Our Mission

“The goal of church is not to have a bigger building or budget but to see the word of God increase and disciples multiply.”

Kevin DeYoung

Change the world with us

The mission of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to increase our love for God and to help meet the needs of humankind by “Loving God with all our heart”

Our Mission Statement

With all our soul, and with our entire mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Implicit in this statement is the belief that the church should have a positive relationship to humankind horizontally. We also share in the mission of His Son Jesus Christ, in “healing the sick, helping the blind to receive sight, the lame to walk, the leper to be cleansed, the deaf to hear, the dead to be raised, and the poor to have the Good News preached to them.” – Luke 4:18.

We actualize this mission by praising God, by being obedient to the demands of the Gospel, by telling the story of God’s gracious acts in creating and redeeming the world, by inviting persons to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and by serving as ministers of God’s liberating and reconciling grace.

Along with its emphasis on ministry and social change here in the United States, the denomination has focused much of its attention and energies on outreach abroad. To date, the AME Zion Church has member churches on all continents except Australia. In West Africa, in particular, the denomination has set up numerous schools and clinics throughout Ghana and Nigeria. The Church also has facilities in Liberia, though some of its main structures have been destroyed by civil war.

Overseas missions are a crucial component of the AME Zion Church’s outreach, but the denomination believes in charity starting at home. That is why, over the years, several individual churches have implemented programs to help families to find low-income housing, jobs, financial planning assistance, health care and day care services. “Our concern is for the whole person,” says the bishop, the (retired former) senior bishop of the AME Zion Church. “We have a holistic approach and a holistic gospel. We don’t feel that we live in a kind of compartmentalized sense, but that life is a complete whole. So we have to be concerned about all of those amenities of life that help make up wholeness in an individual.”

The outward person is important, but the primary focus of the AME Zion Church remains spirituality and “sharing the good news of the gospel,” says the former senior bishop. As we, the AME Zion Church continues to expand and diversify its ministry, we also are preparing to lead an ever-increasing youthful church body into the next century.



Our Church exists to make, mature and multiply disciples of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God.

We make disciples through sharing the good news of Jesus with our words and living out the implications of the good news of Jesus in our lives.

We mature disciples through growing in our understanding and application of the good news of Jesus to our lives.

We multiply disciples through spreading the glory of God in our local community while interacting with our neighbors, children, and businesses

 to bring a strong faith presence to York PA.




We pursue our mission together by having a vision to do three simple things:
Love Christ
We want to be a community that is most excited about one thing: the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that loving Christ is to be pursued in every
facet of our lives—with our time, work, money, and more—as we consider the broad implications of the gospel. Corporately we nurture this love for
Christ by gathering as a church to worship Jesus by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the
sacraments of baptism and communion (1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, Colossians 3:1-17). Loving Christ is a triune act,
because in Christ, God the Father is fully revealed (John 14:9) and the Holy Spirit is the revealer (John 14:26). Our desire is that the Holy
Spirit of God would so fill us with love for the Son of God, that the Father God would be glorified in our hearts and through our lives.
Love Each Other
Truly loving each other is a radical call amid a church culture of mere Sunday morning attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual care,
consistency and authenticity as we seek to worship the person of Christ and encourage the work of Christ in our lives. Though each Christian has a
personal relationship with God, we believe the Bible teaches that our relationship with God is meant to be fleshed out in community. The Bible calls
us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people,
serving each other with words and actions. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Love Our City
Loving Christ and loving each other leads us to reach out in love to those around us. As people who live in Philly we want to be committed to loving this
great city in word and deed. With our words we want to proclaim the Gospel, so that people might hear and put their faith in Jesus (Romans 10:13-15).
With our deeds we want to display the radical love that God has for the city, so that people might see our good works and give glory to God
(Matthew 5:16). By saying that we love the city, we aren’t trying to be exclusive. We believe that if we allow God’s love for the city to be our love for the
city, then God can take those small steps of faithfulness and use them to turn us into a multiplying community that will spread beyond our city to
wherever God leads.


Like any family, there are certain things that we want to mark us as a church family. As we pursue our mission by living out our vision we want to have
a church culture that cares about:
1. Gospel Centrality
We believe the good news of Jesus – that through faith in him our sinful lives are covered by his sinless life, that our judgment of death is covered by
his death on the cross and that we are raised to new life through the new resurrected life that Jesus now lives – is central to everything we are as
individuals and as a church. We never move on from this gospel, but seek to continually move in to deeper understanding and experience of the gospel.
2. Community
The gospel creates a new community which brings together diverse people to live in unity as we pursue Jesus and His mission. This community takes
place through local churches where deep relationships are pursued. For us, church is not a building or a service time, but who we are as a community
on mission together.
3. Mission
We believe Jesus has sent the church into the world for the mission of making, maturing and multiplying his disciples to the ends of the earth until He
returns. Embracing our identity as sent by Jesus is essential to understanding that all of life (at work, at home, on our block, in our church community)
is mission.
4. Serving
Just as Jesus sacrificially served us, so too we want to sacrificially serve those in our church, as well as our neighborhoods. We want to do this by using
our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor and the powerless.
5. Diversity
One of the best expressions of the unique unity that the gospel of Jesus brings is through having diverse people embrace that gospel in community
together. We are intentionally seeking to be a church that reflects the beautiful diversity in our neighborhood through multiple generations,
socioeconomic statuses and ethnicities.
6. Equipping
We believe that each person has gifts given to them by God that will help build us together as a community on mission for Jesus. We are committed to
helping people identify, develop and deploy their gifting for the good of the church and the glory of God.

7. Urban Imperative
We believe that if the church is going to have a strategic influence in our culture for the fame of Jesus, cities should be the focus of our missional efforts.

For us, that means that while we want to be part of gospel expansion wherever possible, we are most committed to seeing that happen in our city,

Philadelphia. We work out our love for our city by being committed to our local neighborhoods and we pray that God would use us to start other

neighborhood churches throughout Philadelphia.

8. Next Generation
We are committed to passing down our mission, vision and values to the next generation by engaging children and youth with age specific teaching,

modeling Christ centered lives and intentionally integrating them into the life of the church. You can find out more information about how we engage

the next generation by clicking on Christ Church Kids or Christ Kids Youth Group.