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.
Who 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 will set the standard for what it means to truly go above and beyond the call to serve those who entrust us with their care and our fellow 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.
The 2023 Stephen W. Johnson Mission Award nomination period has closed. THANK YOU to all who nominated a Concordia team member! Our finalists will be honored at a ceremony and banquet on Saturday, June 24, 2023 – check back closer to the date for a link to a live stream of the event!
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