Legacy of Women in God’s Service Award recipients display a love and understanding of their faith; articulate a commitment, not just to performing acts of service, but to living a service-focused life; and demonstrate awareness that their gifts are blessings from God.
The Women in God’s Service planners seek nominations for the annual Legacy of Women in God’s Service Christian Service Awards. Legacy Awards will be presented annually at the WINGS Conference. Nominations for Legacy of Women in God’s Service Awards can be submitted by anyone. The nominations can be for an individual or a team. A team is a group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose. The members of the team should be identified in the nomination.
Awards will be given to individuals who reflect the mission and spirit of the church through their contributions in such areas as faith-related service, community service, youth mentoring and activity in community organizations.
Nominations must be received by February 10. For more information and a nomination form, download the PDF form above or call 501-279-4347.
The awards will be presented at the WINGS Conference on the last weekend of February each year at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
History of the Legacy of Women in God’s Service Awards
In 2012, the Legacy of Women in God’s Service recognition was established in order to honor Christian women who demonstrate exemplary Christ-centered behavior, as evidenced through their volunteer service to church, school, and community. Christian service is defined as acts which stem from a Christ-centered belief in serving the Lord and doing His will. Service is the selfless giving of oneself to benefit others with no expectation of recognition, reward, or acknowledgement.
The WINGS Legacy Committee (comprised of four members) will make a selection of the recipients based on the criteria listed below.
- Award recipients are required to be faithful members of the Church of Christ.
- Award recipient must be a worthy example of Christian living for other women.
- Award recipient must have a life story that is encouraging to others.
- Award recipient must exemplify Christ-centered behavior through volunteer service to church, school, and community;
- Award recipient must be 60 or above.
- Award recipient, or representative of the recipient, must be present to receive the award.
- WINGS does not present awards posthumously, except in the case that the recipient's death occurs after the Legacy Award Selection Committee approves the nomination.
- An individual may not receive more than one Legacy award.
- The WINGS committee allows joint recipients of Legacy awards when the nomination is for joint work extended over a long period.
Legacy Award Nomination Requirements
Anyone may nominate an individual for the Legacy Award. Nominations should be made without the candidate's knowledge and must include the items listed below.
- Completed Legacy of Women in God’s Service nomination form.
- Brief citation stating the accomplishments that make the nominee deserving of this particular award.
- A one-page narrative description of the significant aspects of the nominee's Christian service.
- Four letters of reference. As of 2013, four letters are required (i.e. 4 is both the minimum and the maximum). Diversity of support is preferred; not all letters of recommendation should come from nominee's home church. The nominator may not serve as a reference.
- Only a complete nomination will be considered by the Legacy award committee.
Nominations should be specific about the achievements for which the award is proposed. Clear, concise information about the accomplishments of the nominee is more useful than extensive materials. Excessive documentation will not be distributed to the selection committee. Only complete nominations will be considered. Incomplete nominations will be returned or held for consideration when complete.
Any nominee not chosen for the Legacy Award is automatically considered for the award the next two years by the next two consecutive committees that consider candidates. (A minimum of four nominations for the nominee must be considered before a committee can select an award recipient). Nominators are encouraged to update or augment the nomination materials, if appropriate, prior to the next year's deadline. After consideration by three selection committees, the nomination is retired.