Powerful Sermons and Spiritual Growth Mark AME Annual Conference

Rev. Aisha Karimah | 4/30/2009, 9:36 a.m.

The 59th Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Second Episcopal District, Washington Annual Conference concluded with a convincing and persuasive sermon delivered by the Presiding Prelate, Bishop Adam J. Richardson entitled, €I Believe in Jesus€. The Bishop€s sermon declared with conviction for all who may be wondering about the state of the Christian Faith that believers are strong, plentiful and very much alive and active.

The conference held at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland began with a profound and passionate sermon from Rev. Dr. Michael Bell, pastor, Allen Chapel AME Church, declaring, "The Proof Is In My Life".

The conference produced a week of powerful sermons, prayers for community and congregational growth, world peace and community revitalization. Staying true to its theme, €Celebrating a Political Milestone, Continuing a Prophetic Ministry€ by featuring two institute workshops, focusing on €Navigating through the Current Economic Crisis€ presented by Dr. Russell Price, School of Business, Howard University and €Recovery and Prophetic Ministry€ presented by Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder, Howard University€s School of Divinity.

The Women€s Missionary Society began the week with the missionary convention led by Mrs. Connie Speights Richardson, the Episcopal Supervisor of the Women€s Missionary Society. The Women in Ministry annual day presented a Christian Ethics workshop facilitated by Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, Howard School of Divinity Professor of Christian Ethics and Senior Pastor, Third Street Church of GOD. Rev. Dr. Sanders was also the speaker for the Women in Ministry€s luncheon.

The conference included the annual Lay witness service focusing on laity sowing seeds beyond the walls. The Sons of Allen Men€s Night Celebration recognized and honored men as well as, young men of the year from the congregations throughout the Washington Conference. Young people participated in the worship service and filled the sanctuary for the Youth night revival to hear a timely message from Rev. William Lee who preached in contemporary terms, €Saul meets T.I. on the road to Redemption€. Friday€s very sacred Service of Ordination and the Conference Service of Holy Communion heard from the dynamic Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning, who preached, €GOD is ABLE€.

The host Presiding Elder for the conference was Rev. Dr. Louis Charles Harvey, of the Potomac District. Rev. Dr. Goodwin Douglas of the Capitol District served the conference as the Associate Presiding Elder. The host pastors were Revs. Drs. Grainger and Jo Ann Browning.

The final action of the conference for Bishop Richardson was the reading of appointments, assigning pastors to a local congregation. In making the assignments, Bishop Richardson reminded the pastors and all present, that the world is full of clamoring and conflicting voices. The Bishop€s instructions were before you decide to preach something else, look at Jesus. The Bishop declared that if anyone is wondering if Christ is alive or if Jesus is relevant, they simply have not been to the Washington conference.

Rev. Aisha Karimah is a member of the Ministerial Staff at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church.