Connectional AME Women In Ministry
This year’s quadrennial theme is “Standing United, Moving Forward, Stronger Together” derived from the story of Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 27:1-7). The story of Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah is centered around their pursuit of their father’s inheritance. Zelophehad’s daughters are mentioned in the scriptures 5 times (Num. 26:33; 27:1-7; 36:1-12; 1 Chr. 7:15; Josh. 17:1-6) they are examples of the strength of sisterhood and the power of prayer.
AME/WIM is the official professional organization for women pursuing excellence in ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. And is the prophetic voice for parity and justice through advocacy and activism for women in ministry.
As an international organization, AME/WIM is active in each of the 20 Episcopal Districts. AME/WIM serves, encourages and supports the work of women in Christian ministry. Currently, over four thousand women serve in ministerial capacities throughout the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Elected by its active women in ministry; an Executive Board provides leadership at each level (Episcopal District, Annual Conference and Presiding Elder District)
The mission of the AME/WIM is to define, enhance, support and expand the presence of women in ministry in leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
We recognize and support the work of women in ministry as an essential part of the leadership of the AME Church and seek to;
· Raise the consciousness of the AME Church on issues important to women.
· Address and eradicate sexism in the AME Church.
· Work to expand leadership opportunities for women in ministry in the AME Church.
· Support women in the pastoral ministry.
· Support women in specialized ministries including but not limited to: chaplaincy, writing, teaching, counseling, research, prison, youth, geriatric, singles, street, health care, family/life relations, music, homeless, HIV/AIDS and religious education ministries.
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Women with callings to ministry emerged soon after the inception of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in 1787. Jarena Lee, the first preaching woman, was allowed by Richard Allen to preach and was licensed but was refused ordination. Both women and men sought to persuade the church to recognize the call of women to the preaching ministry. In 1844, 1848 and 1852, petitions to the General Conference to license women were rejected, and in 1864 the General Conference let a resolution to license women die. Click Here To Read More>>>
At every level of the AME Church, (Episcopal Districts, Annual Conferences, and Presiding Elder Districts, ) we have ELECTED officers who serve our international network of preaching women in our Zion. Click Here for more information about our leadership>>>