About One Matters

Discipleship Ministries offers one commemorative plaque and one $1,000.00 (one-thousand-dollar) check to one congregation at each Annual Conference that has increased baptisms and professions of faith from zero to at least one in the previous year.

Annual Conferences that want to recognize more than one congregation have two options:

  • Discipleship Ministries may email Certificates of Recognition to the Annual Conference. The Annual Conference will be responsible for printing, framing, and delivering the certificates as deemed appropriate. There will be no financial award associated with the certificates.
  • Discipleship Ministries can provide four extra plaques but no financial award accompanying the additional plaques. It will be the Annual Conference’s discretion to provide the financial award of $1,000.00 dollars for each plaque.


To be eligible to be nominated by the Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) to receive the One Matters Award, the congregation needs to have grown from zero to at least one baptism or profession of faith in the previous year.


DCMs nominate a congregation to receive the award.

In January 2023, a call-for-applications will be emailed to all DCMs, announcing the application deadline, required documentation, and link for online applications. Due to security protocols, all applications are done through SurveyMonkey Apply.

The DCM or a designated person will complete the application. Applications will be accepted from January 17 to April 30.

After reviewing the documents and the information provided by the applicant, confirmation will be emailed to the Annual Conference.

The e-check will be deposited in the Annual Conference’s account within 30 (thirty) days after application.

The plaque will be mailed to the Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference will deliver the check and plaque to the congregation on behalf of Discipleship Ministries during Annual Conference session or in another event of their preference.


Annual Conferences that applied for OMA in 2022 and had not experienced any changes in documentation, will not need to re-upload the documents. Annual Conferences that did not apply for OMA in 2022 or have experienced any change in documentation (including change of address) must upload updated copies of the following documents:

  • Annual Conference W-9
  • Annual Conference Voided Check
  • Direct Deposit Authorization Form (attached to the application email)

We kindly ask DCMs to expect the Call for Applications on January 17, 2023. If the DCM delegates the application to another individual, we kindly ask that he/she/they forward the email to that person or refer the person to us as soon as possible.

As our General Secretary, Rev. Jeff Campbell reminds us, “With the One Matters Discipleship Award, we want to lift up the importance of discipleship and help interpret across the connection what zeros in professions of faith and baptism mean and what moving away from the zeros means. Each 'one' in those categories represents a transformed life – a life that matters to God, and a life that should matter to us.”

We look forward to your application!

One Matters

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Contact Information

Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young
Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations
[email protected]