Each year the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award is given to an individual in the Missouri Annual Conference who exhibits outstanding commitment to mission. This award is given in honor of the Marbles, who served for 36 years as missionaries from Missouri to India. When submitting a letter of nomination, describe the qualifications of the nominee, considering the following guidelines:
- Number of years of mission involvement
- Leadership given to developing mission projects and programs
- Involvement in local church and community mission
- Involvement in mission beyond the local church, e.g., VIM projects, Mozambique Initiative, District, Conference, General Church endeavors
- Degree to which services were volunteered
The Values Team of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church is now receiving nominations for the Unity Award. The Unity Award celebrates the spirit and work of an individual in light of the values of the Missouri Annual Conference with particular emphasis on inclusiveness, justice and worth. The recipient must have demonstrated a continuing commitment to the full and equal participation of women, ethnic minorities, and all other groups or individuals historically discriminated against in the total life and mission of the United Methodist Church and the community at large. The recipient may be lay or clergy, youth or adult. The recipient must be United Methodist and affiliated with the Missouri Annual Conference.
Please submit a one-page essay with reference to the individual’s name and role within the church, along with an explanation regarding this person’s spirit and work, and why you believe this person should be the recipient of the Unity Award. Please include at the top of the page your name, telephone number, address, and e-mail address (if applicable). Nominations may be submitted electronically as a Word document or PDF to The Office of Mission, Service & Justice Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any clergy or lay member of the Missouri Conference may submit a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2020.
The One Matters award exists to encourage a renewed focus on discipleship, especially at congregations in the United Methodist connection where annual baptisms and professions of faith too often are nonexistent. Attached is a list of churches that went from low POFs in 2017 (0-2) to something more in 2018. You can easily distinguish which churches celebrated large confirmation classes. Remember the above, this award exists to encourage discipleship in existing churches where this type of growth has been nonexistent for some time. Nominations may be submitted via email (include 3-4 sentences about what is happening in that particular church to renew their focus on discipleship) to email@example.com. District Superintendents make nominations. All nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2020.
Denman Evangelism Award: Clergy & Laity
This award honors United Methodists selected by the annual conference for their exceptional ministry of evangelism - expressed in Word (what), Sign (why), and Deed (how) – that brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. A Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient consistently introduces those they serve to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their ministry is outstanding for the number of new Christ Followers who credit encounters with this person as critical in helping to start or reignite their faith journey. District Superintendents make nominations and must complete a specific nomination form from the Foundation for Evangelism and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2020.