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AME @THE WELL

Who we are

As a diverse church community that loves Jesus and Durban, we exist to connect people to Jesus and each other. Our aim is simply to be a community of people whose lives, teachings, worship, service, and mission are lived out in imitation of Jesus Christ and His teachings.

AME @The Well is a church full of imperfect people that worship a perfect God! Here, you won’t be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation. No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have, our church is a place where you’ll find the grace, mercy, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone.

As we are part of a larger group of churches called the African Methodist Episcopal Church, we have included some information about the AME Church as a whole below.

Our Church Family

The International A.M.E. Church

The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.

The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel.

Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.

The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.

THE VISION

At every 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 Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.

THE PURPOSES

The ultimate purposes are:

make available God’s biblical principles,
spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and
provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.

THE OBJECTIVE

In order to meet the needs of every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in:

(1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.

“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer,
the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family.”

Bishop Daniel A. Payne proposed to the 1856 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church convening in Cincinnati, Ohio that the episcopal seal should include the denominational creedal statement, God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Man Our Brother. This declaration of A.M.E. faith identity became the denominational motto until 1908, when a surge of pentecostalism in 1906 in Los Angeles at the Azusa Street mission, the former site of First A.M.E. Church, convinced African Methodists to alter the motto. Hence, the 1908 General Conference meeting in Norfolk, Virginia placed on the published minutes, God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Ghost Our Comforter, Man Our Brother.

The 1912 General Conference convening in Kansas City, Missouri retained the altered statement of A.M.E. belief. The centennial General Conference of 1916 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, however, made no reference to new the A.M.E. motto, and since that time Bishop Payne’s original formulation of the motto appeared on all denominational documents and published materials.

At the 2008 General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri an inclusive motto was adopted and now declares God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family. The evolution of our motto demonstrates that African Methodists engage in ongoing assessments of our theology and how God speaks to us in changing circumstances.

Dennis C. Dickerson
Retired General Officer

The AMEC grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia in 1787. When officials at St. George’s MEC pulled blacks off their knees while praying, FAS members discovered just how far American Methodists would go to enforce racial discrimination against African Americans. Hence, these members of St. George’s made plans to transform their mutual aid society into an African congregation. Although most wanted to affiliate with the Protestant Episcopal Church, Allen led a small group who resolved to remain Methodists. In 1794 Bethel AME was dedicated with Allen as pastor. To establish Bethel’s independence from interfering white Methodists, Allen, a former Delaware slave, successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts in 1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation to exist as an independent institution. Because black Methodists in other middle Atlantic communities encountered racism and desired religious autonomy, Allen called them to meet in Philadelphia to form a new Wesleyan denomination, the AME.

Today, the African Methodist Episcopal Church has membership in twenty Episcopal Districts in thirty-nine countries on five continents. The work of the Church is administered by twenty-one active bishops, and nine General Officers who manage the departments of the Church.

(For a more details history of our church, click here)

 

To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles’ Creed and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion:

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead’ he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

ARTICLES OF OUR FAITH

1. OF FAITH IN THE HOLY TRINITY

2. OF THE WORD OR SON OF GOD, WHO WAS MADE VERY MAN

3. OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

4. OF THE HOLY GHOST

5. THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES FOR SALVATION

6. OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

7. OF ORIGINAL OR BIRTH SIN

8. OF FREE WILL

9. OF THE JUSTIFICATION OF MAN

10. OF GOOD WORKS

11. OF WORKS OF SUPEREROGATION

12. OF SIN AFTER JUSTIFICATION

13. OF THE CHURCH

14. OF PURGATORY

15. OF SPEAKING IN THE CONGREGATION IN SUCH A TONGUE AS THE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND

16. OF THE SACRAMENTS

17. OF BAPTISM

18. OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

19. OF BOTH KINDS

20. OF THE ONE OBLATION OF CHRIST, FINISHED UPON THE CROSS

21. OF THE MARRIAGE OF MINISTERS

22. OF THE RITES AND CEREMONIES OF CHURCHES

23. OF THE RULERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

[1] It is acknowledged that the African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in the United States. However, the African Methodist Episcopal Church is an international Christian body with constituents around the world, and a Christian witness that is both parochial and global. Article 23 presumes the duty, loyalty and patriotism of our constituents, as citizens of sovereign nations, to obey just laws, to recognize and respect the organizational structure, and to uphold the Constitution of the country or nation-state in which our members hold the rights and privileges of citizenship. Further, obedience to Civil Government is one of the principle duties of all persons, and was honored by our Lord and His Apostles. Though differing in form and policy, all just governments rightfully commend the obedience, loyalty, support, and defense of all Christian men and women they control and protect.

24. OF CHRISTIAN MEN’S GOODS

25. OF A CHRISTIAN MAN’S OATH

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The African Methodist Episcopal Church is a connectional organization. Each local church is a part of the larger connection.

The Bishops are the Chief Officers of the Connectional Organization. They are elected for life by a majority vote of the General Conference which meets every four years. Bishops are bound by the laws of the church to retire upon the General Conference nearest their 75th birthday.

Pastors receive a yearly appointment to a charge (church), on the recommendation of the Presiding Elder and with the approval and final appointment of the Bishop. The pastor is in full charge of the Church and is an ex-official member of all boards, organizations, and clubs of that Church.

(click here to view the organizational chart)

Church Leadership

Serving the Community. Serving God

Rt. Rev PJM Kawimbe

Bishop – 19th Episcopal District 

The Rt. Rev PJM Kawimbe is the 121 elected and consecrated Bishop of the AME Church. He is currently serving the Church as the Prelate of the 19th Episcopal District.

The 19th Episcopal District is made up of Five Annual Conferences which span over six provinces (namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State & Kwa-Zulu Natal) in the Republic of South.

The rev SAP Mbambo

Presiding Elder – Durban District

The Rev SAP Mbambo is the Presiding elder of the Durban District.

As a Presiding Elder he is the link between the Episcopal office and the local churches. He provides oversight to six local churches in the Durban jurisdiction, one of them being AME @The Well

Rev TP Musana

Pastor – AME Church @The Well

Rev TP Musana has and continues to serve God through ministry in the AME Church. His service has, included service in the YPD Ministry of the church, Social Community work, setting up and running a child-care service and foundational education to children from indigent families.

He was ordained in 2015. In 2016, the good Lord saw fit to appoint him the local Pastor at AME @ The Well.