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The Connectional Lay Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church 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 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. 

Mt. Olive's local Lay Council invited a very special guest to greet its members.  Zion's very own Harriet Tubman was honored for her many heroic, selfless contributions to the United States of America.  The Lay Council shared with the congregation Harriet's life story and it is interwoven in the history of the AME Zion Church.

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