The AME Book of Discipline outlines that each local church shall establish a number of commissions. Each Commission has an appointed Steward as their Chairperson. Commissions are responsible for the ministries under their appointment.
The Board of Stewards are the spiritual lay leaders of the Church. The aspects of their duties are spiritual, financial, advisory and administrative. Stewards are appointed by the Pastor, confirmed by the Quarterly Conference, and serve for a period of 1 year.
The Board of Trustees is made up of at least three members and no more than nineteen. The Pastor shall nominate twice the number of Trustees to be elected. The trustees are elected by the Church membership. Elections are held annually. Trustees manage the temporal concerns of the Church, make improvements upon the property or real estate when authorized to do so by the majority of the legal members of the Church. They shall secure, purchase or rent a house for the Pastor's family and comfortably furnish it.