Heritage and General Awards Nomination Criteria

Heritage Awards:

Nominees for the Heritage Awards will be able to demonstrate that their ministries mirror that of some of the Pillars of the NC 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Although these prominent leaders have been received in Heaven, their legacy still lives on and their “Works do follow”. Please nominate Pastors and Mothers that are doing a similar work to following leaders:

Bishop Joseph Howard Sherman Sr. Award:

Bishop Sherman was a known Evangelist and had a strong passion for the children in his ministry. Bishop Sherman provided scholarships to deserving seniors in High School that were members of his congregation that were graduating from High School and going on to a college or university. He was a visionary, author, and a planter of other churches. He was the founder of Sherman Memorial Church of God in Christ. He was personally responsible for purchasing or building five churches throughout the State of North Carolina and one church in Florence, SC. Bishop Sherman ensured that the youth department thrived in his ministry. He would send children to the annual AIM convention to expose them to other Christian youth believers within the Church of God in Christ. Key characteristics that the recipient of this award should possess are:
• Visionary
• Youth focused
• Provides scholarships to deserving graduating students in their congregation
• Founder
• Helps other Ministries develop

Bishop Cornelius Ellis Anderson Sr. Award:

Bishop Anderson Sr. was a man that was always on the go. He always kept busy. He enjoyed playing sports. He especially loved Golf and was playing a round of Golf every morning by 7:00 AM. Bishop Anderson was an early riser and kept busy doing church work every day. He was a very timely person and was extremely organized. Everything was done decently and in order. He had a specific dinner hour before bedtime and things were properly in place from his house to the church. Bishop Anderson Sr. was a military man, which is why he believed so much in being structured, timely, and very neat. He believed that it must be done right or not done at all. He believed that the church should be self-sufficient, not having to depend on anyone else to meet the needs of the church. Bishop Anderson Sr. was a man’s man. The men in the church respected and admired him. He taught them that a man must be a man! He encouraged the men to take the lead in everything. The women were very appreciative of Bishop Anderson Sr. because he would not let them mop, vacuum, or do the cleaning in the church. He told the ladies, the men can do that stuff. He let the ladies know that their only job was to take care of their husband’s needs. As you consider nominating someone for this award, please consider the following qualities:
• Organized
• Business Minded
• Self-Sufficient Ministry
• Man’s Man- Men follow his leadership
• Sports Enthusiast

Bishop Otis Lockett Sr. Award:

Bishop Otis Lockett Sr. was a man beyond his years. He was a very determined leader that overcame major obstacles throughout his life. As a result of his personal struggles, he was more driven to reach out to help others in similar situations. Bishop Lockett was drawn specifically to help men overcome. He taught men how to be a blessing to their families. He had a strong focus on the family unit and how to strengthen the structure of the family to keep families together. He believed so strongly in family spending time together that he mandated that his church would not have Friday night service to allow families to spend that quality time together. Bishop Lockett was a wonderful father at home and great spiritual father to many. Bishop Lockett was known for personally giving to smaller ministries that were struggling financially to ensure that their services continued. He made sure that his church was self-sufficient and was able to meet the financial obligations in house. Bishop Lockett was an Astute Business Man that set the standard on what ministry should strive to accomplish. He was a trail blazer that encouraged other ministries to step out on what God called them to do “In Spite of the Obstacles”. He was courageous and made no excuses just results. Bishop Lockett created housing for Single Pregnant Mothers so they would have somewhere to care for their child. He also started the Malachi House and he started a single’s men’s ministry. Please carefully nominate someone that has exemplifies similar qualities that this distinguished Bishop did. Characteristics to look for:
• Astute Business Man
• Self-Sufficient Ministry
• Trail Blazer
• Courageous
• Giver
• Family Focused Ministry
• Creative

Mother Mary Bennett Award:

Mother Mary Bennett loved everyone with unconditional love. She had an unbelievable amount of compassion and went to great measures to share it with others. She would visit the sick and shut in and clean and cook for them during their time of recovery. She enjoyed helping them in any way she could. Mother Bennett faithfully helped the sick and shut in for more than 40 years without ever complaining. She was full of energy and never slowed down. That was actually the sign that revealed that something was changing in her physical state, when someone noticed her not being her usual, energetic self. Mother Bennett would secretly help other church members with their bills by just paying it without them knowing it was her. She would do this at the expense of sacrificing a need that her or her family had. She never wanted anyone to feel shame or humiliation. Mother Bennett was also a seamstress and had an eye for creating beautiful lace patterns. She could think it and create it. Her work was well sought after from Major department stores like Dillard’s and Macy’s to name a few. Mother Bennett was known for keeping toiletries on hand and would privately hand them to young people that she observed needed better hygiene. She never embarrassed the young people. She would always do it with a pleasing spirit and for that the children loved and appreciated her. Mother Bennett always thought outside of the box. She stood out in a crowd without having to try. She was a distinguished Woman of God that inspired anyone that came in contact with her. When you nominate a woman of honor for this award, these are some of the qualities she should possess:

