The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, meeting in Atlantic City. N.J., issued a strong endorsement of United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and denounced the media "for the way they have distorted" Young's views.

Young, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, was commended for his espousal of liberation of Black Africa and for his "exposure of racism as a dominating factor both in foreign policy and domestic affairs."

In their annual summer session the bishops also commended President Carter "for his stand on human rights throughout the world as well as for his support of Ambassador Young."

They said the Carter administration has made "more progress in assuming world leadership in the area of human rights and solving problems of under-developed nations" in a few months "than in many years under Dr. Henry Kissinger's brand of foreign policy."

The bishops assert that their church is "the largest independent black Christian institution on the continent of Africa" with more than a quarter of a million members.

The governing body of the church, formed when black members broke off from a Philadelphia Methodist church in 1787 rather than submit to racial segregation, reaffirmed church policy to ordain women to the ministry.

The body designated two members to work with the church committee on Women in the Ministry, a group concerned with expanding the leadership role of women in the church.