BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The ministry of the Board of Trustees includes duties and responsibilities assigned by the A. M. E. Zion Book of Discipline. They include: (a) responsibility for the physical maintenance and safeguard of the real property, physical equipment and all other assets owned by the church; (b) to insure that order and decorum prevail in the church at all times; and (c) to perform the duties of the stewards where there is not a duly constituted Board of Stewards.
BOARD OF STEWARDS
The ministry of the Board of Stewards includes duties and responsibilities assigned by the A. M. E. Zion Book of Discipline. They include: (a) receiving and making an exact account of all funds for the support of the church’s ministry; (b) providing a parsonage or other housing arrangements for the pastor and the pastor’s family; (c) providing relief for members in need; and (d) assisting the minister to promote and encourage spiritual growth of all members of this society.
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The Christian Education Department is made up of various departments of the local church. Its duties are: (a) to make provisions for the organization, guidance and supervision of Christian Education of children, youth and adults in the local church; (b) to provide a unified and coordinated program thus eliminating over-lapping and unnecessary duplication; (c) to make policies to govern the work and involve a cross-section of the congregation in planning for the Board and Department.
BOARD OF DEACONESSES
The Deaconess Board is a group of women with deep spiritual values and high moral character, consecrated by the Pastor. The women (a) visit the sick, the un-churched and shut-in; (b) counsel the lonely and depressed; (c) pray with and for those who desire prayer; (d) assist with the Sacraments of the Church, i.e., assist candidates and prepare for Holy Baptism and make sure the proper garments dress the Altar.
BOARD OF STEWARDESSES
The ministry of the Board of Stewardesses includes duties assigned by the A. M. E. Zion Book of Discipline. They are to (a) assist the Preacher’s Steward; and (b) make provisions for the support and comfort of the Pastor and his family.
BOARD OF USHERS
Members of the Usher Board serve as doorkeepers for the church. Members should be at post 25 minutes before service in order to receive your assignments from the head usher & greet everyone with a friendly word and a smile; be sincere and natural. Ushers should be alert in case someone becomes ill or there is an odd situation during the service and offer help quietly. Be personable and warm in ushering people to their seats. Seat worshippers at the appropriate time. Be watchful because minister or head usher may make special requests during the worship service.
CLASS LEADERS COUNCIL
The Class Leaders attend Class Leader meetings; visit members that are absent; visit the sick; and report to the Pastor the spiritual & physical conditions of all members on her/his class.
The Budget & Finance committee has the following tasks: 1. To formulate the church’s budget for the approval of the membership 2. To keep records and make regular checks on the finances to monitor faithfulness to the budget 3. To inform the membership every three months of the relationship between the proposed and actual budget 4. To make necessary adjustments to the budget
The purpose of the Stewardship Team is to ensure adequate payment/attention to recurring, occasional and/or one-time church expenses. This ministry is directly involved with the day-to-day function of the church’s finance accountabilities.
WHOMS (Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society)
The Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of Faith AME Zion Church works in concession with the purpose described in the denomination’s Book of Discipline. Its purpose is to: (a) Promote growth in the knowledge and understanding of God and His plan of redemption for the world, as revealed through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit; (b) Teach the concepts of Christian missions and provide experiences for participation in mission work and its ministries; (c) Exemplify the principles of Christian living and to win others to Christ; (d) Promote the cause of World Evangelism; and (e) Serve as a financial support system to under gird the world mission outreach of the A.M.E. Zion Church at home and overseas, to the end that, through the power of the Holy Spirit; Christ is exalted and God is glorified. There are six (6) departments comprising the Woman’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society:
- The Parent Body – 41 years and up
- The Young Adult Missionary Society (YAMS) – 22 to 40 years old
- Young Woman’s Society (Y’s) – 13 to 21 years old
- The Buds of Promise – 3 to 12 years old
- The Bureau of Supply to which donations are sent for overseas ministry (medicine, spiritual resource materials, food, clothing, etc.)
- The Life Members Council – made up of Life members and Life Matrons/Patrons
ALTAR GUILD & ACOLYTES
Altar Guild - The Altar Guild is the ministry of preparing and maintaining the vessels and vestments used at the altar. Acolytes – The Ministry of the Acolytes includes participation in the Sunday Morning Worship Service by lighting the altar candles to call the congregation to worship and extinguishing the altar candles.
DANIEL INTERCESSORY PRAYER/BARNABAS MINISTRY
The Daniel Ministry centers on intercessory prayer. The ministry conducts intercessory prayer weekly for the lost, the ill, those with different types of trials in their lives, the church, staff, church leaders, missionaries, the country, military, the community, and the ministries of the church.
MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY & PUBLIC RELATIONS MINISTRY
The Media/Technology Ministry provides audio/visual support, recordings or presentations of/for church services and special events. This ministry also works to share information about our church, its mission, vision, ministries and events through printed forms of publicity, electronic media, and word of mouth.
MEN OF FAITH
Men of Faith seeks to meet the spiritual needs of the men in the church, community, workplace and home, through prayer and fellowship; to help men realize their spiritual gifts through consistent programs of Bible study. It challenges men to understand the need for being great male role models and witnesses for Christ.
WOMEN OF FAITH
Women of Faith offers opportunities for women to grow spiritually serve faithfully and strengthen their love of Christ, the Church and one another. The ministry allows women to bond in sisterhood through activities that enrich their lives and the communities they reside in.
The Music Ministry provides spiritual inspiration through song for all major services of the church. Music Ministry members should be ready and robed at least 15 minutes before worship services begin at home or at visiting churches & attend faithfully choir rehearsals, so as to provide the best in quality singing and service. Members should see that the written music for all special selections is in its proper place at all times. Following usage, each member should remove and hang carefully and properly their choir robe.
HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY
The Health Ministry is comprised of medical professionals and health service providers from throughout the church. They provide information promoting awareness to sensitive health issues (breast cancer, diabetes, nutrition, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.). Members of the Health Ministry provide medical assistance and emergency first aid to individuals during worship services and other church activities.
The Culinary Ministry purpose is to keep the kitchen, dishes, appliances & other relative items clean and in good working condition. This ministry provides guidance on the policies for the use of the kitchen & related equipment/items. The Culinary ministry also provides refreshments and/or meals for special days upon request and help to ensure the kitchen is available to other authorized persons or organizations to whom may need its use.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELISM
Serves in effort to be a light and witness of the Gospel to all by declaring that Jesus Christ is Lord.
BREAD MINISTRY/TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY
Provides FREE bread and baked goods weekly to the community. Deliverance service each Tuesday at 10am.
The Progressive Club of Metro Atlanta is an outreach organization for AME Zion churches in Metro Atlanta. The Club works to assist any of the church organizations with donations and support. They donate annually to a coat fund for children and host a Palm Sunday Activity.
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
The Ministry of the Lay Council focuses on: (a) deepening the spiritual life of the laity; (b) disseminating information; (c) cultivating denominational loyalty; (d) expanding the denomination through education and evangelism; and (e) promoting the Kingdom of God.
The primary function of this position is to provide administrative support for the life of the Church.
The Administrator collaborates with the clergy, staff and lay leadership to provide administrative support for the ministries of the congregation. The Administrator is responsible for communications systems; record keeping; financial bookkeeping; coordination of building use, access, and maintenance; public relations; and general administrative support. Provides various levels of backup support to Ministry Asst. to the Pastor as needed.
MINISTRY ASST. TO THE PASTOR:
The primary function of this position is to directly support the office of the Pastor. The Assistant is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with all ministry areas; arranging projects and special events as directed by the Pastor; assisting with worship planning; serving as a resource for other ministry areas in relation to Pastors’ ministry; and researching and other tasks as assigned by the Pastor.
FAITH WORKS VOLUNTEERS:
Duties for Volunteers are based on completion of the Faith Works Administrative Training Program and include but are not limited to serving as the church receptionist to answer phones and questions, assist with mailings and publications, and other simple office tasks.
The Marriage Ministry provides couples and those contemplating marriage, enriching opportunities for growth in their relationship and lifelong commitment. The ministry focuses on Biblical principles, fellowship, seminars, retreats and fun group activities.
Singles Ministry seeks to create a safe gathering place for single Christians to experience the grace and forgiveness of God; network with single believers to find healing; “get to know one’s self;” all resulting in a more rich and stronger relationship with the one true God.
The Vision Team promotes the Lifestyle Stewardship Sacrificial Giving Campaign that involves the process of developing yourself spiritually and economically so that you are able to contribute to building God’s Kingdom.
The Audit Committee is accountable to the Congregation for auditing the financial records of the church. It shall consist of not less than three (3) members.
The Clothing Ministry is dedicated to providing clean clothes for men, women and children in the surrounding community, our congregation, and countries around the world. As an outward expression of Christ’s love, we hope to meet the practical needs of those seeking assistance.
SENIORS ALIVE IN CHRIST
Our mission is to keep seniors involved, informed, in prayer and fellowship with each other and seniors in the community.