THERE IS A GREATER WORK!
United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
MISSION IMPERATIVE I.
Develop and cultivate a closer walk with Christ. As individual missionaries, let us commit to:
- Set aside at least 30 minutes each morning and 30 minutes each evening for personal Bible study, prayer, meditation.
- Fast 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at least once a week. Each society should agree to a common day to fast. If your health does not permit a food fast, give up something else (television, talking on the telephone, shopping, etc.) that might be a distraction to your developing a closer relationship with God for the fast period.
As societies, let us commit to:
- Use the Quadrennial Study Guide as the basis for Mission Study at every Mass Meeting to promote individual spiritual and leadership development.
- Develop Partners in Prayer and Praise Initiatives in each society. This will ensure that every missionary has at least one person with whom they pray, share praise reports and offer encouragement to on a regular basis. Building a relationship across departments is vital to consider matching members of the Parent Body, Buds, Youth Missionaries or YAMS.
- Promote and participate in the annual World Day of Prayer sponsored by Church Women United.
MISSION IMPERATIVE II.
Reduce hunger and poverty at home and abroad.
- Educate ourselves on the linkages between poverty and hunger.
- Provide nutritious breakfast for children.
- Feed the homeless, hungry and undernourished.
- Stock and distribute nutritious food items.
- Advocate for fair treatment of farmers here in the United States and abroad especially in developing countries.
- Promote fair trade to ensure goods and services exported to the United States from developing nations are sold at a fair price.
- Participate in the Offering of Letters (sponsored annually by Bread for the World International) to ensure The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church’s voice is heard as an advocate for justice.
- Adopt the Agape Sisters International model in all overseas areas. This initiative is aimed at lifting women (and their families out of poverty by using their gifts, talents and skills. The components include: Vocational Training, Health Education and Services, Community Infrastructure, Micro Finance, Fund Development, Policy and Advocacy, Community Education and Awareness and Volunteer Training and Development.
- Support and promote projects that improve water and environmental sustainability in developing nations where Zion has a presence and/or where there is a need. Ensure access to safe, clean drinking water to promote health and well being of all people.
MISSION IMPERATIVE III.
Help girls and young women to become strong, positive, productive Christian women.
- Establish and maintain Zion STARS (Zion Sisters Taking Active Responsibility for Sisters)—a mentoring initiative for girls 7-20 in local churches and/or on the district level. In addition to social, spiritual, cultural and other experiences ensure young women are appropriately exposed to missions.
MISSION IMPERATIVE IV.
Expand health initiatives in order to increase health knowledge, awareness and positive behavior among African Americans to specifically address HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes.
- Create or partner with others to develop an Abundant Life Ministry aimed at improving the health of all persons through nutrition, exercise and regular medical screenings.
- Partner with the Christian Education Department and Connectional Lay Council to develop and implement a Youth HIV/AIDS Train-the-Trainer model that trains and deploys at least 20 youth from each Episcopal district to speak directly to other young people about high risk behavior, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) including HIV infection.
- Implement at least one health awareness event quarterly in every local church and ensure that the effort reaches the community at large.
- Partner with local hospitals, clinics and other health service organizations to provide free or low cost screening for cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. and to promote health and wellness resources in and across your community.
MISSION IMPERATIVE V.
Help African American communities be better prepared for and/or respond to natural or human disasters or community crisis.
- Partner with the American Red Cross to sponsor Crisis Readiness Education and Training for local congregations.
- Ensure every local church has a crisis/disaster response plan.
- Stock items most often needed in disasters (canned food, bottled water, blankets, sheets, toiletries, first aide kits, etc,) in your local church for distribution during local crisis.
- Contribute funds and/or requested resources to the W.H. &O.M.S. Disaster Relief Fund to be sure that Zion has a coordinated response to regional, national or global crisis.
- Develop a plan to recruit and train at least 20 volunteers from each Episcopal area that can be deployed for “on the ground” community volunteer opportunities.
MISSION IMPERATIVE VI.
Increase the number of mission workers.
- Ensure there are youth and young adults actively involved in every community service/mission project.
- Collaborate with the Department of Overseas Missions to train, sponsor and support at least 4 students in a one month (or longer) overseas mission assignment in an area serviced by The A.M.E. Zion Church.
MISSION IMPERATIVE VII.
Increase Zion’s leadership, visibility and contributions to missions, social justice and advocacy.
- Ensure that all officers in local and district societies are members of and active participants in the National Council of Negro Women.
- Establish and maintain active membership in Bread for the World International.
- Develop a clear, consistent position on issues related to poverty, hunger and social justice.
- Communicate with elected officials, policy makers and advocacy groups at the, state and federal level on key issues related to economic development, education, health and related issues.
- Mobilize individual members of the W.H.O.M.S. and local church congregations to contact the appropriate elected official (s) when legislation on critical issues is being developed, debated or scheduled to be voted upon.
- Participate in the annual legislative conference sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
- Educate congregations on critical issues and candidate positions in national, state and local elections.
- Ensure that every member of your family, church and community is registered to vote.