MINISTRY HISTORY, The Clergy Family Information Center
The Genesis of the Ministry: The Clergy Family Information Center began in 1999 as "A Special Project" of Mrs. Ora L. Easley, who served as the president of CONN-M-SWAWO + PK's from 1997-2005, and grew from a minuscule grouping of email recipients receiving communications containing the service arrangements of deceased family members of the organizational officers to the current email communication network, that post emails to Districts 1-20, inclusive of clergy families, non clergy families, offices of Episcopal Districts, offices of presiding elders, offices of AME Church institutions of higher learning, offices of chaplains and local churches.
- To make available necrology information, especially bereavements occurring within the Episcopal families and General Officers for annual conference statisticians who compile annual necrology reports.
- To spread the ministry message to a global audience via cyberspace.
Also, in 2010 the ministry became a part of the social networking community, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a Ministry Blog. In September 2010, the AMEC Clergy Family Information Center secured its own domain acronym, "Amecfic.net" to better serve the growing ministry and also secured a business Telecommunication account.
At the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference held June 27, 2012 - July 4, 2012 at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry (122), who had served as Social Action Commission Chair, retired from active service. At the meeting of the AME Church General Board following the closing session of the General Conference, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, newly elected Bishop (132) was assigned as the Social Action Commission Chair.
The Clergy Family Information Center, with it's MISSION as a global online conduit of Compassion and Caring, continues it's growth and outreach under the leadership of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson.
In 2015 the ministry added new dimensions to news posted, as more and more Episcopal District leadership asked that the ministry carry news of their District Meetings. Episcopal District pictorial announcements were frequently posted by the CFIC. Institutions of higher learning also requested that the anniversary events of the AME Church Universities and Seminaries be added within the ministry posting guidelines.
At the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference held in Philadelphia, PA July 6-13, 2016, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, newly elected Bishop number 138, was assigned as the Social Action Commission Chair.
Under the visionary and challenging leadership of Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, the CFIC continues to make technological advances in its email posting procedures and adding more "eye appeal" to the communications, using graphics and borders. In February 2017, we began posting (1) photo with each congratulatory announcement and statements of gratitude from clergy families can now be posted each week on Thursday, for those who wish to express gratitude to the Connectional AME Church family for kindnesses shown during their season of bereavement.
At the 2016 Winter Meeting of the Council of Bishops and General Board Meeting an Electronic Protocol was approve; the CFIC per The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012, posting regulations were re-defined as “emailing bereavement related notifications and congratulatory announcements.”
BROADEN READERSHIP: In March of 2017, the Editor of the Christian Recorder, Mr. John Thomas, III, began including the notifications of bereavement and congratulatory announcements in the AME Church Christian Recorder, giving the ministry information posted a wider readership internationally.
Where do we go from here, under the dynamic and insightful leadership of Commission Chair, Bishop Reid, III? As with its inception, the Clergy Family Information Center "will go where the Will of God leads."