2016 Higher Goals Awards

Presented during EPA’s 2016 convention, the 2016 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2015 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “Ponder Christian Soldiers” — Logan Isaac

Second Place: Inheritance, “An Unexpected Advocate: One Pastor’s Calling to Love Openly Gay Christians” — Ken Uyeda Fong

Third Place: The Living Church, “Drawing Hope from Pope Francis, Pope Buoys Environmentalists, Anticipation for Pope Francis, Destination: Papal Mass” — G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Fourth Place: ManagingYourChurch.com, “Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting Roundtable Series” — Ashley Emmert, Samuel Ogles, Michelle Dowell, Tim Gioia

Fifth Place: Sojourners Online, “Troubling Texts: Domestic Violence in the Bible” — Elaina Ramsey, Catherine Woodiwiss, Sandi Villarreal, Ryan Stewart, Ryan Hammill, JP Keenan

 

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “3 Lies We Believe About the Bible” — Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence, Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse

Second Place: The Banner, “The Good News About Election” — Leonard J. Vander Zee

Third Place: Sojourners, “Testing Jesus” — Reta Halteman Finger

Fourth Place: The Living Church, “Self-Control: The Neglected Fruit of the Spirit” — Matthew A. Gunter

Fifth Place: The Lutheran Witness, “Judging Others” — Adriane Heins, Alan Ludwig

 

Blog: Single post

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “How We Made Too Much of Gender” — Leslie Leyland Fields

Second Place: ManagingYourChurch.com, “Violence at Church” — Samuel Ogles

Third Place: EFCA Today, “An Autobiography of My Calling” — Naomi Smith, Diane McDougall, Matt Pamer, Josh Bryant, Rae Phillips, Brian Cole, JourneyGroup

Fourth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “Hat On the Box” — Dr. Jason Peters

Fifth Place: Paul Asay, “Spotlight: The Importance of Being Honest”

 

Blog: Website

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “Her.meneutics” — Kate Shellnutt

Second Place: ManagingYourChurch.com — Samuel Ogles, Michelle Dowell, Matthew Branaugh

Third Place: EFCA Today, “EFCA Now” — Diane McDougall, Matt Pamer, Rae Phillips, Brian Cole, JourneyGroup

Fourth Place: Wheaton Magazine Online, “#MyWheaton” — Allison Althoff Steinke, Kevin Schmalandt, Whitney Bauck, Katherine Braden, Natasha Zeng

Fifth Place: Luke Society News, “Luke Society News Blog” — Dan Breen

 

Cartoon

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Captain Absolutely” — Dennis Edwards, Jenny Dillon, Stephen O’Rear

Second Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Friends Out Back” — Crystal Bowman, Kevin Zimmer, Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols, Lexie Rhodes

Third Place: Answers Magazine, “Kids Answers: The Promised Lamb” — Jon Seest, Dan Stelzer

Fourth Place: Arkansas Baptist News, “And Stay Out!” — Gary Thomas

Fifth Place: The Threefold Advocate, “Inform Your Vote “ — Becky Ramirez

 

Cause of the Year: International Religious Persecution

First Place: Leadership Journal, “Healing the Horrors of Boko Haram” — Matt Woodley, Stewart Ruch III

Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “Sound Across the Sea” — John Greco, Audra Melton, Metaleap Creative

Third Place: Christianity Today Online, “How Libya’s Martyrs Are Witnessing to Egypt” — Jayson Casper

Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, “Free Indeed” — Jamie A. Hughes

Fifth Place: Sojourners, “Songs Before the Cataclysm” — Kimberly Burge

 

Cover

First Place: War Cry — Roger Selvage, Allen Satterlee

Second Place: In Part — Natalie Robb, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, William Teodori

Third Place: In Touch Magazine — In Touch Editorial Staff, Metaleap Creative

Fourth Place: Christianity Today — Sarah Gordon, SHOUT

Fifth Place: Facts & Trends — Katie Shull, Carol Pipes

 

Critical Review

First Place: Reporter Online, “Movie Review: ‘American Sniper’” — Paula Schlueter Ross, Ted Giese

Second Place: Mutuality, “Vulnerability Makes the Man: A Review of Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood by Nate Pyle” — Tim Krueger, Mimi Haddad

Third Place: The Banner, “Tuned In” — Robert N. Hosack, Kristy Quist, Leonard J. Vander Zee

