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2019 Annual Conference Awards

Five awards will be presented to outstanding clergy and laity in the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church during the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference at the Greenville Convention Center in June.

Recipients of the five Annual Conference Awards will be recognized at an Awards Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. June 4, during the 2019 Annual Conference.

A sixth Conference-related award, the Bishop’s Award of Excellence for Scouting units, will be presented at an Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. May 4 at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia.

  • Nomination forms for the five Annual Conference Awards must be submitted by email by April 5
  • Nomination forms for the Bishop’s Award of Excellence must be mailed by March 31.
  • Details and instructions for all nominations can be found on each form.

 

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 2018, or a 25 percent increase in apportionment payments compared to 2017.

Sponsor: Board of Evangelism

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the Bishop’s Five-Star Award nomination form.

 

Harry Denman Evangelism Award

Honors a pastor, a lay adult and a youth from any size church for responsible evangelism in the local church. It recognizes people who are effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ. This can involve:

  • Speaking,
  • Personal witnessing, or
  • Inspiring the church to be involved in evangelism.
  • Nominees’ lifestyles bring honor to Christ, the church and works in ways that are in keeping with the United Methodist history and traditions.

Sponsor: The Foundation for Evangelism

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the 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.

Sponsor: General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the 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.

Sponsor: Conference Board of Global Ministries

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the 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 South Carolina Conference who have shown a strong commitment to Christian social justice for at least five years (fewer, if the individual is a youth) are eligible. Criteria include:

  • Efforts toward elimination of racism,
  • Efforts toward building inclusiveness,
  • Efforts toward empowerment of persons considered a minority (racially or ethnically),
  • Christian character, and
  • Servanthood.

Sponsor: General Commission on Religion and Race

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the Joseph Benjamin Bethea Distinguished Service Award nomination form.

 

Bishop’s Award of Excellence

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 work day
    • 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).

Sponsor: Scouting Ministry of the South Carolina Conference.

Download the form to your computer before filling it out.
Download the Bishop’s Award of Excellence nomination form.