• Compassionate
• Creative / Out of the box thinker
• Service – Minded
• Energetic
• Self – Starter
• Set Apart
• Distinguished
• Stands out in ministry without even going to great lengths to try

Urban Initiative Award:

Nominees for the Urban Initiative Award would be able to prove that their ministry has demonstrated excellence in their local community in some or all of the five areas of focus that the International Church of God in Christ has identified as important areas for communities to succeed and thrive: Education, Economic Development, Crime prevention, Family, and Financial Literacy.
Education: This Ministry offers educational programs that focus on giving community members outstanding educational options. Tutoring, after-school programs, summer programs, and mentoring programs.
Economic Development: The ministry is responsible for creating jobs for community members and providing on the job training for these employees. This ministry, through its economic development arms, are known as a viable employer in the community they serve.
Crime Prevention: This Ministry offers programs to help reduce crime by offering opportunities for Ex-offenders to properly transition back into the work force and community. This Ministry serves as a resource to connect these individuals to reputable sources in their community.
Family: The Ministry offers services and programs that focus on improving the quality of life within the nuclear family. Family units are strong within this ministry and programs are offered to further strengthen these marriages. This ministry offers services and programs that help the family gel closer together in their Christian walk.
Financial literacy program: The Ministry offers programs that teach individuals how to Earn, Save, Invest and Spend Wisely. The Ministry trains individuals how to create and manage wealth.

Unsung Hero: The nominees for this category should be individuals that are “In the Trenches” in their communities representing their Ministries. These individuals are making extraordinary contributions to humanitarian efforts and making a true difference in their communities. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They help wherever they are needed. They are willing to do what most people refuse to do. These are individuals that have done things for their fellowman and for individuals that aren’t able to do things for themselves. They do great deeds, but receive very little recognition for it.

Criteria for Isolated Awards

Please note: These awards will not receive outside nominations

Bishop’s Award: The Bishop’s award is subject to the discretion of the Jurisdictional Prelate. This person is selected by the Jurisdictional Prelate and is a person that the Bishop would like to recognize as having outstanding service that contributed to the vision of the Jurisdiction in the year of recognition. The only prerequisite required by the Beacon Light Committee is that the recipient is in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

Leading Lady Award: The Leading Lady award is subject to the discretion of the wife of the Jurisdictional Prelate. This person is selected by the First Lady of the Jurisdiction and is a person that the Bishop’s wife would like to recognize as having outstanding service, exuding exceptional behavior in her character and deeds. The only prerequisite required by the Beacon Light Committee is that the recipient is in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

Supervisor of Women Award: The Supervisor of Women Award is subject to the discretion of the Supervisor of Women for the Jurisdiction. This person is selected by the Supervisor of Women of the Jurisdiction and is a person that the Supervisor would like to recognize as having exemplified character and behavior that advance the initiatives of the State Women’s Department. The only prerequisite required by the Beacon Light Committee is that the recipient is in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

Superintendent Award: This person is selected by their peers, being other District Superintendents within the Jurisdiction. The Chair of District Superintendents will be responsible for presenting all names to the District Superintendents in a forum where all Superintendents are invited (ie., Convocation, Union Meeting, teleconference call, etc.). Individuals can nominate others or themselves. The Chair of District Superintendents will then present the top three nominees to the quorum of district superintendents allowing each to vote for one of the top three. The person with the most votes should be submitted to the Beacon Light Committee no later than September 4th, 2015. The recipient must be in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

District Missionary Award: This person is selected by their peers, being other District Missionaries within the Jurisdiction. The Chair of District Missionaries will be responsible for presenting all names to the District Missionaries in a forum where all District Missionaries are invited (ie., Convocation, Union Meeting, teleconference call, etc.). Individuals can nominate others or themselves. The Chair of District Missionaries will then present the top three nominees to the quorum of district missionaries allowing each to vote for one of the top three. The person with the most votes should be submitted to the Beacon Light Committee no later than September 4th, 2015. The recipient must be in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

Pastor of the Year Award: This person is selected by their peers, being other Pastors within the Jurisdiction. The Chair of Pastors and Elders will be responsible for presenting all names of pastor of the NC 2nd Jurisdiction in a forum where all Pastors are invited (ie., Convocation, Union Meeting, teleconference call, etc.). Individuals can nominate others or themselves. The Chair of Pastors and Elders will then present the top three nominees to the quorum of pastors allowing each to vote for one of the top three. The person with the most votes should be submitted to the Beacon Light Committee no later than September 4th, 2015. The recipient must be in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

First Lady of the Year Award: This person is selected by their peers, being other First Ladies within the Jurisdiction. The Jurisdictional Bishop’s wife or designee will be responsible for presenting all names of the First Ladies of the NC 2nd Jurisdiction in a forum where all First Ladies are invited (ie., Convocation, Union Meeting, teleconference call, etc.). Individuals can nominate others or themselves. The Jurisdictional Bishop’s wife or designee will then present the top three nominees to the quorum of First Ladies allowing each to vote for one of the top three. The person with the most votes should be submitted to the Beacon Light Committee no later than September 4th, 2015. The recipient must be in good standing financially having paid all reports to the Jurisdictional office.

