ACCW has an annual awards program for the purpose of recognizing contributions to women in ministry. There are six different bi-annual awards. Three are awarded each year at the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Annual Meeting. To nominate candidates for each of these awards, download the ACCW Guidelines and Application forms. Nominations must be received by May 1 of the awarding year.
The ACCW became an awarding association in 2006, in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Covenant’s decision to ordain women. The ACCW Awards Program is another medium through which the diverse ministries of women can be highlighted and their stories shared. It is our objective to find varying ways to share these stories with wider audiences to give witness to the faithfulness of God to all who are called into kingdom service.
Use the following forms to nominate a woman who deserves to receive one of our 2014 awards listed below. Please mail nomination forms to: ACCW Awards, 4617 Wendover Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 or email to: accwecc(at)gmail.com.
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In odd-numbered years, the following awards are given:
THE PRISCILLA PASTORATE GRANT
The Priscilla Pastorate Grant is a $1000 grant offered to a full-time female pastor (senior, co-pastor, associate, youth, or children) in a Covenant church and in good standing in the Covenant Ministerium. The award will be paid directly to the church on behalf of the recipient. Women may self-nominate.
THE ANDERSON/NORDLUND MISSIONARY SCHOLARSHIP
The Anderson/Nordlund Missionary Scholarship is a $500 scholarship for continual training/education awarded to a full-time female missionary called by the church, on assignment through Covenant World Mission and supported by a local Covenant church.
THE MORDECAI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP
The Mordecai Award for Outstanding Partnership is a way to recognize the work of men who have served as partners to women in ministry. This award is offered to a nominated male minister in an ECC setting (administrators, teachers, pastors, missionaries, etc) who has demonstrated active support of women in ministry, through providing advocacy, resources, support, and dialogue on behalf of all women in ministry. Candidates may not self-nominate.
In even-numbered years, the following awards are given:
THE VICTORIA WELTER SCHOLARSHIP
The Victoria Welter Scholarship was created in honor of Victoria Welter, the first female student to graduate from the seminary. When the class picture was taken, she was denied her place in the photo because her classmates voted against allowing her to be part of it. We seek to reclaim her place in Covenant history, at one time denied her, by honoring her legacy for women who still pursue ministerial degrees years after her time at North Park.
The Victoria Welter Scholarship is awarded to a female seminarian who is a member of a Covenant church and enrolled as a full-time student at North Park Theological Seminary, pursuing a masters degree in ministry (full time is 8 credits). It is a $300 scholarship paid to the seminary to be used for books or tuition expenses.
THE PHOEBE CHURCH PLANTERS GRANT
In Romans 16, Phoebe of Cenchrea, is sent by the apostle Paul to deliver his letter to the church in Rome. The saints at the church in Rome are instructed to “assist her in whatever matter she has need of.” Phoebe was a bold servant who trained, equipped, and supported those in need and leaders who were in the service of the Lord. We seek to honor her willingness to be a carrier of the good news by honoring women church planters who go to new areas to explain the gospel of Christ.
The Phoebe Church Planters Grant is a $1000 grant offered to the church of a woman involved in full time church planting ministry and in good standing with the Covenant Ministerium. The award will be paid directly to the church plant on behalf of the church planter recipient.
THE EVELYN M.R. JOHNSON LEADERSHIP AWARD
Evelyn M.R. Johnson is the first woman conference superintendent of the ECC. She has given leadership in many areas including minister of education and pastor of spiritual formation for a local congregation, associate dean of external programming at North Park Theological Seminary, director of Christian education and associate superintendent in the Midwest Conference, and executive director of Christian education and discipleship for the denomination. She has an authored of one book and co-authored another and has given leadership to interdenominational ministries. Her life mission is to inspire, encourage, and equip persons to discover and use their gifts. We seek to honor her example by recognizing women who give outstanding leadership and faithfulness to their call.
The Evelyn M.R. Johnson Leadership Award is a $500 award to a nominated female minister in an ECC setting (administrators, teachers, pastors, missionaries, etc) who has demonstrated excellence in ministry based on character, ministerial identity, contribution to the Covenant and faithfulness to call. Candidates may not self-nominate.