Journey of H.O.P.E.

2023 Annual Ministries in Christian Education Training and Planning Meeting: A Hybrid Gathering

African Methodist Episcopal Church

April 13-15, 2023

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, MO

Bishop Frank Madison Reid III
Chair, Commission on Christian Education

Bishop Clement W. Fugh
Host Bishop, Fifth Episcopal District Education

Rev. Garland F. Pierce
Executive Director, Department of Christian Education

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tyler
Host Episcopal District Director of Christian Education

About Our Theme


and HOPE does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5 NRSV


Christian Education is an ongoing process of learning, growing, and even changing. This is true for congregations and communities and especially true of individual disciples. The Department has embarked on a program of H.O.P.E. and this annual meeting is one stop of the journey of this formation process for congregations, ministry components, and individual disciples. The Department has initiated congregational learning labs that are striving to help congregations harvest from their tradition, observe their ministry context and reflect on their gifts and challenges, pivot in order to respond to the ministry call before them, and enliven their witness and service in the world. Christian Education or faith formation in its discipleship-making calls the individual throughout their Christian life to harvest from past experiences and faith practices that have helped to shape them, observe their present state and the state of family and community around them, pivot to make necessary changes, and work and pray for the Holy Spirit to enliven transformation. Throughout the biblical witness and Christian faith, hope has been a central theme. For MCE 2023, hope will be our method, our call, our watchword, and our aim. Come, share, and give an account of the hope which lies within you for Christ is our peace, joy, and HOPE.


We would love to see you!


Reservation cut off date is Wednesday, March 29th!

Need to Register via Mail?
The AMEC Christian Education Department strongly recommends all to use the online Congress registration and hotel reservation system at the website above but will accept mail-in registrations for those unable to do so. Questions or concerns: please call, 615.242.1420.

Featured Preachers & Speakers

Bishop McKinley Young
Senior Bishop, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District
Rev. Katherine Brooks
Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Far Rockaway, NY
Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry
Dean, Sisters Chapel, Spelman College
Dr. Obery Hendricks
Visiting Scholar Columbia University
Rev. Dr. Michael Waters
Pastor of Joy Tabernacle AME Church, Dallas, TX and Award winning author
Suave Burgandy
DJ, Recording Artist, Media Ministry Leader

Conference Schedule

Program Book

African Methodist Episcopal Church Christian Education Department

P.O. Box 331947, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone:  615-242-1420

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