African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church


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African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church,

Methodist denomination. It was founded in 1796 by black members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City and was organized as a national body in 1821. The church operates in the United States, Africa, South America, and the West Indies and maintains Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. The U.S. membership of the church in 1998 was about 1.2 million, making it one of the largest African Methodist bodies.

Bibliography

See D. H. Bradley, A History of the A.M.E. Zion Church (2 vol., 1956–70).

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The desire of Mother Zion's existing ministers to preserve their own prestige and independence ensured a separate denominational status for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Such status remained orthodox, disciplined, and hierarchical in structure.
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The nine denominations were: African Methodist Episcopal Church; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; Episcopal Church; International Council of Community Churches; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); United Methodist Church; and United Church of Christ.
In addition to the Progressive Baptists, the denominations involved are: the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Baptist Convention of America and the National Baptist Convention of the U.S.A., the nation's largest African-American church group with 8.5 million members.
One way it may accomplish that is by merging with one of its sister denominations, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. "We've been working together for years.
After attempting to unite with predominantly white Methodist churches, and finding himself subject to prejudice and discrimination, he joined the New Bedford Zion Methodists, a local black branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. He rose in that church from sexton to preacher.
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (founded in 1796); 4,593 churches, membership of 1,100,000 as of 1967; 6,000 churches, membership of 1,200,000 as of 1994.
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