“I planted …God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3;6)
Bonner Naz received this award at District Assembly in July 2013.
The purpose of the General Superintendents’ Growth Award is to give prominence to those practices that are central to the local and worldwide advancement of the church, significant involvement in sponsoring a new church, and 100% participation in fund allocations.
Scott Stearman was specially commissioned to sculpture “The Sower.” This symbol was chosen because it represents the prerequisites of harvesting. It recalls the words of the Psalmist, “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6) It draws directly from Paul’s analogy, in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”
The requirements for receiving this award are intentionally high—it is special recognition by the Board of General Superintendents. It is not based on attendance or membership. Rather, it is given in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in essential practices of the expansion of the kingdom of God through the Church of the Nazarene.
- Winning people to Christ.
- Starting new churches is the most effective means of evangelism known to the church.
- Supporting the organizational structures that make possible evangelism around the world.