Fourth Place: Sojourners, “Devils We Know” — Stephanie Sandberg

Fifth Place: Christianity Today, “Our Forgotten Pro-Life History” — Robert Tracey McKenzie

 

Department

First Place: ANM World Missions, “Challenges & Victories” — Andrew Needham, John Lindner, Heather Kirk

Second Place: Answers Magazine, “Creation on Display” — Stephanie McDorman, Gordon Wilson, Donna O’Daniel, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer

Third Place: Outreach Magazine — James Long, Tim Downs, Marcus Torres, Meredee Berg, Taylor Bird

Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, “Life Frames” — Jon Warren, Eugene Lee, Laura Reinhardt

Fifth Place: Alabama Baptist, “Faith and Family”

 

Devotional

First Place: The Covenant Companion, “Broken” — Dana Bowman

Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “Empty of Platitudes” — Carol Barnier, Tiffany Forrester, Metaleap Creative

Third Place: Refreshed, “Stumbling in the Dark” — Tim Walker

Fourth Place: ANM World Missions, “Life Isn’t Fair—or Is It?” — John Lindner, Heather Kirk

Fifth Place: Ministry & Leadership, “The Best Way to End One Year and Start Another” — Dr. Don Sweeting

 

Editorial

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “Breaking News: 2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage” — Mark Galli

Second Place: The Banner, “Holy Catholic Church” — Leonard J. Vander Zee

Third Place: Illinois Baptist, “Sad Truth: Pastors Are Sinners Too” — Eric Reed

Fourth Place: Sojourners, “Hearts & Minds: Hate Breeds Hate” — Jim Wallis

Fifth Place: Alabama Baptist, “Alabama Needs 1 Definition of Illegal Gambling” — Bob Terry

 

Evangelism Article

First Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “How to Love an Atheist” — Alicia Britt Chole, Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse

Second Place: DTS Magazine, “A Place at the Table” — Sandra Glahn, Barry Jones

Third Place: In Touch Magazine Online, “Just Pass the Broccoli” — Patricia Raybon

Fourth Place: One Magazine, “What in the Worldview?” — Ruth McDonald, Eric K. Thomsen

Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online, “The Apologist Mom” — Andrea Palpant Dilley

 

Feature Article

First Place: Sojourners, “Nukes and the Pro-Life Christian” — Karen Swallow Prior, Atsuyoshi Fujiwara, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Ed Spivey Jr.

Second Place: Message Magazine, “Soul Food” — Lauren Farr-Miller, Ingela Hartman, Leah Pickard, Paul Luce

Third Place: World Vision Magazine, “South Sudan’s Tattered Dreams” — Kari Costanza

Fourth Place: Wheaton Magazine, “21 Innovators in the 21st Century” — Allison Althoff Steinke, Adrianna Wright, Whitney Bauck, Metaleap Creative

Fifth Place: Wesleyan Life, “Charles Wesley: Hearts of Praise” — Patrick Eby, Kory Pence

 

Fiction

First Place: The Banner, “Yet in My Flesh” — James Calvin Schaap

Second Place: Refreshed, “Christmas Through the Fog” — Mary Moody

Third Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “I Don’t Want to Be a Snowman” — Stephen O’Rear, Jesse Florea, Tim Shoemaker

 

First-Person Article

First Place: In Touch Magazine, “Just Pass the Broccoli” — Patricia Raybon, Iain Bagwell, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Christianity Today, “When Islands of Meaning Sink Beneath Us” — Douglas Groothuis

Third Place: Leadership Journal, “When HotChurch Came to Town” — Keith Mannes

Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, “Jesus, Take This Cup From Me” — Dana Bowman

Fifth Place: The Banner, “A Luminous Mystery” — J. Todd Billings

 

Freelance Article

First Place: Steve Rabey, “Beyond Crime and Punishment: Restorative Justice Offers Healing to Colorado Victims, Communities”

Second Place: Claudean Boatman, “Beyond the Walls: Sharing Grief and Growing Community”

Third Place: Patti Townley-Covert, “A Chance at Life”

Fourth Place: Michael Foust, “Will I Love My Biological Child as Much as My Adopted Ones?”

