AME Church convocation
The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host its second annual God First Holy Convocation 2018 at the Florence Civic Center Wednesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 21.
Under the leadership of Bishop Samuel L. Green Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District that includes all of South Carolina’s AME churches, this annual church gathering has become more than a typical church meeting where the state’s 400-plus AME churches assemble for business and workshops.
This year’s theme is “The Well.” It will feature gospel artists Smokie Norful and Vashawn Mitchell, concluding with a free “Night of Joy” concert by Mitchell. The convocation will also boast a free health and wellness expo hosted by The Balm in Gilead. The group’s mission is to “prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora.”
Bishop Green said this year’s convocation is vastly different from the AME church’s past gatherings.
“The God First Holy Convocation is not your standard church meeting,” Green said. “It’s a convocation gathered together to empower laity and clergy to be able to do more effective ministry.”
“As I look back over the 40 years that I have served in ministry, I recognized as a pastor, that oft times I went to meetings, and I left the meetings empty. I wanted more. I sought more. I began to seek other conferences and other convocations to be able to find that fulfilling that I needed to be able to be more effective in ministry.”
For a schedule go to www://godfirstholyconvocation.com/schedule/