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The Agapé Center for Service and Learning

The Barnabas Award

The Barnabas Servant Leadership Award is named for Barnabas, who was a servanWheel-Thrown Basint leader selling land in Cyprus to buy food for the post-Pentecost crowned in Jerusalem. Barnabas recruited Paul for ministry, worked with Paul as a missionary, mentored John Mark, and led a multicultural pastoral team in Antioch. The name Barnabas means “son of encouragement.” The award, in association with the Barney II and Moore Foundations, takes his name as it serves as an effective instrument to the entire educational community by promoting the ideals of service that substantially benefits others. Wheel-thrown basins are given out each year to each recipient of the Barnabas Award. 


The awards are made available by the Agape Center and will be given to one current senior and one current employee at Messiah College.


Each year, we ask for nominations of individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions in the areas of ministry, community service, and leadership. The community service that the Barnabas Award seeks to reward is unpaid service that is done off-campus through community partners. The following factors will be given priority in selecting the recipient.

  • The level of spiritual maturity and commitment to ministry and community service.
  • The ability to integrate her/his ministry and community service with other aspects of her/his life and work including academic work, faith perspectives and sense of vocation.
  • The impact of the ministry and community service on the community in which she/he served and her/his ability to effectively work with and respect persons with whom she/he worked.

The finalists will be asked for additional information. Please inform the person that you are nominating them.


To nominate a student or employee, click HERE and create an account & password or log-in using your existing login information and select “Create Project”. Under the title Awards, select Barnabas Award.


The last day for nominations is March 10, 2014.