UMA recognizes excellence in organizations that develop innovative, quality ways to approach ministry. Awards are granted both to Older Adult Ministries and to Children, Youth, and Family agencies. There are two ways an organization can be nominated:

Self-nomination
Peer Review Team

Award nominations are reviewed annually, and awards are presented at UMA’s Annual Meeting, April 16-17, 2018 in Nashville. The deadline for award submissions is Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

To submit your nomination for a Best Practice Award, click here to download.

To submit your nomination for an Innovation Award, click here to download.

To submit your nomination for a Mission Award, click here to download.

2017 Best Practice Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington, WV
For Its “Right from the Start Program”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “STNA Training Program”

2017 Innovation Awards

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “Be Bold Adventure Group”

2016 Best Practice Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its “Daily Spiritual Experience Survey”

United Methodist communities

Neptune, NJ
For Its “Methodist Heritage Spiritual Pilgrimage”

2016 Innovation Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its ”Mental Health Services in the Emergency Room“

OhioGuidestone

Berea, OH
For Its ”Workforce 360 Developmental Program”

2015 Best Practice Awards

Rainbow Acres

Camp Verde, AZ
For its "Quality Art Program"

The Baby Fold

Normal, IL
For Its “Keeping the Promise” Adoption Program

2015 Innovation Awards

Asbury Communities

Germantown, MD
For Its “Brain Fitness Wave” Program

Ohio Guidestone

Berea, OH
For Its “Step Stone Academy” Charter School

2014 Best Practice Award

Board of Child Care

Baltimore, MD
For Therapeutic Cottage Upgrades for Autistic Residents

2014 Innovation Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc.

Burlington, WV
For SARAH’s House