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.
 

  • December 25, 2017
    Merry Christmas
    Galatians 4:4-5
    But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
  • January 1, 2018
    Happy New Year
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new!
  • January 15, 2018
    Martin Luther King Jr Day
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday for more information.
  • February 12-16, 2018
    Board of Bishops' and International Ministers & Lay Association Meeting
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
    235 East Main Street
    Norfolk, VA
    Register by February 5, 2018!
  • February 14, 2018
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday is always celebrated on a Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. For Christians, the day marks the first day of Lent and the starting of 6 weeks of fasting and penance.
  • February 14-March 29, 2018
    Lent
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each year and for Christians starts the 40 day period of fasting. The day represents the 40 days Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness.
  • February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day
    We love because he first loved us 1 John 4:19
  • March 11, 2018
    Daylight Savings Time
    Spring forward - Turn your clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (At 2 a.m. on March 11th, the clocks after they are moved forward an hour, will read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

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