Rural church nominations for consideration of the Key Taylor Award are needed by May 9.
Congregations can nominate themselves. For 2016, $1476 will be awarded. The award, sponsored through the United Methodist Foundation, is to call attention to the mission work of all rural churches by honoring the specific achievements of one rural church. To nominate a church, respond via email in narrative form on one page to the criteria below by May 9 to Kathy Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Office of Outreach Ministries. Please include the names of the church and district.
● The church is in a community of less than 1,500 people.
● The church has 250 members or less.
● The church is significantly involved in community mission.
● The church shows faithfulness in its stewardship of the mission and service commitments (apportionments) and supports Advance Specials.
● The church displays commitment towards growth in ministry and perseverance toward accomplishing their vision of ministry.
The Rural Church Fund (Key Taylor Award) was created in 1958 as a permanent endowment fund with the United Methodist Foundation, Inc. as trustee. The idea for the Fund came from the Rev. Key W. Taylor and the Commission on Town and Country of the Conference Board of Missions, and the purpose was established “to provide a permanent source of funding to benefit rural churches of the North Carolina Conference.”
The Rev. Key W. Taylor devoted his entire ministry to rural churches of the NC Conference. Not only as the initiator, but also as a generous donor, he strongly supported the Fund in its infancy. Through his will, he left a bequest to benefit the Fund.
Today we honor Reverend Taylor’s passion for ministry and mission in the Rural Church, serving Jesus, making disciples, and loving God’s people.