March 20, 2013

The Kentucky Annual Conference is fast approaching. Our theme this year is “Reach the World: Thriving Faith Communities.” We pray your church is already working hard to reach your world and to make your communities thrive. If your church or is someone in your church has been involved in a special ministry in reaching your world, we want you to consider applying for one of the awards we recognize. You will find below information about awards recognizing evangelism, special needs ministry, ecumenism, higher education support, and refugee sponsorship. The deadline for all awards nominations is April 15. The Special Needs Ministry, Refugee Ministry, and Mission Ambassador Churches awards will be presented at district conferences. The Denman, Asbury, and Ecumenism awards will be presented at Annual Conference in Covington.

Harry Denman Evangelism Award
Begun in 1981 to honor United Methodist clergy and lay persons in each annual conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for the work on Christian Evangelism, the Harry Denman Evangelism Awardhelps draw attention to evangelism in the conference by honoring one clergy person, one lay person, and one youth who are reaching others effectively for Christ.
 
Those eligible for the awards are effective in helping persons to experience the transforming love of God through Jesus Christ. The Denman Award is sponsored by the Foundation for Evangelism, an affiliate of the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC.
Send completed nomination forms to Tami Coleman at 7400 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014. Forms must be received by April 15.
 
Download clergy nomination form.
Download laity nomination form.
Download youth nomination form.
 
Special Needs Ministry Recognition Awards
The Advocacy Team of the Kentucky Annual Conference will be presenting "special needs ministry recognition awards" to churches who are intentionally and actively involved in ministries with special needs persons. Some examples of these types of ministries are Sunday school classes for people with special needs, building access improvements (ramps, accessible rooms etc.), changes made to make worship accessible, and outreach ministries geared toward people with special needs.
 
If your church is involved in this type of ministry and you would like to be considered for an award please submit the following information:
 
1) Description of the ministry: How it meets special needs, how ministry began, how many people attend etc.
2) Contact information: name of church and pastor, name/e-mail/ phone number of contact person.
 
Submit the information to:

Rev. Darren Gillespie
Lebanon United Methodist Church
236 North Spalding Ave
Lebanon, KY 40033
e-mail:
pastorlebanonumc@windstream.net
 
Deadline for submission is April 15. These awards will be presented at district conferences.
 
Bishop's Award for Ecumenism
 
Ecumenism Award
Who has shown a heart for ecumenism in your church? Your pastor? A lay person? You are invited to nominate them for the Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism which will be given at Annual Conference.
 
Please write a letter sharing why this person should be recognized for ministry in ecumenism and send to Jan Brown-Thompson (msjanbt@aol.com) by April 15.
 
Francis Asbury Award
The Francis Asbury Award for Fostering United Methodist Ministries in Higher Education is a non-monetary award to recognize and encourage support of higher education & campus ministries within The United Methodist Church. The award will offer recognition to individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church’s ministries in higher education at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church. To nominate someone you know for this year’s award to be given at the Kentucky Annual Conference meeting in Covington, June 10-13, download here and submit completed form by email attachment to Tami Coleman at the conference office (email: tcoleman@kyumc.org).
 
Nominations will be received through April 15. Download nomination form as PDF or Word document.
 
Refugee Ministry Sponsorship
At Annual Conference the Justice Team wants to recognize local churches that have sponsored refugee families in the past year. Please email information from your church to Craig Tuck at ctuckumc@hotmail.com by April 15. Pictures are welcome and appreciated as well. These awards will be presented at district conferences.
 
Mission Ambassador Churches
God is truly at work and we trust each of our congregations wants to be part of this remarkable church movement! Does your church qualify as a Mission Ambassador Congregation?
 
To be considered for this recognition, you need to give 100% of Our Mission Together commitment and participate in four of the five tracks, which are:
1. A World Advance Special
2. A National Advance Special
3. A Conference Advance Special
4. Receive at least three of the six Special Day Offerings
5. Give to UMCOR through the One Great Hour of Sharing or other emergency requests from them.
 
Any Advance Special project from the Partnership in Mission Catalog will qualify for a World or National Advance Special. A list of recommended Advance Specials is available here.
 
The deadline to be considered as a Mission Ambassador Church is April 15. Please email information on church participation in the above criteria to Jeanette Westerfield (dajlwest@att.net). These awards will be presented at district conferences.