Dear Sons and Daughters of Varick:
The International Ministers and Lay Association in collaboration with the Connectional Lay Council are excited that each of you may be joining us November 7-9, 2018 at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center for the Legislative Summit. The Summit is designed to serve as a special legislative prelude to the 51st Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 2020. The purpose is instructional pertaining to the legislative process, and the development of pertinent legislation which will help to strengthen our beloved Zion. The goal is to make significant progress in helping to craft legislation, in the same spirit that Apostle Paul directed the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 14:40, “but all things should be done decently and in order.” We anticipate a productive summit as we build consensus, collaborate and work through compromises resulting in proposed legislation that will transform and sustain Zion.
The Legislative Summit will be A-Political as committees will deal with every major aspect of the church, including brief presentations on General Conference Rules, Roberts Rules of Order, legislation geared towards our Children and Youth, Millennials and Young Adults, Social Justice and the role and responsibilities of potential delegates.
With just a week out, Dr. Matthews, the Connectional Lay Council, The Ministers and Lay Association and I look forward to your arrival, contributions, talents and gifts which will be utilized to help bring to fruition God’s perfect plan. Persons who have yet to register may do so on-site in Rock Hill. God’s traveling mercies upon us all.
In His Service,
Dr. Mary Matthews, International President, Connectional Lay Council
Dr. Anthony Witherspoon, International President, Ministers and lay Association