2021 Higher Goals Awards

The 2021 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2020 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: Religion Unplugged, Evangelicals in the Environmental Movement — Meagan Clark, Jillian Cheney. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle, A Minister’s Battle with COVID-19 — Chellie Ison. Third Place: One Magazine, On the Brink | Just Call Me Old! — Brenda Evans. Fourth Place: The Alabama Baptist, COVID-19 Series — Jennifer Rash, Carrie McWhorter. Fifth Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Trump vs. Biden series — Bobby Ross Jr.

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Illinois Baptist, Monumental — Eric Reed Second Place: DTS Voice, Longing for Home — Rebecca McDougall. Third Place: DTS Magazine, Walking with God — John F. Walvoord. Fourth Place: The Banner, Model Kingdom Disciples — Shiao Chong. Fifth Place: Answers in Genesis, Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and the Christian — Brandon Clay

Blog: Single Post

First Place: Carla Foote, Plodding Climb. Second Place: Chris Maxwell, One Suit and Two Saturdays and Many Memories. Third Place: Mutuality Online, How Patriarchy Hurts Men — David Hart. Fourth Place: Message Magazine, Sitting on the Sidelines — Stephanie Boon. Fifth Place: Michael Foust, 4 Powerful Gospel Lessons from Infidel, Jim Caviezel’s Film about Persecution

Blog: Website

First Place: Plugged In, Plugged In Blog — Adam Holz, Paul Asay, Emily Clark, Bob Hoose, Kristin Smith. Second Place: Message Magazine, ABWE Blog — Alex Kocman, Loren Skinker. Third Place: Seana Scott, SeanaScott.org. Fourth Place: The Alabama Baptist Online, Rashional Thoughts — Jennifer Rash

Cartoon

First Place: Illinois Baptist — Dennis Fletcher. Second Place: Cadet Quest, Casey’s Cadre — Bob Lyzenga. Third Place: The Banner, Our Shared Ministry — Chad Thompson. Fourth Place: The Christian Post, Are Churches More Contagious than Casinos?! — Rod Anderson

Cause of the Year Article - Christian Citizenship

First Place: Influence, Neighboring for the Common Good — Don Everts. Second Place: Peer, A Christian Duty — Michael Wear. Third Place: War Cry, The Fight Against Human Trafficking — Arielle Curry. Fourth Place: The Banner, Applying Discipleship to our Political Lives — Vincent Bacote. Fifth Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Why These 21st Century David Lipscombs Won't Vote for Trump or Biden — Bobby Ross Jr.

Cause of the Year Illustration/Photo - Christian Citizenship

First Place: Sojourners, Unafraid to Hope — Tracie Ching. Second Place: Peer, A Christian Duty — Liam Madden

Cover

First Place: Decision Magazine, Will America Ever Be the Same? — Glenn Gemmell. Second Place: SAConnects, Gender Equality is a Human Right — Reginald Raines, Joe Marino, Lea Greene. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, Colombia: Guerrilla Evangelists — Felipe Carranza, Jon Green, Natasha Fullard. Fourth Place: Mutuality, Womanist Theology: Unraveling the Double Bind of Racism and Sexism — Cara Quinn. Fifth Place: Resource, NOW GEN (not next gen) — Kris Kell

Critical Review

First Place: Crux, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts — Jens Zimmermann. Second Place: Religion Unplugged, Does ‘Holy’ Mark A New Era In Justin Bieber’s Music? — Jillian Cheney. Third Place: SAConnects, What’s the Digital: The Chosen — Warren L. Maye. Fourth Place: Plugged In, The Prom — Bob Hoose. Fifth Place: The Christian Post, Our Girls are Being Irreversibly Damaged by the Transgender Craze — Brandon Showalter

Department

First Place: Sojourners, Culture — Da’Shawn Mosley, Joey Chin, Hannah Conklin. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, Arts & Culture — Companion Staff. Third Place: Illinois Baptist, Resource — Eric Reed, Kris Kell, Meredith Flynn, Lisa Misner, Leah Honnen. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Margin Notes — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Sandy Feit, Kayla Yiu, Dallas Hazelrig. Fifth Place: War Cry, Frontlines — Lt. Colonel Timothy Foley, Jeff McDonald, Roger J. Green, Major Lesa Davis, Jonathan Raymond, Joshua Morales

