The Virginia Annual Conference Board of Discipleship would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the “One Matters Discipleship Award.” This award will be given to a church with significant improvement of baptisms and professions of faith. “With the One Matters Discipleship Award, we want to lift up the importance of discipleship and help interpret across the connection what zeros in professions of faith and baptism mean and what moving away from the zeros means,” said Jeff Campbell, General Secretary at Discipleship Ministries. “Each “one” in those categories represents a transformed life – a life that matters to God, and a life that should matter to us.”
The award, which includes $1,000 and a One Matters Discipleship Award plaque, will be presented to the pastor and lay leaders of a congregation that has done significant work to make its zeros from previous years become positive numbers.
Criteria for the award is a church that has a history of zero baptisms and zero professions of faith for a minimum of four years and has significant increases in these two areas in 2023. Nominations should include the historical record which can be verified through Year End Statistics for at least four to six years. Included in the application should be a short write-up story of how the church has turned itself around.
Applications are due no later than March 9, 2024, and can be emailed to Becky Tate at [email protected] or via USPS to VAUMC, Attention: Becky Tate, PO Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058. If you have any questions about this award, please contact the Rev. Matt Sergent at [email protected]
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