And the Winners Are...
TAC’s Center for Congregational Excellence hosted an awards dinner during conference to applaud the following churches for demonstrating vibrancy in a number of ways that led to exciting new professions of faith.
As the chair of Radical Hospitality, Rev. Jack Womack works with Center for Congregational Excellence staff to determine the winners recognized at the annual awards dinner during conference. For example, the Copeland award, named in honor of Bishop Copeland, is based on professions of faith, compared to churches in the same membership size. Notes Jack, “I like being able to see evidence of fruitfulness in the statistical data --especially when small churches can see significant improvement.”
Don Waddleton, Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence says many of the awards date back several decades, some are more recent – and the banquet gives a nice environment for recognition. “When we make the initial call to notify churches that they have won an award, they are usually surprised. They have been busy doing ministry and this is just another piece of good news.” Adds Jack, “When these awards are seen as evidence of a vibrant or vital community, I really enjoy the process. It’s my prayer that pastors and laity will see their friends or neighbor congregations accomplishing things and being recognized…and that the excitement will be contagious.”
100% Apportionment District Awards: Congratulations to the East District and West District for submitting 100%!
Dr. Steve Wende presented the Eric Anderson Award to Rev. Lance Richards, Pastor
Lexington, First UMC & Lexington, Blue UMC.
District Superintendent Rev. Dick White gave the Small Membership Church of the Year to Galloway UMC in Carthage served by Rev. K. Mervin Scott.
Rev. Jack Womack named the winners for the Copeland Awards:
· Under 100 Members
Pastor Joe Turner, Conference Lay Minister
Pastor Kate Turner, Conference Lay Minister
Harleton, Harleton UMC with 15 Professions
· 101-200 Members-Rev. Keith Bell
Texas City, Galilee UMC with 21 Professions
· 201-300 Members-Pastor Luthur Walker
Houston, Covenant of Faith with 30 Professions
· 301-500 Members-Rev. Dr. Jeffrey McDowell
Missouri City, The Harvest UMC with 71 Professions
· 501-1000 Members-Rev. Dr. Allison Cambre
Houston, Terrace UMC with 47 Professions
· 1001-2000 Members-Rev. Bill Haygood
Cypress, Good Shepherd UMC with 80 Professions
· Over 2000 Members-Rev. Dr. Edmund W. Robb
The Woodlands UMC with 307 Professions