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Francis Asbury Award


The Francis Asbury Award recognizes and encourages the support of higher education and collegiate ministries in The United Methodist Church. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church’s ministries in higher education at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church. The award is named for Bishop Asbury and is based on his admonition to the people called Methodist to erect a school in the vicinity of every church. “We must,” he said, “…give the key of knowledge to your children, and those of the poor in the vicinity of your small towns and villages.”



All persons, clergy or lay, employed or volunteer, who support and encourage collegiate ministries in the United Methodist Church, as well as meeting the criteria listed below, are eligible.



Awarded annually. The deadline for naming honorees from each annual conference is April 1. The expectation is that the award will be presented during the honoree’s annual conference session to recognize those who serve with distinction in the church’s ministry to college students and the broader campus community, as well as marking the importance and value of the church’s ministry on college campuses to the members of the annual conference.



A maximum of one award per annual conference per year.



Honorees will be selected by the Annual Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The notification of the conference’s honoree to the Collegiate Ministry office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) must come from this annual conference board.

The honoree must be:

Active in supporting, strengthening, and promoting the church’s work in higher education ministries (schools, colleges, campus ministries, scholarships, Black College Fund, Africa University) at the annual conference, district, or local church level;

Offer outstanding leadership, above and beyond basic responsibilities, to help bring heightened awareness to the significance of the church’s higher education ministries;

Involved in efforts to expand and advocate for collegiate ministry in the annual conference.



April 1: Deadline for honoree information to be sent to the Collegiate Ministry office.




Francis Asbury Award

Office of Collegiate Ministry, Division of Higher Education

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

The United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 340007

Nashville, TN 37203-0007