APCE Awards

Educators who are selected for these four awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the APCE Annual Event. Awardees will receive an APCE pin and certificate. A biography of the nominee must be included with recommendations for these awards. Nominations for all four awards will be kept on file for three years. CONNECT and EMPOWER nominees will not prohibit a future nomination for SUSTAIN or ENRICH awards. There will be only one awardee annually for each award.

Nominations Currently Being Accepted For:

Connect Award

Do you know someone new to ministry in your APCE region, presbytery or congregation, volunteer or professional, who makes a difference in educational ministry and inspires you or others to connect to ministry in a more meaningful way? Please nominate him or her for the APCE “Connect” award and celebrate God’s gifts in them with a larger audience. There will be only one award per year. Nominations will be received between now and June 1 by 5 p.m. for the next Annual Event.

This award includes the Annual Event registration fee paid at the Early-bird rate.

Criteria: Nominees are considered using some or all of the following:

1. Has served in educational ministry for 5 or fewer years

2. May be first time attendee to an APCE annual event

3. Inspires you or others to connect to ministry in a more meaningful way

4. Demonstrates faithful and effective service in their accomplishments

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2018 for 2019 recognition

Empower Award

Do you know someone in your APCE region, presbytery or congregation, volunteer or professional, who has worked more than 5 years, demonstrated the ability to work beyond the local congregation, and has empowered others to become engaged in ministry? Look for someone who has great ideas for leading us into the future of educational ministries. Please nominate him or her for the APCE “Empower” award and celebrate God’s gifts in them with a larger audience. There will be only one award per year. Nominations will be received between now and June 1 by 5 p.m. for the next annual event.

This award includes the Annual Event registration fee paid at the Early-bird rate.

Criteria: Nominees are considered using some or all of the following:

1. Has served in educational ministry for more than 5 years

2. Is currently serving as a volunteer or professional in educational ministries

3. Has demonstrated their ability to delegate and empower others

4. Is a visionary, breaking into new frontiers

5. Has the ability to influence change within systems

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2018 for 2019 recognition.

Enrich Award

Some educators enrich all of our lives through their educational work and vocational outlook. They serve the field of educational ministries as our professors, church leaders, authors and spiritual guides. Is there someone of this caliber you’d like to nominate for APCE’s “Enrich Educator of the Year” award? There will be only one award per year. Nominations will be received between now and October 15, 2018 by 5 p.m. for the 2020 annual event.

This award includes the Annual Event registration fee paid at the Early-bird rate, the hotel stay during the three day Annual Event, and one extra ticket to the award meal. This awardee will lead a workshop at the Annual Event at which he/she is honored. The ENRICH — Educator of the Year award does not include the yearly membership fee, but rather, the awardees will receive lifetime memberships upon retirement.

Criteria: Nominees must be in full time professional service and fulfill three out of the following four:

1. Five or more years of membership in APCE or our partner denominations’ educational organizations.

2. Active in Christian education leadership for a minimum of ten years, non-retired.

3. Visionary, a leader into new frontiers.

4. Formative influence on educational ministry and an advocate for church educators.

Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2018 for 2020 recognition; this deadline is 1 ½ years prior to recognition.

Sustain Award

Is there a retired educator you know who leaves behind a trail of service that will be long remembered and emulated? Will their work continue to inspire and sustain generations in their congregation, Presbytery, APCE region or even nationally? Perhaps they deserve to be nominated for APCE’s “Sustain Life Achievement” award. There will be only one award per year. Nominations will be received between now and June 1 by 5 p.m. for the next annual event.

This award includes the Annual Event registration fee paid at the Early-bird rate, a life-time membership, the hotel stay during the Annual Event, and one extra ticket to the award meal.

Criteria: Nominees must be retired from full time professional service and fulfill three out of the following four:

1. Fifteen or more years of membership in APCE or our partner denominations’ educational organizations.

2. Creative and distinguished accomplishments in educational ministry.

3. Faithful and effective service to the church and profession.

4. Past or present member of the APCE Cabinet, the Coordinating Council, or the Leadership Council.

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2018 for 2019 recognition.