Devotional

First Place: Message Magazine, Christian Witness and the Power of Good in Changing Times — Paul Davis. Second Place: Teachers of Vision, For Such a Time as This — Connie Averitt Williams. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, Living Light and Free — Fil Anderson. Fourth Place: One Magazine, Reflections on My Father — Matthew S. Bracey. Fifth Place: Leading Hearts, A Prayer When You Feel Defeated — Linda Evans Shepherd

e-Newsletter

First Place: World Vision News & Stories, World Vision eNews — Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie. Second Place: Baptist Press, SBC Morning Briefing — Jonathan Howe, Kyle Cochran, George Schroeder, Laura Erlanson, Diana Chandler, Scott Barkley. Third Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Christian Chronicle Newsletter — Chellie Ison. Fourth Place: New Frontier Chronicle, New Frontier Weekly — Hillary Jackson, Cory Gaudaur. Fifth Place: Religion Unplugged, Weekend Plug-in — Bobby Ross Jr.

Editorial

First Place: One Magazine, First Glimpse: Heart of the Storm — Eric K. Thomsen. Second Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, China’s Communist Party Sets Itself Above God — Cole Richards. Third Place: Word&Way Online, The Trees of Auschwitz — Brian Kaylor. Fourth Place: The Brink, From the Editor — David Jones. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine, Deeds, Not Words — Dale Mason

Evangelism Article

First Place: Cru Storylines, Peace to the Far and Near: How God Is Using Digital Ministry — Rebecca Kelsall, Melissa Long. Second Place: Peer, Sprading Seeds — Sara Billups. Third Place: One Magazine, Essentials for Evangelism — Barry Raper. Fourth Place: Answers in Genesis, The Lost Path to the Roman Road — Calvin Smith. Fifth Place: Influence, The Conversion Community — Rick Richardson

Feature Article

First Place: Answers Magazine, Plastics in Paradise. Second Place: Decision Magazine, Faith on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis — Giovanna Albanese, Bob Paulson. Third Place: Cru Storylines, When Telling Stories Goes Beyond the Campfire — Sarah Wontorcik, Ted Wilcox, Mark Winz, Rachel Geckle. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Living Light and Free — Fil Anderson, Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Sandy Feit, Kayla Yiu, Dallas Hazelrig. Fifth Place: SAConnects, Chosen Vessels — Retta Blaney, Warren L. Maye, Lea Greene, Reginald Raines

Fiction

First Place: Explorer’s Guide, Tales from Explorer’s Academy: Class Captain — Derek Lewis, Janiece Waldrop, Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young, Katie Greenwood

First-Person Article

First Place: The Banner, A Death Without A Funeral — Gayla R. Postma. Second Place: Sojourners, Comfortable in My Own Skin — Maika Llaneza. Third Place: The Covenant Companion, The Word that Haunts — Cecilia Williams. Fourth Place: Answers Magazine, Welcome to Harmony Hillside — Erik Lutz. Fifth Place: Influence, Overcoming Shame — Nona Jones

Freelance Article

First Place: Seana Scott, The Gift of a Normal Day. Second Place: Michael Ray Smith, God And Guns: Why American Churchgoers Are Packing Heat. Third Place: Clarissa Moll, Trading Your Weakness for God’s Strength. Fourth Place: Ann-Margret Hovsepian, That the World May Know: How I Pray for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Other Wars. Fifth Place: Jamie Aten and Kent Annan, Living in the Tension Between Grief and Gratitude This Holiday Season

General Article: Short

First Place: Sojourners, My Church and Harvey Weinstein — Rowena Chiu. Second Place: The Pathway, Epidemics not a novelty in history of Christianity — Benjamin Hawkins. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, Encouragement for Couples Ministering in ‘Red Zones’ — Kevin Selders. Fourth Place: Network, Called to the Hard Places — Andrew Shaughnessy. Fifth Place: Influence, Overcoming Shame — Nona Jones

General Article: Medium

First Place: The Brink, Why Self-Help Christianity Doesn’t Help — Phylicia Masonheimer. Second Place: SAConnects, Lyell’s House — Hugo Bravo. Third Place: Peer, Beneath the Surface — Dr. Luann Dunnuck. Fourth Place: Just Between Us, Rx: Soul Medicine: Laughter Can Help Heal Life’s Most Difficult Times — Shelly Esser. Fifth Place: Christian History, Self-Serving Vice or Society-Building Virtue? — Kenneth Barnes

