Church Organizational Structure
The Local Church
The pastor functions as the shepherd of the local church and assume all responsibilities related to the wellbeing of members of the church. The pastor is also responsible for the entire business and financial transactions of the church. The pastor is accountable to the African Methodist Episcopal Church's leadership through the Bishop of each Annual Conference of his Episcopal District and is directly supervised by the Presiding Elder of the District in which s/he pastored.
Stewards assist the pastor in all administrative, liturgical, and daily operational functions of the local church and the broader AME Church family. They assist the pastor in implementing courses of action to facilitate decision-making. Stewards are responsible for accounting for the accuracy of church membership and church finances. A steward must be a person of solid piety who knows and loves the Word of God and the Doctrine of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A steward must be fruitful and of good natural or acquired ability to transact the spiritual and temporal business of the church.
It is the duty of the Trustee to attend to the temporal concerns of God's church. Trustees are accountable for all expenditures related to the upkeep and maintenance of the church. They are additionally responsible for overseeing the discharge of all matters concerning all church properties. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, management, and maintenance processes of the Church's properties.
The class leader's responsibility is to provide support to their assigned members through visitation, communication, listening, and praying with and for them. They also act as liaisons to the pastor and the Official Board for the well-being of their assigned members. Class leaders must also motivate the members to participate in the means of grace, attend worship services, and to become involved in the total life of the Church and its related activities and events.
Christian Education Director
The Christian Education Department is responsible for the supervision and training of Christian workers, as well as the recruitment of workers to facilitate meeting the educational needs of the church. This ministry seeks to promote a learning environment that enhances the knowledge, interpretation, and understanding of God's Word and encourages Christian growth, development, and service. Special emphasis is given to our youth and young adults.
Auxiliaries assist in the administrative, liturgical, and daily operational functions of the local church and the broader AME Church family. They include but are not limited to organizations such as the Stewardess Boards, Usher Boards, and special interest groups.
Church Ministries are key to meeting the needs of the whole persons both without and within the congregation. They provide services and support in carrying out the mission of the church in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Church ministries provide the opportunity for every believer to utilize the gifts and graces God has bestowed upon every believer.