AME Church Celebrates 143 Years in Africa

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Bishop Dogbe concerns unity of the church

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church over the weekend celebrated its 143rd anniversary in Africa as members of the congregation reflected on the growth and development of the church, as well as the reunion and inspiration made possible by the centenary.

The event, which coincided with the church’s 108 annual session of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC), was attended by all branches of the church throughout the country.

The occasion was held under the theme, “The Freedom Church: Reviewing Our Practices,” which is one of the most instructive for the Western Episcopal District as a whole, but particularly for the AME as the Mother Conference.

Dr. Hillard K. Dela Dogbe, Right Reverend and Bishop of the Western West Africa Episcopal District, in his sermon expressed gratitude to God for bringing them thus far in unity as a church.

“If we are to accomplish our God-ordained mandate and experience growth and development, it is imperative that we be prepared and willing to review our old ways,” Dogbe challenged members of the congregation.

Members of the congregation at the AME church conference

Bishop Dogbe told the congregation that each of them will individually or collectively be inspired by the Holy Spirit to the glory of God at the end of the anniversary.

He further hailed his colleagues for remaining united and devoted to the call of God.

The Bishop was full of gratitude to the Board of Trustees, the pastors and their spouses, Presiding Elders, the Deacons at all levels and every other member for their positive contributions in diverse ways, which he believes brought the church thus far.

Dogbe meanwhile called on the preachers to be matured in their behavior, while preaching and transforming the lives of each member.

He then urged the congregation to remain committed to the LAC by seeking for support to empower the LAC and to also equip the Pastors with the necessary skills to propagate the word of God.

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