First AME Church Indio, Ca.
What We Believe
The Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual,
physical, emotional, and environmental needs of
all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel
through word and deed. At every level of our church,
we shall engage in carrying out our mission and
We shall seek out and save the lost, and serve the
needy through a continuing program of:
1) preaching the gospel
(2) feeding the hungry
(3) clothing the naked
(4) housing the homeless
(5) cheering the fallen
(6) providing jobs for the jobless
(7) administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental
institutions, senior citizens' homes; caring for the
sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed,
(8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.
AFRICAN - Means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa or that it is for people of African descent only. It does mean that those Americans who founded it were of African descent and we proudly recognize this fact. We welcome all who worship Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
METHODIST - Refers to the church's membership in the family of Methodist churches. Richard Allen, the founder and first bishop, felt that the form and format of Methodism would best suit the needs of the African community at that time.
EPISCOPAL - Refers to the form of government under which the church operates. The Episcopal form of government means that the chief executive and administrative officers of our denomination are our bishops. Their authority is given them by the General Conference, elected representatives of the entire denomination. Their responsibilities are to oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of the church.
AME Church Founder Richard Allen