Celebrating ministries, churches, and individuals who are Alive Together in Christ through mission, ministry and evangelism

6/8/2017


Mission, ministry, and evangelism awards were highlighted during the 2017 Annual Conference session, a way to celebrate how ministries, churches, and individuals throughout the conference are alive together in Christ.
 
The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s purpose. Conference evangelistic awards were presented to the congregations in each district that charted the largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, and the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership.
 
Statesboro First UMC was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership. St. Luke UMC in Columbus led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith, and Centerville UMC in Early County had the best ratio of professions of faith in the conference.
 
The churches with the largest net gains in membership in each district were:
Coastal: Wesley Monumental
North Central: Bonaire
Northeast: Statesboro First          
Northwest: Pierce Chapel
South Central: Park Avenue
Southwest: Thomasville First
 
The churches with the largest number of professions of faith in each district were:
Coastal: The Chapel
North Central: Harvest
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Park Avenue
South Central: Valdosta First       
Southwest: Thomasville First
 
The churches with the best ratio of professions of faith in each district were:
Coastal: The Waterfront
North Central: Wesley Chapel
Northeast: Springhill
Northwest: Howard
South Central: Grace (Tifton)
Southwest: Centerville UMC (Early Co.)
 
Every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2016 has been designated as an Evangelistically Fruitful Congregation. Click here to view a list of all Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations.
 
Also celebrated were those churches that were fully connectional in 2016 by giving 100% or more of their apportionments. Click here to view a full list.
 
A host of other churches and individuals were recognized in a presentation during the South Georgia Annual Conference session:
 
Carruth Mission Awards
Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Luke UMC
(Columbus)
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Danville UMC
 
The churches with the highest total given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Isle of Hope
North Central: Vineville                     
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
South Central: Park Avenue         
Southwest: Albany First
 
The churches with the highest per capita given to missions in each district were:
Coastal: Springfield
North Central: Danville         
Northeast: Alston
Northwest: Vienna
South Central: Friendship (Bacon Co)
Southwest: Barney
 
Harry Denman Evangelism Awards
Clergy: Rev. Matt Hearn, Gateway Pooler
Laity: Mrs. Teri Nave, Harvest UMC
 
Kingdom Builders Awards
Kingdom Builders Innovation in Ministry Trailblazer Award: Rev. Jim Cowart and Mrs. Jennifer Cowart, Harvest
2017 Kingdom Builders Innovation in Ministry Gamechanger Award: Mrs. Debbie Hudgins, White Bluff UMC
 
Methodist Home for Children and Youth


Top Churches in Giving: Vineville, Vienna, Perry, Mulberry Street, Dublin, Riverside, Wesley Monumental, Gray, Tifton, St. Marys,
Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Danville, Bethel (Baldwin Circuit), Chula, Sardis (Lumpkin), Alston, Trinity (Albany), Springhead, Wesley (Howard), Vienna, Wesley Chapel
 
Wesley Glen
Top Churches in Giving: St. Marys, Riverside, Statesboro First, Vineville, St. Paul, Martha Bowman, Gray, Ingleside, Forest Hills, Fair Haven
Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Milan, St. Marys, Fair Haven, Barney, Allentown, Wesley Chapel (Ft. Gaines), Ingleside, Riverside, Springhead (Atkinson Co.), Friendship (Bacon Co.)
Harry Jackson Group of the Year: Martha Bowman UMC Bible Study Group
Reed Bowden Volunteer of the Year: Rev. Sam Lamback
James A. Cason Leadership Award: Vanda Asbell
 
Magnolia Manor 


Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, Cairo First, Albany First, Cordele First, St. Marys, St. Luke (Columbus), St. Simons, Isle of Hope (Savannah), Vineville (Macon), Statesboro First
 
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Mr. Freddie Seals
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Paul UMC (highest giving) and Pierce Chapel UMC (highest giving per capita)
 
South Georgia Black Methodist Church Renewal Distinguished Service Awards


Harry Hoosier Award Winner: Dr. Fred Allen, National Director for SBC21
Mary McCloud Bethune Award Winner: Debra Griggs Allen
Rev. Joseph Roberson Advocacy: Rev. Denise Walton
 
Arthur Moore Methodist Museum
Award for Historic Preservation: Rev. Dave Hanson