APCE Awards

Educators who are selected for APCE awards will be honored at the awards ceremony during the APCE annual event. Awardees will receive an APCE pin or necklace and a certificate of recognition. A biography of the nominee must be included with award nominations. Nominations for all four awards will be kept on file and will be eligible for three years. Nomination for CONNECT or EMPOWER awards will not prohibit future nomination for SUSTAIN—Life Achievement or ENRICH—Educator of the Year awards. There will be only one awardee annually for each award.

Nominations are Currently Closed

The ENRICH—Educator of the Year recipient is one who enriches our lives through his or her educational work and vocational outlook. They serve the field of educational ministries as our professors, church leaders, authors, and spiritual guides. This educator must be actively serving in the field of educational ministry. Nominations will be received between now and October 15 by 5 p.m. (Eastern) for recognition at the 2021 Annual Event.

Please provide a list of specific examples of how this nominee has demonstrated the following distinguishing criteria and the APCE values (that follow later in the form). You are encouraged to solicit a minimum of two endorsements from others in support of this nomination.

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

  1. A member of APCE, or our partner denominations’ educational organizations, for five or more years.
  2. Active in Christian education leadership for a minimum of ten years and not be retired.
  3. A visionary who leads educational ministry into new frontiers.
  4. A formative influence on educational ministry and an advocate for church educators.
  • There is one award per year.
  • The award includes the Annual Event flat rate registration fee paid (does not include yearly membership fee), hotel stay during the three day Annual Event paid, and one extra ticket to the award meal.
  • Nomination deadline: October 15, 2019, by 5 p.m. (Eastern), for 2021 recognition. This deadline is one and one-half years prior to the annual event when the awardee will be recognized.

The SUSTAIN—Life Achievement recipient is a retired educator whose life of service will be long remembered and emulated. Their work continues to inspire and sustain generations in their congregation, Presbytery, or APCE region, or even nationally.

Nominees for APCE’s SUSTAIN—Life Achievement award must be retired from full-time professional service and fulfill three of the following four criteria:

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.

  • There is one award per year.
  • The award includes the Annual Event flat rate registration fee paid, a life membership to APCE, the hotel stay during the Annual Event paid, and one extra ticket to the award meal.
  • Nominations are received between now and June 1 for the 2020 annual event. Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2019, by 5 p.m., for 2020 recognition.

Do you know someone new to ministry (a volunteer or a professional) in your APCE region, presbytery, or congregation, 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.

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

1. Has served in educational ministry for five or fewer years.
2. May be first time attendee to an APCE annual event.
3. lnspires you or others to connect to ministry in a more meaningful way.
4. Demonstrates faithful and effective service.

  • There is one award per year.
  • The award includes the Annual Event flat rate registration fee paid.
  • Nominations are received between now and June 1 for the 2020 annual event. Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2019, by 5 p.m., for 2020 recognition.

Do you know someone (a volunteer or professional) in your APCE region, presbytery, or congregation, who has worked in educational ministry for more than five years, demonstrated the ability to work beyond the local congregation, and empowered others to become engaged in ministry? Look for someone who has great ideas for leading us into the future of educational ministries and nominate him or her for the Empower award so that we can celebrate God’s gifts in them with a larger audience.

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

  1. Has served in educational ministry for more than five 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.

  • There is one award per year.
  • The award includes the Annual Event flat rate registration fee paid.
  • Nominations are received between now and June 1 for the 2020 annual event. Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2019, by 5 p.m., for 2020 recognition.