General Article: Long

First Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, Becoming ‘Paul’ — Kevin Selders. Second Place: Answers Magazine, Welcome to Harmony Hillside — Erik Lutz. Third Place: The Covenant Companion, Kinship to Creator — Lenore Three Stars. Fourth Place: Sojourners, The Legacy of the White Lion — Kelly Brown Douglas. Fifth Place: DTS Magazine, Dancing the One-Step — Sarah Stiles

Humorous

First Place: The Covenant Companion, There Is No Small Talk in Quarantine — Dana Bowman. Second Place: Word&Way Online, Treating Costco Like My Church — Brian Kaylor. Third Place: One Magazine, First Glimpse - What Time I Am Afraid — Eric K. Thomsen. Fourth Place: Sojourners, Eco-Cranky — Ed Spivey Jr.. Fifth Place: Answers in Genesis, Leap Day 2020: A Brief History of Leap Day — Danny Faulkner

Infographic

First Place: Influence, Neighboring for the Common Good — Prixel Creative, Justin Skinner, Kendra Skinner. Second Place: Fusion, Spending Time — Carol Reid, Sondra Blackburn, David Jones, Andrea Young, Katie Greenwood. Third Place: Answers Magazine, The Mystery of the Exploding Beetle — Chris Neville, Dan Stelzer. Fourth Place: Peer, Looking Back: A Salvation Army History Timeline — Captain Jamie Satterlee, Major Jason Swain, Lesia Artymovych, Andrea Ricker, Olivia Scherzer. Fifth Place: Word&Way, News By The Numbers — Ken Satterfield

Interview Article

First Place: Influence, From Necessity to Opportunity — George P. Wood. Second Place: Forward, “There Has to be More:” An Interview with Justin Jackson — Andrea Young, Carol Reid, Nic Dennis, Justin Jackson, David Jones, Katie Greenwood. Third Place: Velocity, Live Original-An Interview with Sadie Robertson — David Jones, Sadie Robertson, Nic Dennis, Carol Reid, Andrea Young, Katie Greenwood. Fourth Place: Cru Storylines, How a Trip Across the Street Led to Change Across the Globe — Rebecca Kelsall, Rachel Geckle. Fifth Place: FULLER, Native Expression — Joy Netanya Thompson

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Answers Magazine, Creation Care — Chris Neville, Dan Stelzer. Second Place: Resource, Meet Gen Z — Kris Kell. Third Place: Pursuit, Breaking Down Mental Health Stigmas — Reagan Lee. Fourth Place: Sojourners, A Christian Case for Reparations — Dave McClinton. Fifth Place: Influence, Prayer Sets the Agenda — Prixel Creative, Justin Skinner, Kendra Skinner

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Blowups and Meltdowns — Brian Mellema. Second Place: Answers Magazine, Do Your Ears Hang Low? — Cory Godbey, Dan Stelzer. Third Place: Alliance Life, A Present Help in Times of Trouble — Kenneth Crane, Reginald Screen, Peter Burgo, Emma Houk. Fourth Place: The Great Commission Magazine, The Great Commission Magazine — Emily Gwyn. Fifth Place: Sojourners, Unafraid to Hope — Tracie Ching

Personality Article

First Place: SAConnects, Compassion on Stage — Warren L. Maye. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Ousted by Democrats, anti-abortion preacher runs as independent in Tennessee — Bobby Ross Jr.. Third Place: Decision Magazine, Tony Evans Presses On — Jerri Menges. Fourth Place: Message Magazine, Jesus in Running Shoes: Honoring Eric Liddell 75 Years Later — Loren Skinker. Fifth Place: The Echo | Taylor University, Remembering Dr. Daryl Yost — Victoria Lawson

Photo Feature

First Place: World Vision Magazine, Thirsty for Change — Jon Warren, Kari Costanza. Second Place: Cru Storylines, Taking Sight and Salvation to El Salvador — Ted Wilcox, Elliott Dodge, Mark Winz. Third Place: FULLER, Native Expression — Nate Harrison, Katy Cook, Joy Netanya Thompson. Fourth Place: World Vision News & Stories, Child Sponsorship Helps Families Thrive at Home in Honduras — Jon Warren, Kathryn Reid, Laura Reinhardt. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, Beyond the Safe Zones — Joseph E. Miller, John VandenOever, Audra Melton, Cameron Lawrence, Sandy Feit, Dallas Hazelrig

