A Synoptic Historical Overview
The Women’s Missionary Society is a structured organization from the local church to the connectional church of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This organization began in the Church in 1874 as the Mite Society later changing the name to Parent Mite Society. In the process of time (1883) Bishop Turner organized the Home and Foreign Missionary Department. These two societies operated separately for many years. In 1944, both societies reached a new era in missionary work. At this time they saw the need to merge and become “one”. Therefore, the two merged into one Society, known as the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Through this organized body the major focus is to fulfill the great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Throughout the Missionary Society’s existence, it has always had a spiritual concern for the social, economic, physical and spiritual life of the individual.
It is in the spirit of mission that we reach out, inspiring and motivating others to join hands with us to do a greater job. IN our struggles to serve we have kept our purpose relevant to contemporary times to serve humankind, where we find them, with a vision based in hopes for a better community to face a “new world” where all God’s children experience holistic living in a better quality of lifestyles.
By: Bettye J. Allen, Ed.D. September 1999