In 1984, the African Methodist Episcopal Church created the Sons of Allen Men’s Fellowship to foster closer relationships between men of the church, to equip men of the church for meaningful service, to reach unchurched men, and to present positive role models for our youth. The Sons of Allen has grown into an important connectional movement over the past twenty-plus years and the Fellowship is becoming a true connectional ministry. The challenges and disturbing realities facing African American men call for a response from the church. Among the concerns are the following:
These are but some of the concerns that underscore the need for the African Methodist Episcopal Church to pay special attention to ministering to men. The Sons of Allen is the best existing connectional vehicle for addressing the need to minister to men in a deliberate and organized manner. The Sons of Allen has the potential to transform our churches and our communities by bringing African American men into a transforming relationship with our Lord. This ministry must function as Andrew did in John 1:40-42 when he led his brother, Peter, to Jesus.
At the call of Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, the Sons of Allen met for a summit in Nashville, Tennessee on April 17th and 18th in the year 2004. At this historic summit, the Sons of Allen took a momentous step toward becoming a fully functioning and effective connectional ministry.
The members elected connectional officers, reviewed proposed legislation, and began making plans to move the ministry forward.
We urge the entire church to revisit and recommit to the important ministry of the Sons of Allen to meet the challenges facing African-American men in the present age by promoting and supporting the Sons of Allen at the Connectional, Episcopal District, Annual Conference, Presiding Elder District, and local levels. We are excited and energized by the possibilities and potential of the Sons of Allen ministry and solicit the prayers of the entire church that the Lord will bless our efforts and that this ministry will prove fruitful.