Photography Use: Digital

First Place: Cru Storylines — Guy Gerrard, Tom Mills, Ted Wilcox, Conda DeVries, Rachel Geckle. Second Place: World Vision News & Stories — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Chris Huber, Andrea Peer, Heather Klinger. Third Place: FULLER Studio — Nate Harrison, Katy Cook, Lindsey Sheets. Fourth Place: Religion Unplugged — Paul Glader

Photography Use: Print

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Chris Huber, Heather Klinger, Andrea Peer, World Vision Field Communicators. Second Place: FULLER — Nate Harrison, Lindsey Sheets, Katy Cook. Third Place: Pursuit — Sophie Gravitt, Alyse Messmer, Lauren Sawdey, Kelsie Stevens. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine — Nancy Liang, Sam Falconer, Cameron Lawrence, Eric Caposella. Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs — Jay Snyder, Jon Green, Dennis Waterman

Podcast

First Place: Christianity Today, Even Fellow Believers Didnt Understand Her Love for AIDS Patients — Morgan Lee, Matt Linder, Mike Cosper, Erik Petrik. Second Place: Plugged In, Horror Movies: The Genre That Just Wont Die — Adam Holz, Paul Asay, Emily Clark, Bob Hoose, Kristin Smith, Jonathan McKee. Third Place: Baptist Press, SBC This Week: SBC Meeting Cancelled — Jonathan Howe, Amy Whitfield. Fourth Place: FULLER Studio, Conversing with Mark Labberton: Andy Crouch on Trust in a Time of Change — Mark Labberton, Patrick Duff, Lauralee Farrer, Tamara Johnston. Fifth Place: Caring Magazine, How The Salvation Army is responding to need and rescuing Christmas with Sabrina Kiser — Christin Thieme, Sabrina Kiser

Poetry

First Place: Alliance Life, The Darker the Dirt, The Richer the Soil — Sarah Bourns. Second Place: Teachers of Vision, Changed by Grace — Dawn Molnar. Third Place: Sojourners, The Dryad of Gethsemane Speaks to Mary Magdalene on the Evening of Holy Saturday — Holly Wells. Fourth Place: Crux, Psalm 127 — Fran Westwood. Fifth Place: Mutuality, A Rose — R. R. Wyatt

Publication Design

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Journey Group, World Vision Staff. Second Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs — Natasha Fullard, Dennis Waterman, Jon Green, Jessica Buchanon. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Eric Caposella. Fifth Place: Illinois Baptist — Kris Kell

Publication Redesign

First Place: Just Between Us — Julie Krinke, Shelly Esser, Ashley Schmidt, Mary Ann Prasser, Suzan Braun. Second Place: Cadet Quest — Steve Bootsma, Sarah Stuitje, Trevor Burnett. Third Place: Network — Amy Glass, Tom Mills, Melanie Benedict, Andrew Shaughnessy, Ruth Ebbs, Daniel Simmons

Reporting

First Place: Religion Unplugged, Liberty University Alums Demand Change After Falwell’s Exit — Meagan Clark, Paul Glader. Second Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, A Church No Longer Afraid — Kim van Veen. Third Place: The Christian Post, Nigeria’s ‘genocide’: Who is Helping the Thousands of Displaced Christians? — Samuel Smith. Fourth Place: The Christian Chronicle, Volunteer State: After Tennessee’s Deadly Tornadoes, Christians Rally — Bobby Ross Jr.. Fifth Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Protests and Prayers — Bobby Ross Jr.

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: FULLER, Native Expression — Nate Harrison. Second Place: World Vision News & Stories, Big Splash — Jon Warren. Third Place: Pursuit, A Call for Justice: Expanding the Boundaries of Social Activism, Outreach and Ministry — Phillip Ndowu. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, Low-tide fishermen — Chris Huber. Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs — Jay Snyder

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: Cru Storylines, When Telling Stories Goes Beyond the Campfire — Ted Wilcox. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, Walking for Water — Jon Warren. Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs — Jay Snyder. Fourth Place: World Vision News & Stories, Andy and His Alpaca — Chris Huber. Fifth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, The Marriage Issue — Katherine Marie Photography, Brian Mellema

