To Members of the Church Family:
One of the recommendations that grew out of our 201 1-2012 Congregational Survey was that we strengthen the Class System. Class Leaders – as Bishop Henry McNeal Turner said in his Polity of the AME Church – function as “sub pastors” who stay in touch with small groups of members to encourage their involvement and stewardship, communicate the program of the church and report any special needs or concerns to the pastor.
Functioning and active Classes are critical to the life of the church, and there has been no major change to the Class structure since the pastoral administration of the Reverend Allen W. Parrott. This year, we will restructure the Classes to assure that all active members are accounted for by the following procedure:
- The 60 existing Classes will be combined into 30 new Classes, with new numbers for some of those new Classes.
- An additional Class will be created for members who are out of town but wish to maintain their membership and so that we can identify and remove those who have left the church from the membership roll. Please understand that our doing so will in no way affect our present financial obligations to the Presiding Elder District, Annual Conference, Episcopal District or Connectional Church.
- The new membership roll by Classes will be published in the bulletin and distributed via e-mail no later than Sunday, November 18, 2012.
- A form for members who wish to change their new Class assignments and for the reporting of members who have left the church will also accompany the new membership roll by the same means of distribution. Changes should be requested no later than November 30, 2012.
- The new Class structure will go into effect on Decembet 1,2012. The present list of Class Leaders and Members will remain in effect until that time.
Thanks you for your attention and cooperation as we assure that Morris Brown AME Church is equipped, as Charles Wesley’s hymn says, “To Serve the Present Age.”
May God’s grace, blessings and peace with you,
Reverend Joseph A. Darby