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Lay Organization of Mt. Pisgah 
 

"The Lay Organization is usually composed of three (3) or more persons formed for the purposes of: instilling in its membership a love and appreciation for the history, tradition and principles of African Methodism; advocating respect and loyalty to constituted authority; encouraging the support of the total program of the local church; fostering systematic and regular study which will provide greater knowledge and participation in the church; organizing and training lay members concerning the goals and objectives of the Connectional Lay Organization."

- The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2004, p.76.

 
Mt. Pisgah Lay Organization was organized in 1951 under the direction of Rev. Mansfield E. Jackson and has worked faithfully toward kingdom building since then under the various pastors. We instill in our membership a love and appreciation for the history, tradition and principles of African Methodism by learning what it is to be a good lay member and a good church member. We go over the laws of the church and we learn the history of our Zion. The local lay president and some of the lay members attend meetings on all levels of our church to keep informed of what is going on throughout African Methodism. A well-informed member is a better church member. The more you know about African Methodism, the more you will love and appreciate it.

 

 

We as lay members advocate respect and loyalty to constituted authority by ensuring that our members know the importance of working with our pastors and leaders; not against them. We know the importance of authority from the Bishop to the pew, and while we are informed and will not accept anything, we consider it a privilege to work well with our pastors and leaders.

 

 

We as lay members encourage the support of the total program of the church. The lay organization teaches tithing and instructs its members to work in all areas of the church. We appreciate our church and we do what we can to support the Pastor and the various ministries in the church. You will see laypersons active in all organizations, and being called on to participate in all areas of the church.

 

 

We foster systematic and regular study, which will provide greater knowledge and participation in the church. We study the discipline of our church and we learn about what's going on in our church. When we attend meetings on all levels, we learn and bring back the information to our members. With that we get a greater knowledge of our church and in turn we are greater participants in our church. You will find lay members working in all areas of Mt. Pisgah.

 

 

All persons in the church who are not clergy are laypersons. However, not all laypersons have become part of the organized lay organization.

 

 

The president of the local lay organization is Sister Margaret Miller. Our past president, Sister Cheryl Hammond Hopewell, is the President of the First Episcopal District Lay Organization.

 

The lay organization is the teaching and training entity of the AME Church. Our local lay organization meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm except July and August. We encourage you to join us and become informed members of this church and our Zion.
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