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 #Authorized #Advocating #Advancing



Nominations for the 2023 Women in Leadership Awards are now closed. The three categories for the Women in Leadership Awards are: She Leads, She Preaches, and She Advocates. Nominations will be revealed prior to annual meeting. 

      MINISTERIUM AWARD |         ShePreaches

To be awarded to a woman with exceptional preaching abilities - whose proclamation of the Good News speaks truth and breathes life into those whom she disciples, teaches, and impacts.  



To be awarded to a woman with exceptional leadership capacities - whose authority, wisdom, and creativity builds up ministries and people to be more effective and strong Gospel witnesses.  



To be awarded to a woman with exceptional gifts of advocating

 - whose courage, resilience, and faithfulness empowers others and brings liberation and hope to the vulnerable and oppressed.  

All nominations must be women who are members in good standing of the ECC Ministerium, have been active in ministry for at least ten years, are not employed full-time by Covenant Offices, and have not received this same award previously. Diverse candidates with experience representative of our ECC Affirmations and practiced in the Six-Fold Test are encouraged. Each award will include a stipend of $1,000.00, financial support to attend the Ministerium Annual Meeting to receive the award, and being recognized throughout our church leadership. Nominations will be weighed and award recipients chosen by a committee of Ministerium Officers - Exec.Bd. members, Mosaic Commission reps, and ACCW and CBGE reps.   


  1. Name

  2. Contact info of nominee

  3. To your knowledge is she credentialed? Ministry license, commissioned or ordained.

  4. Give some character and qualification details about the nominee.


  1. Authorizing Women to Lead - in senior pastoral positions and throughout the church

  2. Advocating for Survivors of Abuse and Harassment - through prevention, resources and support, and establishing healthy reporting streams 

  3. Advancing Women of Color - in varied particular ways that empower, see, and honor their leadership, gifts, traumas, and needed voices throughout the church 

  4. Equipping White Women for Anti-Racist Work - through intentional education, accountability, and activity in response to the invitation to lead and advocate at this intersection 

Women in Leadership

 We also celebrated events from the past year where virtual ministry had continued. 

  • Women Cohorts - over 100 women gathered this past year. Many thanks to all those who led, participated, helped lead trainings, and are continuing with this commitment in their leadership context. Shout out to the Coordination work of Rev. Marti Burger who helped make these happen!

  • Women of Color Cohorts - leaders are continuing to meet and provide specific support, development, and healthy spaces during the ongoing trauma of Black and Brown communities, APPI violence, and more. Many thanks to the leadership of Rev. Stephanie Ahn Mathis, Rev. Dieula Previlon, Rev. Ruby Varghese, and more who are helping facilitate these gatherings in various spaces. 

  • The 2023 WIL Awards were named in June 2023  during Gather Ministerium,  virtual meeting for ECC Clergy . 


Women in Leadership is an initiative of the ECC Ministerium committed to fully elevating and empowering women in leadership for the benefit of the whole Body of Christ, through authorizing women leaders, advocating alongside survivors of abuse/harassment, and advancing women of color. 
We do this ministry through:
- an annual pre-Midwinter Gathering for women leaders
- disbursing annual awards at the Ministerium Annual Mtng
- mobilizing around our four focus areas throughout the year 
WIL was established in 2019, is chaired by ECC Ministerium leaders, and works in partnership with other associations and church-wide efforts. More info: 
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