Humanites 400

The Origin of the A.M.E. Zion Church
HUM 400
January 15, 2010
The Origin of the A.M.E. Zion Church

      In the late 1700s, the A.M.E. Zion Church development was planned and formed. This was an effort to step out on a new horizon with roots tied to the White Methodist Episcopal Church. The White Methodist Episcopal Church had begun some decades prior to the sprout of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
      The Methodist Church in England was founded by John Wesley, in an attempt to remake the Church of England from within; A.M.E Zion Church grew out of a spirit of reform. John Wesley had a deep resistance to slavery and his championing of poor and mistreated people, both white and black, not all of his followers remained true to his ideals. The organization grew out of the well-known dissatisfaction among the people of color over the kind of treatment they received in the services of the church. Although black people had been accepted as worshippers in the Methodist tradition since it was first brought to America by Wesley and his brother Charles in the 1730s, black Methodists were often poorly treated by their white brethren. The church, by then known as the Methodist Episcopal Church, granted preaching licenses to a few black men, but they were rarely allowed to preach, even to other black members of the church. However, preaching to white Methodists was totally out of the question. The church’s decision-making body did not allow black preachers to join the Methodist Conference. Black worshippers were segregated from white members in many Methodist churches and were forced to sit in the church gallery rather than in the main area of worship. Black Methodists also had an issue with burial rights.
      The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is highly known as A.M.E. Zion Church, which is a historically African-American Christian denomination. The new Black denomination was officially born in October 1796 in New York City. However, it was chartered in 1801 and...