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Courageous Leadership Award to Honor Churches Helping Address AIDS

Willow Creek Association and World Vision
Seeking to Inspire Action and Impact on Pandemic

Contact: Dean R. Owen, World Vision, 253-815-2103; dowen@worldvision.org; Paul Braoudakis, Willow Creek Association, 847-765-0070; paulb@willowcreek.org

MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Willow Creek Association and World Vision have teamed up to create The Courageous Leadership Award to honor churches helping address the AIDS pandemic.

The $100,000 award will be given to three churches, anywhere in the world, that demonstrate outstanding involvement and effectiveness in the fight against what many call the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. A total of $60,000 will be awarded to the first church and $20,000 to each of two runners up.

“AIDS demands an active response from those who are called to be followers of Jesus Christ,” says Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, and chairman of the board of the Willow Creek Association. “If we truly wish to represent Christ in the world today, we must seek out those who are poor and sick and forgotten, offering both eternal hope and practical help.”

“The goal of the award is not only to honor those churches already involved in fighting HIV and AIDS, but also to be a catalyst, encouraging other churches to explore how they might get involved in what God is doing through His Church to have an impact,” says Richard E. Stearns, president of World Vision, U.S. “Regardless of the churches’ size or budget, the recipients of The Courageous Leadership Award will be selected based on how they strategically, intentionally and creatively have leveraged their God-given vision, gifts and resources to help address AIDS.”

The award is open to any Christian church that affirms an historic, orthodox understanding of biblical Christianity. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2007, with the winners to be announced next August at the Willow Creek Association’s Leadership Summit in South Barrington, IL. Among the other qualifications include:

- Proven, measurable results
- Ministries targeting the hardest-hit, under-resourced regions of the world
- Sustainable initiatives

The complete application and more information about the award are available by visiting: www.courageousleadershipaward.com.