The Lay Organization of Bethel AME Church is comprised of members of the congregation from all walks of life. The purpose of the Lay Organization is to organize and train the laity of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. We are committed to expanding/spreading the word about our history, traditions, principals, discipline, evangelism, financial and general well-being of African Methodism. The Lay organization is also charged with keeping alive the memory of our founder, Bishop Richard Allen. With respect to the constituted authority, or the pastor, the Lay Organization works to stimulate and educate the entire Laity in the total program of the church. The Lay members are required to study the book of Discipline in order to stay abreast about the law of the church. It encourages financial support of the church’s programs and teaches stewardship practices to the youth and new members. The Lay organization supports the various church programs and organizations and gets involved with social action within the church community.