Fifth Place: Chris Maxwell, “You Need Solitude, But You Don’t Need Isolation”

 

General Article: Long

First Place: Facts & Trends, “Searching for a Savior” — Aaron Earls, Carol Pipes

Second Place: Outreach Magazine, “Courageous Leadership” — James Long, Tim Downs, Marcus Torres, Meredee Berg, Taylor Bird

Third Place: ANM World Missions, “China’s New ‘Fire Bible’” — Daniel Wen, Heather Kirk, Andrew Needham, John Lindner

Fourth Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald, “How Will I Engage the Bible” — Angeline Schellenberg

Fifth Place: Alliance Life, “A Flood of Compassion” — Janet Root, Daron Short, Peter Burgo, Melinda Lane

 

General Article: Medium

First Place: Boundless, “Where Have All the Beautiful Women Gone?” — Joshua Rogers

Second Place: Christianity Today Online, “Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women” — Katelyn Beaty

Third Place: Illinois Baptist, “When War Comes Home” — Kayla Rinker

Fourth Place: Decision, “Biblical Anchors, Aweigh?” — Jerry Pierce, Bob Paulson

Fifth Place: The Behemoth, “Oh, How He Smells Us” — Kate Shellnutt

 

General Article: Short

First Place: Answers Magazine, “The Opossum—Survival of the Generalist” — Stephanie McDorman, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer

Second Place: Compassion Magazine, “Value Beyond Words” — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Michelle Dana, Tim Glenn, Paul Moede

Third Place: New Frontier Chronicle, “Salvation Army Online Auction Site Now Live” — Christin Davis

Fourth Place: Refreshed, “Bread Winner: Provoking Harmony With an Act of Kindness” — Dean Nelson

Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “Why I Haven’t Left Syria”

 

Humorous

First Place: Sojourners, “First World Problems” — Ed Spivey Jr.

Second Place: The Covenant Companion, “Confessions of a Not So Cheerful Giver” — Dana Bowman

Third Place: Refreshed, “Hello, My Name Is…” — Joanne Brokaw

Fourth Place: Leading Hearts, “A Hairy Situation” — Torry Martin

Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, “Thanks for Taking My Stuff” — Matt Woodley, Jeff Gregory, Metaleap Creative

 

Interview Article

First Place: Crux, “We Are Still Near the Beginning: A Conversation With Wendell Berry” — Chad Wriglesworth, Wendell Berry

Second Place: Books & Culture, “Every Single Thing in You Has to Bow Down” — Jane Zwart

Third Place: Decision, “Combatting a Culture of Death” — Richard Greene

Fourth Place: The Living Church, “Gospel as Counter-narrative” — G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Fifth Place: Leadership Journal, “The Secret of Strategic Neglect” — Marshall Shelley, Drew Dyck

 

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Southern Seminary Magazine, “Religious Liberty Imperiled” — Eric Jimenez

Second Place: In Touch Magazine, “Called to the Cubicle” — Daniel Darling, Darren Braun, Metaleap Creative

Third Place: Christianity Today, “Comet of Wonder” — Sarah Gordon

Fourth Place: Message Magazine, “Candidate Class 2015” — Leah Pickard, Ingela Hartman, Lauren Farr-Miller, Paul Luce

Fifth Place: Thriving Family, “The Weight of Words” — Michael Ridgeway, Andrea Gutierrez, Cary Bates, Jody Reiner, Michael Heath

 

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: In Touch Magazine, “A Fool’s Errand” — Tony Woodlief, Keith Negley, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Fuller — Denise Louise Klitsie

Third Place: Clubhouse Jr., “The Hot, Hot Picnic” — Andy Elkerton, Lexie Rhodes

Fourth Place: Wheaton Magazine, “To Invest or Not to Invest?” — Dan Matutina, Metaleap Creative, Allison Althoff Steinke

Fifth Place: Christianity Today, “Our Forgotten Pro-Life History” — Alecia Sharp, Joey Guidone

 

Personality Article

First Place: The Living Church, “‘Go to Galilee’“ — G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Second Place: Christianity Today, “Moore on the Margins” — Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Third Place: The Baptist Standard, “Diana Garland, Social Work Educator & Bridge Builder, Dies” — Marv Knox

Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion Online, “Breaking Through the Sound of Silence” — Dana Bowman

Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, “True Blue” — Bob Smietana

 

Photo Feature

First Place: World Vision Magazine Online, “A Day in the Life: Gift Catalog Cover Girl” — Jon Warren

