Historically, lay persons have played an important role in the organization, development and growth of the Church. The historical role that lay persons played in our overall development can be seen in our early leadership, in the liberation struggle of Black Americans. Those early leaders included a number of well-known personalities such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglas. Therefore, to full marshall the resources of our laity and maximize their efforts in the total mission of our church, a Lay Council was organized.

Lay Councils are represented at all levels of our organization. They include Lay Councils at the Episcopal District, The Annual Conference, the District Conference and the Local Church.

The Local Lay Council is to *deepen the spiritual life, *disseminate information, *cultivate denominational loyalty, and *expand the denomination through education and evangelism.

Any person, a member in good standing of John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church, is urged to become a member of the Lay Council and support its programs and objectives.