At entry level of the connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original 'Free African Society', out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of the church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
The mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
Our Core Beliefs:
(a) Of faith in the Holy Trinity, (b) of the Word, and Son of God, (c) of the resurrection of Christ, (d) of the Holy Ghost, (e) of the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose founders affirmed their humanity in the face of slavery and racism, stands in defense of disadvantaged and oppressed peoples in the 21st century. From the origins in the Free African Society through the involvement of the AME clergy and lay in the Civil War of the 1860's and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, the AME Church has preached salvation from sin and deliverance from bondage. The mission expanded to others within the African Diasporas in the Americas, Africa, Caribbean and Europe. Whether in schools, seminaries, hospitals or social service centers, the AME Church has lived the gospel outside its sanctuaries. This mandate still informs its ministry, vision and mission in the Church's third century of existence.