OUR MISSION

Salter’s Chapel A.M.E. Church is a house dedicated to changing lives and building futures by helping blind folks to see, stuck folks to walk, the sick to get well, hard of hearing to hear, folks in dead situations to rise up, and the downtrodden and broken-hearted to receive good news.

 

 

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OUR VISION

We are striving to be the “city on a hill” congregation that:

  • Preaches a sound, liberating gospel through Spirit-filled worship
  • Professes eye-opening teaching through Sunday School and Bible Study
  • Prays without ceasing for the sick, the oppressed, and the poor
  • Practices outreach to the needy and disenfranchised
  • Preparing ourselves and our next generation for Christ-centered discipleship and leadership that is transformational and reviving

 

 

WHAT/WHO IS AME?

AME red-black-green Sheild 350In 1787, Reverends Richard Allen and Absalom Jones withdrew from the St. George Methodist Church because of “unkind treatment” and restrictions placed upon worshipers of African descent. They founded The Free African Society, which was the beginning of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1816, Richard Allen called together sixteen representatives from Bethel African Church in Philadelphia, and African Churches in Baltimore, Maryland; Wilmington, Delaware; Attleboro, Pennsylvania, and Salem, New Jersey, to meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A church organization or “connection” was organized as the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Richard Allen was the founder and first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church

To have a clear understanding of what each word in the name of our church means, brief comments are offered:

African

The word “AFRICAN” means that our church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that our church was founded in Africa, or that it is for people of African descent only. It simply means that those Americans who founded it were of African descent, and we proudly recognize this fact.

In the year 1787 Richard Allen, our founder, and a group of dark-skinned Americans of African descent were forced to organize themselves into a separate group for their own spiritual, social, educational and general growth and development. At that time, African American had not yet come into general use in reference to those of us who are now called Afro-American. All of our ancestors of that day were referred to as simply Africans. This particular group of Americans of African descent, under the leadership of Richard Allen, constituted the first and founding members of our church.

Methodist

Our church is a member of the family of Methodist Churches. Richard Allen, our founder and first active bishop, felt that no religious group or denomination would suit the capacity of his people as well as did Methodism. He was impressed with its emphasis upon the plain and simple gospel which the under-developed needed. He felt that Methodism had what we needed to encourage us to make progress, to worship God freely, and to fill every office which was available in church and in our total community.

Episcopal

The word “EPISCOPAL” refers to the form of government under which our church operates. The episcopal form of government means that the chief executive and administrative officers of our denomination are our Bishops. Their authority is given them by the General Conference.

Stated briefly, their responsibilities are to oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of our church, including presiding over annual conferences, making pastoral appointments, ordaining deacons and elders, organizing missions, and generally promoting the interest of the denomination.

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