Delaware State University is the site of this year’s Christian Education Congress of the 1st Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
The Christian Education Congress held afternoon and nightly worship services in the Education & Humanities Theatre.
This annual event of 1st Episcopal District – which encompasses AME churches in Delaware, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, New England and Bermuda – has attracted about 1,000 AME clergy and lay persons to the July 22-25 Congress.
“It is a Congress that is designed to educate all ages, empower leadership and provide inspiration for ministry,” said Rev. Jay B. Broadnax, the executive director the Congress. He added that the 1st Episcopal District likes hold the event at DSU because it gives its AME young people a sense of what it is like to be on a University campus.
The Congress – under this year’s theme of “First Things First” – is being led by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, the presiding prelate of the1st Episcopal District. The four-day event features spirited worship services replete with dynamic preaching and music as well as a series of core courses specifically designed for ministers, Christian educators, as well as other adult and youth lay persons.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1794 by its founder Richard Allen, who later became its first bishop. Today the AME Church has membership in 20 Episcopal Districts in 39 countries on five continents.