Stephen W. Johnson Mission Award

The nomination period for 2021-2022 is now closed. Please check back this fall – the 2022-2023 nomination period will open in November!

Established by an employee-led committee in 2021, the Stephen W. Johnson Mission Award recognizes employees who exemplify the values of Concordia’s mission through their everyday life. These individuals embody characteristics of compassion, patience, kindness and respect while selflessly serving others with a Christ-like heart. The award is Concordia’s highest employee honor, given in memory of the late Mr. Johnson who was a steward of compassion and spent countless hours supporting and preserving Concordia’s mission.

Stephen JohnsonWho was Stephen W. Johnson?

Stephen W. Johnson was a man of great faith, wisdom and character. He was also a servant leader who spent 19 years on the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Board of Directors, including 12 as chairman. On June 11, 2020, while still serving in his role as Chairman of the Board, Steve passed into glory. And while we mourn his home-going, we are comforted that his soul is now with Jesus.

Steve believed in mission first and he was dedicated to ensuring that our organization was fulfilling our calling to serve God’s people. His actions and words were always Christ-centered and mission-driven. To Steve, Concordia’s growth meant that we were fulfilling our mission successfully, and exposing more people to the love of God through the hands of our caregivers. In fact, one of his most memorable quotes was that “For-profit companies grow to deliver results to investors. But great nonprofits grow to expand and develop their mission.”

Award Nomination Criteria

The Stephen W. Johnson Mission Award demonstrates what it means to truly go above and beyond the call to serve our patients, residents, fellow colleagues and community members in need. Concordia is blessed with an incredible staff who perform extraordinary acts of kindness throughout the year, both seen and unseen, and this is our organization’s way of saying “thank you” to those who selflessly serve the ideals of our mission each and every day.

When nominating an individual for this award, please consider their dedication to Concordia’s mission, be prepared to provide examples of how they devote their time helping others and explain their commitment to person centered care. Additional guidance on the criteria is as follows:

Dedication to Concordia’s Mission

Provide an example(s) of how the employee serves our mission of caring either within Concordia’s walls or throughout outside community service.

Examples of Christ-like Heart

In what ways does the employee devote their time to helping others with kindness and compassion?

Commitment to Person Centered Care 

How has the employee demonstrated their commitment to providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual, employee, patient and resident preferences, needs and values.

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