Criteria for Auxiliary Awards

Evangelism Department
Evangelism President of the Year Award
Evangelism Elect Lady of the Year Award
Spotlight on Outreach Worker

The Evangelism Awards are given to persons who have provided outstanding service in each of the above mentioned areas within the Jurisdiction. Individuals may nominate others or themselves. The President of the Jurisdictional Evangelism Department will submit the top 3 nominations. Individuals may nominate others or themselves. The Beacon Light Selection Committee will review and score nominations. The recipient must be in good standing financially within the Jurisdiction. Key Characteristics to consider for each recipient:
• Does the candidate have exemplary traits in the area of Evangelism
• Is the candidate passionate about soul winning
• Is the candidate known for the work they do in this particular area of ministry
• Is the candidate active in Jurisdictional Evangelism activities
• How many Evangelism projects has the candidate spearheaded or organized and executed this year (i.e. President & Elect Lady)

Music Department

Music President of the Year Award
Spotlight of the Musician of the Year
Spotlight on the Psalmist of the Year

The Music Department awards shall be given to individuals who exhibit exceptional service to this department in the Jurisdiction. The Music Department President will submit the top 3 names for nominees for the individuals; they may nominate others or themselves. Nominations will be reviewed and scored by the Beacon Light Selection Committee. The recipient must be in good standing financially within the Jurisdiction. Key Characteristics to consider for each recipient:
• Does the candidate have exemplary traits in the area of Music
• Is the candidate passionate about the music ministry
• Is the candidate known for the work they do in this particular area of ministry
• Is the candidate active in Jurisdictional Music Department activities
• How many projects has the candidate spearheaded or organized and executed this year (i.e. President) related to the Music Department /Ministry

Youth Department

Youth President of the Year Award
Chairlady of the Year Award
Spotlight on Youth Award

These awards shall be given to individuals in the Youth Department who have exhibited outstanding service in the Jurisdiction. Individuals may nominate others or themselves. The individual shall exhibit excellence both in the community and within the Jurisdiction, as well as exhibit the standard of outstanding character. The Youth President shall submit the top 3 nominations to the Beacon Light Selection Committee with the highest scoring individual selected as the recipient. The recipient must be in good standing financially within the Jurisdiction. Key Characteristics to consider for each recipient:
• Does the candidate have exemplary traits in the area of Youth Ministry
• Is the candidate passionate about Youth ministry and the lives of young people
• Is the candidate known for the work they do in this particular area of ministry
• Is the candidate active in Jurisdictional Youth Department activities
• How many youth oriented projects has the candidate spearheaded or organized and executed this year (i.e. President & ChairLady) related to the Youth Department /Ministry

Mission Department

Mission President of the Year Award
Spotlight on Mission Worker (2 awards to be given)

The above mentioned awards shall be given to an individual who has exhibited outstanding service in the area of Missions. Individuals may nominate others or themselves. The President of the Missions Department will submit the top 3 nominations that will be reviewed and scored by the Beacon Light Selection Committee with the highest scoring individual selected as the recipient. The recipient must be in good standing financially within the Jurisdiction. Key Characteristics to consider for each recipient:
• Does the candidate have exemplary traits in the area of Missions
• Is the candidate passionate about Mission ministry
• Is the candidate known for the work they do in this particular area of ministry
• Is the candidate active in Jurisdictional Missions Department activities
• How many youth oriented projects has the candidate spearheaded or organized and executed this year (i.e. President) related to the

Missions Department /Ministry

Sunday School Department
Sunday School President Award
Sunday School Field Representative Award
Spotlight on Sunday School Worker

These awards shall be given to an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to the Sunday School Department. Individuals may nominate others or themselves. (Not sure if we have a President for the Sunday School for the Jurisdiction) Nominations will be reviewed and scored by the Beacon Light Selection Committee with the highest scoring individual selected as the recipient. The recipient must be in good standing financially within the Jurisdiction. Key Characteristics to consider for each recipient:
• Does the candidate have exemplary traits in the area of Sunday School
• Is the candidate passionate about Sunday School ministry
• Is the candidate known for the work they do in this particular area of ministry
• Is the candidate active in Jurisdictional Sunday School Department activites
• How many youth oriented projects has the candidate spearheaded or organized and executed this year (i.e. President & Field Rep.) related to the Sunday School Department /Ministry