Writing Contest Past Winners

For the last several years, the APC has held a writing contest for pastors serving their first parish, or who have recently completed a first call pastorate. In this contest, applicants are requested to submit an article for the APC’s quarterly journal Sharing the Practice that illumines the unique challenge(s) of the “first call” pastorate, the deployment of the spiritual gifts of pastor and people, and theological reflection upon the experience. Up to two articles are selected for publication in an upcoming issue of Sharing the Practice. Writers of selected articles are given an honorary one-year membership in the APC, and a grant of $600 for registration and travel to the upcoming APC Annual Conference.

2014 “Young Face, Old Faith”
by Rev. Stephen L. Hawkins, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Beloit, WI.
Click here to read Rev. Hawkins’ article, which was published in the APC’s quarterly journal, Sharing the Practice.

2012 “The Medium is the Message: Christian Lessons of Embodiment For a Digitizing World”
by Rev. David E. Lower, Senior Pastor, Winnetka Presbyterian Church, Winnetka, IL.
Click here to read Rev. Lower’s article, which was published in the Summer 2012 issue of Sharing the Practice.

2012 “Dream or Nightmare: Mid-wife to an Ancient/Future Church” by Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford,
Vicar of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Parish and Chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry (known as St. Brigid’s Community) at Arizona State University.
Click here
to read Dr. Stafford’s article, which was published in the Summer 2012 issue of Sharing the Practice.

2011 “Visiting: The Surprising Gift of Pastoral Care for Shut-ins”
by Rev. Julie G. Olmsted, Trinity United Church, Hatfield, Massachusetts

2011 “Grace in the Midst of Change”
by Pastor Jean Pagliaro,Halfway Creek Lutheran Church, Holmen, Wisconsin