Second Place: World Vision Magazine, “Shining Their Own Light” — Eugene Lee

Third Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Safe Haven” — Guy Gerrard, Ashley Walton, JourneyGroup

Fourth Place: On Mission, “Send North America Conference” — John Swain, Susan Whitley, Shawn Elledge, Steve Beaver, Joe Conway, K. Faith Morgan

Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, “School of (Solid) Rock” — Sarah Swanson

 

Photography Use

First Place: On Mission — Shawn Elledge, Steve Beaver, Joe Conway, K. Faith Morgan, Meredith Yackel, John Swain

Second Place: Worldwide Challenge — Guy Gerrard, Tom Mills, Ted Wilcox

Third Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Eugene Lee, Laura Reinhardt

Fourth Place: Word Alive — Alan Hood, Natasha Schamle, Dwayne Janke

Fifth Place: Compassion Magazine — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Michelle Dana, Tim Glenn, Paul Moede

 

Poetry

First Place: Books & Culture, “Prayer Before Reading St Mark’s Gospel” — Brett Foster

Second Place: Sojourners, “This is Praying” — Lisa Dordal

Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “At Spofford Lake” — Dave Harrity, Metaleap Creative

Fourth Place: Reformed Presbyterian Witness, “Sermon Notes for Psalm 8” — Andrew Schep

Fifth Place: Crux, “California Quail” — Sarah Crowley Chestnut

 

Publication Design

First Place: In Touch Magazine — In Touch Editorial Staff, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse — Jenny Dillon

Third Place: Christianity Today — Alecia Sharp, Sarah Gordon

Fourth Place: Explorer’s Guide — Derek Lewis, Katie Greenwood, Janiece Waldrop, Jessica Swindol, Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young

Fifth Place: On Mission — Shawn Elledge, Steve Beaver, Joe Conway, K. Faith Morgan, Meredith Yackel, Makayla Sykes

 

Publication Redesign

First Place: Wheaton Magazine — Allison Althoff Steinke, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: The Covenant Companion — Edward Gilbreath, Cathy Norman Peterson, Jane Swanson-Nystrom, Stan Friedman, Steve Luce, Evy Lennard, Kristi Schild, Dave Westerfield

Third Place: Inheritance — John Eng Cheng, Daniel Chou

Fourth Place: DTS Magazine — Sandra Glahn, Keith Yates

Fifth Place: Church Finance Today — Chris Lutes, Samuel Ogles, Ashley Emmert, Mary Bellus, Phil Marcelo, Richard Hammar

 

Reporting

First Place: World Vision Magazine, “Peru’s Moving Past” — Jane Sutton-Redner

Second Place: Morning Star News, “Religious Tensions Simmer Across Pakistan Following Church Bombings” — Asher John

Third Place: Christianity Today Online, “I Am Called a Cult Leader. I Really Don’t Care.” — Bob Smietana

Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “Flip This Church” — Bob Smietana

Fifth Place: Sojourners, “Wearing the White Hats” — Anna Lekas Miller

 

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “Pakistani Christians Mourn Large Scale Attack”

Second Place: Refreshed, “Born Dead: Baby Defies Odds After Traumatic Delivery” — Heather K. Photography

Third Place: Message Magazine, “Ministry on the Frontline” — Ingela Hartman, Lauren Farr-Miller

Fourth Place: Alabama Baptist, “Baptismal Waters” — Neisha Roberts

Fifth Place: Word Alive, “Cusco Quechua Sunday School Class in Peru” — Alan Hood, Dwayne Janke

 

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren

Second Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Boy in Soldier Uniform” — Ted Wilcox

Third Place: Pursuit, “Victory” — Jared Overstreet

Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine Online, “Mongolia Night Sky” — Jon Warren

Fifth Place: Compassion Explorer Magazine — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Michelle Dana, Tim Glenn, Paul Moede

 

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: In Touch Magazine  — In Touch Editorial Staff, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Facts & Trends, “Mental Health and the Church” — Bob Smietana, Amy Simpson, Art Greco, Thom S. Rainer, Ed Stetzer, Carol Pipes

Third Place: Compassion Magazine  — Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle, Michelle Dana, Tim Glenn, Paul Moede

Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, “Special Report: Fragile Childhoods”— Sevil Omer, Elizabeth Hendley, Jane Sutton-Redner, Nathalie Moberg

Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “Iraq & Syria Special Field Report”

 

Standing Column

First Place: Refreshed, “In Plain Sight” — Dean Nelson

Second Place: The Covenant Companion, “Jelani Greenidge” — Jelani Greenidge

Third Place: Sojourners Online, “Sojomail” — Jim Wallis

Fourth Place: In Part, “Parting Words” — Perry Engle, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, Dulcimer Brubaker

Fifth Place: One Magazine, “First Glimpse” — Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Sondra Blackburn

 

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: Africanus Journal, “Diet and Cross-Religious Witness by Cristina Richie” — Cristina Richie

Second Place: Mutuality, “Blood and Water Flowed: Becoming New Through the Feminine Imagery of Redemption” — Valerie Geer

Third Place: The Living Church, “A Radical Call: Kierkegaards Concept of Church Reform for Every Age” — Cassandra Swick

Fourth Place: Sojourners, “A ‘Radical’ Response to Islamophobia” — Ken Chitwood

Fifth Place: Message Magazine, “Growing up Different” — Abby Farran

 

Table of Contents

First Place: In Touch Magazine — In Touch Editorial Staff, Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Wheaton Magazine — Metaleap Creative, Allison Althoff Steinke

Third Place: Christianity Today — Alecia Sharp, Sarah Gordon

Fourth Place: The Brink — David Jones, Jonathan Yandell, Stephen Nelson, Katy Fry, Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young

Fifth Place: Outreach Magazine — James Long, Tim Downs, Marcus Torres, Meredee Berg, Taylor Bird

 

Titles

First Place: EFCA Today, “Guilty or Not Guilty?; Broken Hearts and Bold Faith; Throw Out Your Vision Statement” — Diane McDougall, Matt Pamer, Josh Bryant, JourneyGroup

Second Place: Clubhouse Jr., “New Dog in Town; No Fear Headgear; Baby on Board” — Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols

Third Place: Answers Magazine, “Alternate Flight Plan; Yaks—Living the High Life; Wishing Away God’s Design” — Michael Matthews, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer

Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, “Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years; Moses and Jesus Didn’t Have Their Dream Jobs By 30, Either; I Don’t Want Your Good Vibes. I Want Prayer.” — Kate Shellnutt

Fifth Place: Sojourners Online, “When the NRA Writes Your Theology; Rejecting Refugees, Rejecting Christ; When There Is No Justice in Scripture: The Rape of Tamar” — Elaina Ramsey, Ryan Hammill, Ryan Stewart, Sandi Villarreal, Catherine Woodiwiss, JP Keenan

 

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: Wheaton Magazine, “From Communism to Christ” — Metaleap Creative

Second Place: Inheritance, “More Than What You See” — Daniel Chou, Wonho Frank Lee

Third Place: Answers Magazine, “Was the United States Really Founded as a Christian Nation?” — Joseph Alessio, Dan Stelzer

Fourth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Now Showing” — Ashley Walton, JourneyGroup

Fifth Place: Alliance Life, “Team Spirit” — Daron Short, Martha Krienke, Peter Burgo, Melinda Lane

 

Typography and Lettering

First Place: Answers Magazine, “Alternate Flight Plan” — Dan Stelzer

Second Place: Wesleyan Life, “Charles Wesley: Hearts of Praise” — Kory Pence, Julia Sprow

Third Place: In Touch Magazine, “From Heaven to Mirth” — Winn Collier, Metaleap Creative

Fourth Place: Message Magazine, “Soul Food” — Ingela Hartman, Lauren Farr-Miller

Fifth Place: Christianity Today — Alecia Sharp

 

Website design

First Place: EFCA Today  — Diane McDougall, Matt Pamer, Josh Bryant, Rae Phillips, Brian Cole, JourneyGroup

Second Place: The Behemoth  — Ted Olsen, Jennifer McGuire, Valerie Broucek

Third Place: Sojourners Online  — Sandi Villarreal, Bob Sabath, Catherine Woodiwiss, Nathan Davis, Bob Christenson

Fourth Place: Today’s Christian Woman  — Terumi Echols, Valerie Broucek, Kelli B. Trujillo, Julie Kaminski, Natalie Lederhouse

Fifth Place: ChurchLawAndTax.com  — Samuel Ogles, Michelle Dowell, Matthew Branaugh, Louise Ferrebee, Valerie Broucek