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: Common Good, Faith and Work in Black America — Curtis Woods, Luke Bobo, John M. Perkins, Kelly Burton, Aaron Hanbury. Second Place: Sojourners, A Roadmap for Moral Resistance — Sandi Villarreal, Candace Sanders, Adam Russell Taylor, Barbara Williams-Skinner, Rose Marie Berger, Betsy Shirley. Third Place: Light Magazine, Hidden in Plain Sight: A Call to Bring Hope and Help to Victims of Abuse — Jason Thacker, Jacob Blaze, Jenn Kintner, Lindsay Nicolet, Marie Delph, Alex Ward. Fourth Place: FULLER, Politics — Joy Netanya Thompson, Katy Cook, Jerome Blanco, Denise Louise Klitsie. Fifth Place: Religion Unplugged, God and Guns: Why American Churchgoers are packing heat — Paul Glader, Michael Ray Smith, Ryan Burge, Micah Danney

Standing Column

First Place: The Covenant Companion, Jelani Greenidge — Jelani Greenidge. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle Online, Insight — Erik Tryggestad. Third Place: Christian Leader, Frontlines — Ben Friesen, Tracy Gowling. Fourth Place: The Christian Chronicle, Inside Story — Bobby Ross Jr.. Fifth Place: The Baptist Standard, Justice Looks Like — R.E., Dr. John Ogletree, Jr.

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: The Clarion, Nursing Open Wounds — Zach Walker. Second Place: Cedars, Playlists, Porches and Trees — Abigail Hintz. Third Place: Religion Unplugged, Christian TikTok Videos Are Censored And Deleted In The US, Creators Say — Liza Vandenboom. Fourth Place: The Banner, Christian Love Must Include Each Other — Adeline Larsen. Fifth Place: The Threefold Advocate, Mayra’s Journey to Freedom Beyond Borders — María Aguilar

Table of Contents

First Place: Pursuit — Lauren Sawdey. Second Place: FULLER — Katy Cook, Denise Louise Klitsie. Third Place: Cadet Quest — Steve Bootsma, Sarah Stuitje. Fourth Place: Sojourners — Sandi Villarreal, Betsy Shirley, Ed Spivey Jr., Candace Sanders. Fifth Place: Just Between Us — Julie Krinke

Titles

First Place: DTS Magazine, Longing for Home, Dancing the One Step: Pursuing God after Seminary, Walking with God Through Grief — Rebecca Walton, Amelia Palmer, Lisa White, Margaret Tolliver, Raquel Wroten. Second Place: Answers Magazine, A Puzzle of Mud and Bones, What’s the Matter?, Plastics in Paradise — Paul Garner, Dr. Danny R. Faulkner, Mike Wild, Sarah Eshleman, Kaitlyn Iocco. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, The Productivity Trap, Living Light and Free, Shouting Worth — In Touch Staff. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, Coffee Futures, There Is No Small Talk in Quarantine, Frozen Thanks — Covenant Companion Staff. Fifth Place: One Magazine, Politics and the Art of Not Throwing Shade on the Gospel, Faithful Friends in a Facebook World, When Even Our Heroes Are Flawed — Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Marianne Stewart

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: Teachers of Vision, Trauma is Messy — Daniel Stelzer. Second Place: The Great Commission Magazine, About This Issue — Sharon Chung. Third Place: Answers Magazine, The Mystery of the Exploding Beetle — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Hope Springs Eternal — Nancy Liang, Cameron Lawrence, Eric Caposella. Fifth Place: The Banner, 10 Things to Give Up for Lent That Arent Diet Coke — Dean Heetderks, Pete Euwema

Typography and Lettering

First Place: In Touch Magazine, Shouting Worth — Gemma O’Brien, Cameron Lawrence, Eric Caposella. Second Place: Influence, Create Positive Change — Prixel Creative, Kendra Skinner. Third Place: Answers Magazine, Intelligent Design — Chris Neville, Sarah Eshleman, Dr. Terry Mortenson. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family Magazine, Five Things Experts Wish You Knew About Sex — Brian Mellema. Fifth Place: Sojourners, A Roadmap for Moral Resistance — Tyler Comrie, Ed Spivey Jr., Candace Sanders

Website Design

First Place: The Echo | Lancaster Bible College — Karen Perago, Keith Baum. Second Place: Message Magazine | ABWE International — Alex Kocman, Leah Pickard, Lauren Farr-Miller, Loren Skinker. Third Place: World Vision News & Stories — World Vision Staff, Journey Group. Fourth Place: Baptist Press — Jonathan Howe, George Schroeder, Laura Erlanson, Diana Chandler, Scott Barkley. Fifth Place: FULLER Studio — Elijah Davidson, Katy Cook