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 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.

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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.  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 A.M.E. 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 structures have been destroyed by civil war.

Overseas missions are a crucial component of the A.M.E. 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 A.M.E. 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 these amenities of life that help make up wholeness in an individual.”

The outward person is important, but the primary focus of the A.M.E. Zion Church remains spirituality and “sharing the good news of the gospel,” says the former senior bishop.  As we, the A.M.E. Zion Church, continue to expand and diversify our ministry, we also are preparing to lead an ever-increasing youthful church body into the next century.