Message from the President: Mary J. Matthews

Greetings My Fellow Kingdom Builders:

Grace and peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Connectional Lay Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church. Thank you for taking time to visit the website. Through the ministry of this web site, we invite you to share in the wonderful experience of what it means to be a connectional church family.

I am humbled and yet, count it a high privilege to serve as your Connectional Lay Council President. I can only try to convey the deep appreciation I have to each of you for your vote of confidence in electing me to serve as your president.

We are standing on the brink of the 2013 – 2017 Quadrennium and I envision a credible, and productive four years that will give credence to the viability of Zion’s Laity.

My vision for the Connectional Lay Council includes active Lay Councils on all levels of the A.M.E. Zion Church that will intentionally inspire members to increase their knowledge of their role in service in the great Church of God through Zion Methodism. I envision Lay Ministries carried out by trained, accountable, vibrant, and Godly Lay leaders in every conference, district, and local church.

The Connectional Lay Council has embodied the Quadrennial theme as presented to us by our Episcopal Fathers during the 2012 General Conference: “Fortifying Our Faith While Focusing on Our Future Through: Worship, Leadership, Discipleship and Stewardship”. To fortify our faith as the Church of God and as Spirit-led members of the body of Christ, it is imperative for all of Zion Methodism to offer to the triune God our best individual and corporate Worship; develop Clergy and Lay transformative Leadership through accountability, integrity, and responsibility; be more intentional about our own Discipleship and the process of making disciples; and to embody Stewardship as our way of life. We believe it is essential that we use uniformity across the Church in implementing and practicing this Theme, and particularly, in every Lay organization in our Church and we therefore heartily encourage its use. The Connectional Lay Council touts our motto, “Come with Us to Christ”. It is our intent to not only extend the invitation, but to nurture each person who accepts.

There is power in vision when we embrace it and allow the presence of God to use us to accomplish His will. Great things are in store for the Church as we purposefully develop lay leadership and ministries to bless and reach others for Christ. It is a new day in Zion for the laity.

To God be the glory!

Mary J. Matthews, General President