“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2:10
The Alice Brown Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) is comprised of women disciples seeking to grow through knowledge and action. This ministry engages in ministry via global health initiatives, volunteerism, and the services it provides to humanity. The WMS is a component of the AME Church.
The Church School Ministry meets each Sunday morning for the purpose of spiritual formation and developing Christian disciples at various age levels. Classes begin at 9:15am. Breakfast is served each week from 9:00am to 9:45am.
The Culinary Arts Ministry prepares food for Sunday Breakfasts and designated special church events. The ministry also coordinates fish fry and barbeque sales. The ministry’s goal is to create a pleasant dining experience for all that partake by preparing meals that are not only appealing and tasty but also served with a smile in the spirit of Christian love and hospitality.
The Dance Ministry teaches participants to utilize the gift of movement in worship. The Dance Ministry is open to persons ages 5 years old and up.
The Debutante Masters Commission (DMC) prepares youth to transition from childhood to adulthood and grows them in their knowledge of and personal relationship with Christ. The DMC sponsors a ceremony annually that provides high school seniors with their debuts into church and society as young adults. The DMC is a component of the AME Church. (This ministry is currently under reconstruction.)
The Discipleship Training Ministry meets each Tuesday at 7pm for the purpose of raising up Christian disciples. Classes engage participants in walking through the scriptures not just for information but mostly for transformation through a deeper understanding of the Living Word. Three participation options are available: (1) Good – Dial-in 213.289.9000 and enter the code 5863629#; (2) Better – Watch on Facebook Live at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Decatur; (3) Best – Attend in person.
The Hospitality Ministry formally welcomes guests during worship on Specific Sundays, prepares homegoing repasts and meals for other special occasions, and provides decorative services for special church programs and events. The Hospitality Ministry also makes sure members receive acknowledgements from Mt. Zion during times of particular hardship, grief, and/or loss.
The Intercessory Prayer Ministry regularly lifts prayers and supplications for all who make requests. The ministry facilitates a daily prayer conference call at 7am. To participate, dial 213.289.9000 and enter the code 5863629#.
The KHOP (Kid’s Hour of Power) Ministry provides an innovative and engaging worship experience with a Christian curriculum for preschool and school age children ages 5 to 12. KHOP meets on 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays during the sermon part of the worship service so children can receive a message on their own levels.
The Lay Organization is made up of all non-clergy members of the church. Its goal is to uplift the ministries and encourage members to utilize their God-given gifts and talents in the service of the Lord. The Lay Organization also teaches parishioners about the history and legacy of the AME Church. The Lay Organization is a component of the AME Church.
The Marketing Ministry develops marketing campaigns for special programs and events. The ministry ensures that activities are posted on all church social media sites and works with program chairpersons to get flyers and promotional materials designed, produced, and distributed.
The Ministerial Staff supports the Senior Pastor and the ministries of the church and serves God’s people by providing pastoral care and encouragement.
The Music Ministry ensures the atmosphere is conducive for worship on every Sunday and at other special events. Mt. Zion’s Music Ministry include both members and non-members who lift their voices in song giving praise to God. Choir rehearsal takes place every Saturday at 11am (or as otherwise noted). Current choirs include the Mt. Zion Choir, the Young Adult Choir, the Youth Choir, and the Male Choir. The Music Ministry also hosts Homegrown, an Annual Christmas concert, Polly and Friends, and other special events.
The Nursing Home Ministry takes the love of Christ to persons residing in skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers. The ministry provides a worship experience for the residents that includes singing, scripture, prayer, ministry of presence, and an inspirational message. One does not have to be a clergy person to participate in this ministry.
The Senior Meals Ministry provides meals and personal products every third Sunday of the month for seniors 65 and older (or as otherwise noted). The ministry prepares and serves over 400 meals a year.
The Sons of Allen Men’s Ministry builds men spiritually through study of the word, service, and fellowship with others and encourages them to help other men find meaningful relationships with Christ. The Sons of Allen is a component of the AME Church.
The Steward Board serves the needs of the Pastor and looks after the spiritual and financial well-being of the church.
The Stewardess Board assists the Pastor and Stewards, and prepares the chancel area for Holy Communion and Baptism.
The Trustees manage all the physical property of the church by working diligently to ensure that its facilities are well kept, insured, and maintained.
The Usher/Greeters Ministry serves as the official greeters of Mt. Zion and welcome our guests. They also help to maintain order during worship through courteous and helpful acts of love.
The Van/Transportation Ministry reaches the local community by providing transportation to/from church services and events.
The Witness to Fitness Ministry provides an Aerobics class with a Certified Aerobics Fitness Instructor (AFAA) every Thursday at 5pm at the Church. The ministry also sponsors healthy lifestyle management seminars on a variety of subjects that can help persons improve their overall health. The cost is FREE and one does not have to be a Mt. Zion member to participate.
The Young Adult Ministry is designed to aid young adults (ages 18-35) in navigating their faith journeys in a world that is often counter-cultural to one’s Christian faith. Young adults design and execute the worship service each 2nd Sunday and follow it with a fellowship experience exclusively for young adults called Mocktails and Conversation.
Youth involved in the Young People’s Department (YPD) let their lights shine in a variety of youth activities and spiritual development opportunities at the local church, conference, and district levels. Activities include taking a leading role in worship every third Sunday of the month, youth choir, lock-ins, AME state-wide celebrations, and various volunteer opportunities. The YPD is a component of the AME Church.