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Applications open for Barrett Award

Giving to church

Every year the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan honors four churches with the Wayne C. Barrett Leader Award. Applications for 2021 are being taken through March 15. 
About Wayne C. Barrett
The Wayne C. Barrett Steward Leader Award was established by action of the Board of Directors of the Foundation upon Dr. Barrett’s retirement as President and Executive Director. The purpose of this award is to honor up to four United Methodist congregations across the Michigan Conference for their exemplary stewardship ministry and culture of generosity.

Qualified applicants must submit an application prior to March 15th of the year in which they are to be considered for the award. Applications are available online at www.umfmichigan.org.

Award recipients must meet a number of eligibility requirements including:

  • Have funds invested in the UMF Collective Investment Funds of Michigan LLC or the MI Area Loan Fund.
  • Have contributed 100% of its conference ministry shares for the previous year and be current in contributions for the present fiscal year.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative relationship between the pastor and laity in providing leadership in the area of financial stewardship.
  • Articulate a clearly defined mission and vision for the church.
  • Adhere to the financial procedures and protocol as defined in the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, including but not limited to:
    • Socially responsible investing
    • Annual financial review
    • Cash management
    • IRS-compliant donor contribution statements
  • Provide an advance indication of their intent for the awarded funds’ usage

Award recipients shall be selected by the Awards Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and notified in early May. Awards will be presented by a member of the Foundation staff to local church leaders during a worship service or other appropriate occasion.

Direct any questions to the Foundation office 888-451-1929 or [email protected].

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