The Christian Education Department offers workshops, seminars, conferences and conventions that help develop effective skills in Christian Educators and those striving for a closer walk with the Lord. It also establishes curriculum and other standards to support Christian Education programs at every level of the church.
The department is organized into two divisions-the School and College Division and the Home and Church Division.
The Home and Church Division includes Varick's Children; Youth Ministries; Young Adult Ministries; Adult Ministries and Church School Literature. The Church School Editorial Section includes Church School Literature and operates under the auspices of the Home and Church Division of the Christian Education Department (CED).
The Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society was not officially organized as a national organization until 1880, but there were local and regional women’s organizations in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church that antedated the present organization. According to A Bicentennial Commemorative History, 1972-1996 by Bishop J. Clinton Hoggard, the women of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church shared the vision of spreading the Gospel of Christianity. They used their energies and resources to support the church in this effort.
The purpose of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to:
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;
Teach the concepts of Christian missions and provide experiences for participation in mission work and its ministries;
Exemplify the principles of Christian living and to win others to Christ;
Promote the cause of World Evangelism; and
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.
The Connectional Lay Council
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.