Evangelistic awards were presented during the 2012 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 again the overall conference leader in the largest net gain in membership. Columbus’ St. Luke United Methodist Church led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith. Wesley Chapel 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: Jamie Gibson
Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Luke UMC
Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Friendship UMC
Top Churches in Giving: Vienna UMC, Liberty UMC, Vineville UMC, St. Paul UMC, Douglas First UMC, Isle of Hope UMC, Wynnton UMC, Tifton First UMC, Porterfield UMC, Thomasville First UMC
Church of the Year: Vienna UMC
10-Year Service Award: Rev. John Irwin
Open Door Community House, Inc.
The Mrs. Butch Deaton “Living the Vision” Award: Helen Johnson
Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: Pierce Chapel UMC (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC (highest giving per capita)
Largest Amount of Financial Support Per Capita in the Annual Conference: Americus First UMC
Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First UMC, St. Marys UMC, Thomasville First UMC, Vienna UMC, Albany First UMC, Cordele First UMC, St. Simons UMC, Ellaville UMC, St. Luke UMC, Isle of Hope UMC
South Georgia Black Methodist Church Renewal Distinguished Service Awards
Harry Hoosier Award Winner: Rev. Lenton Powell
Mary McCloud Bethune Award Winner: Rev. Beverly Flowers
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission
Golden Hammer Award: Gene Barber
Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Top Church by Giving: St. Marys UMC
Top Church per Capita: Alston UMC
Top District in Total Giving and Per Capita: Macon District
Bishop King recognized 21 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. There were 126 Four-Star Pastors.
H. Lynn Roberts