Major Awards Received

The world is being deeply moved by God's love for humankind through the members
of the Church of God. The Church of God helps its neighbors and communities
with sincere volunteer services in a world where individualism and selfishness are prevalent.
Governments of many different countries and institutions have awarded the Church
with more than 3,300 medals, citations, and certificates of recognition and appreciation.

U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

The most prestigious volunteer service award in the U.S.

Lifetime Achievement Award (highest honor for an individual) &
Gold Award (highest honor for a group, 58 times)

The U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award is a premier volunteer award given to individuals or groups that have carried out volunteer services for neighbors and communities in the United States. According to the hours of service achievement, the award is classified into three levels, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service in their lifetime receive the highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to receiving the Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards.

The Church of God’s contribution to communities and the nation through diverse volunteer services–such as environmental cleanups, blood drives, disaster recovery, and welfare for seniors and people in need–has been awarded with the Gold Award, the highest honor for a group, and with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor for an individual.

Lifetime Achievement Award
2011, 1 times
Gold Award
2023, 5 times / 2022, 5 times / 2021, 1 times / 2020, 3 times / 2019, 30 times / 2018, 6 times / 2017, 3 times / 2015, 3 times / 2014, 1 times / 2011, 1 times
Silver Award
2023, 2 times / 2018, 1 times
Bronze Award
2019, 4 times / 2018, 1 times / 2017, 1 times

Proclamations and Resolutions
Given by U.S. Local Governments

Local governments and municipalities throughout 20 regions in the United States have awarded proclamations and resolutions to the Church of God, bestowing on it special honor and respect.

Proclamation by Atlanta City Council

“The Church of God offers many volunteer services that contain the Love of God the Mother . . . Now, Therefore, We, the members of the Atlanta City Council, and on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta, hereby recognize The World Mission Society Church of God on this 4th day of June 2012.”

- President Ceasar C. Mitchell and all the members of the Atlanta City Council

The Church of God members with the mayor and the councilors after receiving the Proclamation of Atlanta City Council in June, 2012

Proclamation of the Church of God Day

The Cities of Denver, Orlando, and San Diego declared a commemorative day for the Church of God and encouraged their citizens to join its volunteer services.

City of San Diego, CA, U.S. 2017 1. 15
Proclamation of World Mission Society Church of God Day
City of Charlotte, NC, U.S. 2016. 7. 17
World Mission Society Church of God Worldwide Blood Drive Day
City of Marietta, GA, U.S. 2014. 4. 8
Proclamation of World Mission Society Church of God Day
Miami-Dade County, FL 2014. 1. 19
Proclamation of World Mission Society Church of God Day
City of Orlando, FL, U.S. 2013. 11. 18
Proclamation of World Mission Society Church of God Day
City of Denver, CO, U.S. 2013. 1. 7
Proclamation of Heavenly Jerusalem Day

Awards from Ten Metropolitan Boroughs
of Greater Manchester in the U.K.

The Church of God successively received awards and letters of appreciation from mayors and councilors in all metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and Oldham.

Presidential Awards from Three Korean Governments

Presidential Group Citation, Medal of Merit, Presidential Citation

The Church’s contribution to the development and unity of Korea has been recognized by the Korean Government with the Presidential Group Citation, the highest honor for a group, as well as the Medal of Merit, and the Presidential Citation. This is the result of years of carrying out multiple volunteer services that range from environmental protection to supporting community events, disaster relief and recovery efforts for victims of typhoon, flood, and oil spills, cleanup campaigns, and even free meal service for the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

  • Presidential Group Citation in 2015
  • Medal of Merit in 2004
  • Presidential Citation in 2003
Korean Presidential Group Citation

The most honorable award for a group

The award is given to a group that has provided beneficial services in a certain field for over five years. It is very unique for a religious group to receive the award. The Church volunteers have devoted themselves to helping victims of typhoons and floods, free meal services for victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy, oil spills recovery efforts, and beach cleanups. Additionally, for their contribution for aiding in the protection of marine life and programs for the prevention of negligent accidents, the Church of God was awarded with this honor.

General Pastor Kim Joo-cheol received the Korean Presidential Group Citation and its banner at the Sejong Central Government Complex on June 8, 2015.

Honored with the Legislative Merit Medal 2022

The highest honor of the National Congress of Brazil,
nominated by the Chamber of Deputies and party leaders

The Brazilian Federal Chamber awarded the Legislative Merit Medal, the most prestigious award of the National Congress, to the Church of God in recognition of its extensive and exemplary volunteer activities such as environmental protection, health and welfare, educational support, and disaster relief, as well as its continued devotion and contribution to social and national security and solidarity.

The Chamber of Deputies grants
the World Mission Society Church of God
in recognition of the relevant services provided to Brazil.

Chamber of Deputies President Arthur Lira
The highest civilian award

The Legislative Merit Medal

The medal is awarded by the Chamber of Deputies, after a rigorous verification process, to individuals, institutions or organizations that have exerted positive influence on the country and the legislative branch and have rendered services worthy of praise from the Brazilian people.

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After receiving the Legislative Merit Medal on behalf of the Church of God, General Pastor Kim Joo-cheol (middle) poses for a photo with the First Vice-President of the Chamber Lincoln Portela (left), and Federal Deputy Sidney Leite (right).