Evangelistic awards were presented during the 2011 Annual Conference session to churches in each district which 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.
Harvest Church in Byron, of the Macon District, was the overall conference leader in the largest net gain in membership. They also led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith for the year. Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, of the Dublin District, had the best ratio of professions of faith in the conference.
A host of other churches and individuals were recognized in a presentation during the South Georgia Annual Conference session:
Carruth Mission Awards
Exceptional Service and Dedication to Mission Outreach by an Individual: Bobby Gale
Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Marys UMC
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Vienna UMC
Top Churches in Giving: Vienna UMC, Liberty UMC, Pittman Park UMC, Valdosta First UMC, Vineville UMC
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton “Living the Vision” Award: Mrs. Kent Butler
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Paul UMC (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC (highest giving per capita)
Largest Amount of Financial Support in the Annual Conference: Americus First UMC
Largest Per Capita Financial Support in the Annual Conference: Vienna UMC
Thomas O. Marshall, Jr. Good Samaritan Awards: Isle of Hope UMC (church) and Juanita Wilder (individual)
South Georgia Black Methodist Church Renewal Distinguished Service Awards
Harry Hoosier Award Winner: Ms. Minnie Carlisle, laity, M.L. Harris UMC
Mary McCloud Bethune Award Winner: Ms. Carol-Lynn McCarthy, laity, Vision of Jesus UMC
United Methodist Men
G. Ross Freeman Leadership Award: Rev. Eddie Braswell, Dawson-Graves Charge
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission
Golden Hammer Award: Grace Wicker and the Agape Stitchers
Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Top Church by Giving: Vineville UMC
Top Church per Capita: Sasser UMC
Bishop King recognized 22 pastors for being Five-Star Pastors. The five criteria each pastor has to meet in order to be recognized as a “Five-Star Pastor” are: teaching, self care, net gain goal of 5 percent, apportionments, and being a connectional church. “They are indicators that we are moving in the right direction,” Bishop King said.
Joe Flowers Jr.
Garth Duke Barton
Larry Kent Miller
Donna Sue Roberts
H. Lynn Roberts
G. Randall Spicer