The Reverend Dr. Earl Jefferson
Department of Christian Education
In Memory of a Great Leader
Welcome to the Department of Christian Education of the First Episcopal District!
A Scholar, Churchman and Brother Beloved…
The Reverend, Dr. Earl Jefferson Department of Christian Education is named in honor and memory of the late Reverend, Dr. Earl Jefferson, Jr. Rev., Dr. Jefferson was an intellectual giant, prolific writer and author of hundreds of articles and resource materials used for training both Clergy and Laity in the various subjects of Christian Education.
He served as the Director of Christian Education in the First Episcopal District for many years and led many to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the history, work and mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to include our doctrinal and disciplinary polity that states: “The Department of Christian Education shall develop a comprehensive and unified program of Christian Education which shall lead to a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, the Christian Religion, and the Christian Church, and an implementation of these values for daily living”.
Our current Christian Education leadership offices at the Episcopal District level are held by The Reverend Marcellus Norris who serves as the Chairman of Christian Education and The Reverend Jay Broadnax, Executive Director. Both men are dynamic leaders and committed servants of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Through their leadership the Reverend, Dr. Earl Jefferson Department of Christian Education has expanded its work to ensure that more of our youth and young adults are nurtured and developed for Christian Discipleship and leadership at the earliest possible ages.
Every year the Reverend, Dr. Earl Jefferson Department of Christian Education host a week long Christian Education Congress providing workshops, worship experiences and other activities for youth ages 12+, young adults and older adults who are members and prospective members of our local churches. The gathering is centrally located and include persons from throughout the First Episcopal District including both clergy and laity. It is an excellent time of teaching, learning, and fellowship.
We invite you to visit this webpage often to learn more about the activities, events and programs taking place throughout the First Episcopal District under the banner of The Reverend, Dr. Earl Jefferson Department of Christian Education. This webpage will also feature news post and messages from our various Conference Branch leaders as well! Thank you for visiting and we look forward to keeping you informed and connected.
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Christian Education Congress
The flyer below provides a brief description of our upcoming 2018 Christian Education Congress. Please share with members of your congregation and prepare to register early.
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AME Connectional News and Information
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The 28th Connectional Christian Education and Youth Congress
The Connectional Christian Education and Youth Congress is a gathering in the AME Church held typically every four years (quadrennially) by the church’s Department of Christian Education as an intensive learning time designed for all ages, lay and ordained. AMEs of all ages from around the world come together for this gathering. When many AMEs are asked about the Christian Education event that had the most positive influence in their development as a Christian, many cite attending Christian Education Congress! These gatherings continue to be a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, learning, organizing, planning, and FUN for all ages.