The Salem Congregation
The Salem Congregation is a church agency affiliated with the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. It is a non-profit religious and charitable, incorporated, organization representing thirteen Moravian Churches in the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that together serve their church members, the communities where the churches are located, and the larger purposes of all Moravian Churches within the United States and elsewhere.
The group conducts worship services on special days; sponsors a Moravian band for church and community events; operates a central, historic graveyard for burial of church members; receives gifts and bequests of all types of real and personal property - to manage, maintain or dispose of - and uses these resources to support church programs. The Congregation is governed by Boards elected by the member churches: the Elders for spiritual matters and the Trustees for financial and business decisions.
The present-day Salem Congregation organization has evolved over many years. It was first created to manage the settlement and life of the town of Salem in the colonial period of the United States. It began to operate in April, 1772, under the name Congregation Council and has operated continuously since that time.