By Michelle Westlund '83
Issue 19 | Spring/Summer 2010
Bethel Seminary hosted the second annual Community Ministry Leadership Recognition Awards Dinner on May 7. The “Who’s Who in Community Ministry Leadership” dinner honored 30 Minnesota volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities.
“In a world that reserves its applause for athletes, movie stars, and the powerful, we want to take a moment to encourage some of those who are making a difference for Christ and His kingdom,” says David Ridder, vice president and dean of Bethel Seminary. “We think they deserve to hear some encouragement…from brothers and sisters in Christ who have taken notice of their tireless efforts.”
Award recipients were selected by a committee of community service professionals and volunteers throughout Minnesota. Selections were based on nominees’ demonstrated commitment to addressing the needs of a defined target group in the community in 2009, including collaboration, teamwork, and leadership. For example, Cheri Hardwick received an award for her work with Choices—An Alternative to Homelessness, a program that helps families avoid life on the streets. See the list of all the award recipients.
Award winners were presented with commendations from a number of dignitaries, including Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who wrote: “You have invested your time and resources for the benefit of others, without the thought of reward, simply because you had the power to do so and believed it was right. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I applaud your generosity of spirit and thank you for all you have done for others. You truly make our state an even better place to live.”
Mark Harden, dean of intercultural relations and lead faculty for Bethel Seminary’s Community Ministry Leadership program, hopes that the annual event serves to recognize and encourage continued exemplary community leadership. “It is [an] honor to acknowledge those who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to serve others.”
Learn more about Bethel Seminary’s Master of Arts in Community Ministry Leadership degree and certificate programs.