old adage, “. . . Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes”.

Our focus as we go forward shall be in prayer. I ask that you pray daily for our church and our local church leadership. Pray for the ten remaining active servants who by way of the Discipline of the A. M. E. Zion Church have the responsibility to guide this great denomination through some troubled times. And, let us not forget the two families who have a greater pain than we to work through. Pray for Bishop McCoy’s and Bishop Holmes’ families. Make sure they know of our constant love for them as they go forward with their lives.

From time to time, the Board will be using this platform to inform and encourage you as we go forward and meet the challenges that lie ahead. Just know that although we have not been in this place before, GOD knows all about us! Let’s trust Him and act accordingly.

In His Service,

Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.

Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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