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Six awards are given each year to outstanding clergy and laity in the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

All nomination forms must be submitted by email. See the nomination forms for the appropriate email address.

Application deadline for all awards:

April 1, 2022

Bishop’s Five-Star Award

Provides an incentive for churches to embrace new ministries each year geared toward growth and outreach. The award enables small and large churches to receive recognition. Criteria include:

  • An increase in Sunday school attendance and/or enhancement of Christian education ministry;
  • A “new work” that impacts growth;
  • Members received by profession of faith or rededication one for every 100 members;
  • Emphasis on youth ministries that demonstrate growth; and
  • All apportionments paid in full for 2021, or a 25 percent increase in apportionment payments compared to 2020.

The award is sponsored by the Board of Evangelism.

Download Bishop’s Five-Star Award nomination form

Harry Denman Evangelism Award

Established in 1980, this award honors pastors and laypersons for responsible evangelism in the local church. In 1981, the national award was introduced to annual conferences to choose a clergy person, a layperson and a youth each year.

The award recognizes people who are effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ, whether through speaking, personal witnessing, inspiring the church to be involved in evangelism, etc. This person may or may not have the best statistical record and may be from any size church. Nominees’ lifestyles bring honor to Christ and the church, and works in ways that are in keeping with United Methodist history and traditions.

The award is sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism.

Download Harry Denman Evangelism Award nomination form

Barbara Boultinghouse Bridge Builder Award

Named in honor of a United Methodist deaconess, this award is given to a person or organization in the S.C. Conference who has built bridges of understanding by promoting equity and inclusiveness without regard to race, gender, age, handicap or economic condition.

The award is sponsored by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

Download Barbara Boultinghouse Bridge Builder Award nomination form

Michael C. Watson Volunteer in Mission Award

Named in honor of the founder of the South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, this award is given to one clergy and one layperson who exemplify extraordinary volunteer mission service within the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, beyond the local church.

The award is sponsored by the Conference Board of Global Ministries.

Download Michael C. Watson Volunteer in Mission Award nomination form

Joseph Benjamin Bethea Distinguished Service Award

Presented to a person who has performed outstanding service in working for racial justice. Laity or clergy of the S.C. Conference are eligible if she or he has shown a strong commitment to Christian social justice for at least five years (unless the individual is a youth).

Specific efforts toward elimination of racism and/or building inclusiveness and/or empowerment of persons considered a minority (racially or ethnically) is a criterion, as is Christian character and servanthood.

The award is sponsored by the Conference Committee on Religion and Race.

Download Joseph Benjamin Bethea Distinguished Service Award nomination form

Bishop’s Award of Excellence (Scouting)

Recognizes United Methodist congregations that extend their ministry to children and youth by creating a faith-based environment for children, youth, their families and their leaders who participate in Girl Scouts of the USA and Scouts BSA. All of the following criteria must be met:

  • 20 percent or more of registered youth members of the unit working toward or having completed appropriate religious emblem program
  • 20 percent of the registered adult leaders must have membership in the United Methodist Church
  • Unit must participate in annual Scouting Ministries Sunday observance in the local church
  • Unit must plan and complete one service project in each of the following categories:
    • in the local church; e.g., grounds workday
    • in the community; e.g., litter pick-up
    • related to the conference, national or work programs of the United Methodist Church, e.g., hunger relief (Society of St. Andrew), work service or UMCOR.
  • Unit leader and scouting coordinator must review unit sponsor agreement program plans with pastor annually
  • Unit shall observe regular worship services when away from the church on Sundays for camping experiences or trips
  • Unit must have a person assigned to encourage active participation in religion, respecting the faiths of all; Boy Scout troops must have a registered unit chaplain (adult) and chaplain aide (youth).

The award is sponsored by the Scouting Ministry of the South Carolina Conference.

Download Bishop’s Award of Excellence (Scouting) nomination form