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. All are welcome. 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. It means that the church is governed by bishops. The Chief executives and administrative offers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Council of Bishops and the Executive General Officers, who are elected.
“God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, The Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.
THE 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 on 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.