The primary leadership boards at Saint Paul African Methodist African Methodist Episcopal Church are the Stewards and Trustees.
As outlined in the discipline of the AME church, the pastor serves as the president of both boards. The vice chair or pro-tem acts in the pastor’s behalf when the pastor is absent. Trustees are elected annually and Stewards are appointed by the pastor.
The Steward Board is responsible for the financial and spiritual governance of the church. Stewards are charged with overseeing the fiduciary interests of the church as well as establishing operating policies and procedures. The Steward Board approves new initiatives, programs and capital expenses as recommended by the pastor. Stewards are appointed annually by the pastor.
The Trustee Board is responsible for the temporal concerns of the church. Trustees are charged with safeguarding all of Saint Paul’s real estate and other properties and for making improvements when necessary. Trustees are nominated by the Pastor and elected annually by the congregation.
There are a number of ways you can participate in ministry at Saint Paul AME Church. There are a number of organizations that play a vital role in the worship, spiritual growth and development and the overall ministry of the church. The organizations include the following: Stewardesses, Usher Board, Lay Organization, Women’s Missionary Society, Young People’s Department, Sons of Allen/Men’s Fellowship.
The Stewardess Board is responsible for providing the elements for Holy Communion. They also assist the ministerial staff with Holy Communion and Baptismal rites. Stewardesses are appointed by the pastor.
Senior Usher Board
The Senior Usher Board serves as the "Door Keepers" to the church. They greet you at the doors, pass out the Bulletins, and seat members in the sanctuary. The Ushers also assist the Stewards with the collection of Tithes/Offerings and help with the seating of people at the Communion table.
The Lay Organization of St. Paul AME Church is comprised of members of the congregation age 18 and older. The purpose of the Lay Organization is to organize and train the laity of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is dedicated to promoting the history, traditions, principals, discipline, evangelistic, financial and general well-being of African Methodism. The Lay is also charged with keeping alive the memory of our founder, Bishop Richard Allen. With respect to the constituted authority, or the pastor, the Lay Organization works to stimulate and educate the entire Laity in the total program of the church. The Lay also studies the book of Discipline and learns the law of the church. It encourages financial support of the church’s programs and teaches stewardship practices to the youth and new members. The Lay also supports various church programs and organizations and gets involved with social action in the church community.
Women's Missionary Society
As women called to discipleship to grow in knowledge and experience of God through Jesus Christ, committed to support the mission of the church, and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are challenged to help one another engage in ministry and action, and grow and respond in faith to God's redemptive plan for the church, the society and the world. The purpose of the organization shall be to implement mission programs and activities in local communities to fulfill the purpose of this organization, by providing a training ground for later Christian service to the Women's Missionary Society and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Young People's Department
The purpose of the organization shall be to implement mission programs and activities in local communities to fulfill the purpose of this organization, by providing a training ground for later Christian service to the Women's Missionary Society and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Son's of Allen
The Sons of Allen is a fellowship through which African American Methodist men can enhance their sense of belonging to the church, gain understanding and appreciation of the spiritual/social message of the church, develop latent manpower in the
Ushers the people of God into His presence through worship, song and exaltation.