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CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 8, 2013 — The Evangelical Press Association presented its 2013 Awards of Excellence and Higher Goals Awards at its annual convention May 1-3, 2013 in Nashville. The global media ministry of Christianity Today was honored with a total of 42 awards.

Each year the Evangelical Press Association contest honors the best work done by EPA-member publications during the past calendar year. This year nine Christianity Today brands from across the nonprofit ministry won an award. Mark Galli, Christianity Today magazine editor reflects, "Awards like this are gratifying, and result from everyone doing their part, and of the good leadership of David Neff, last year as editor in chief. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes one to produce an award-winning magazine, with a good ‘mayor’ to boot!"

Some award highlights included:

Cause of the Year: Extreme Poverty

The Evangelical Press Association chooses a specific cause that members can focus on. Christianity Today received 1st place this year with the article Cost-Effective Compassion by Bruce Wydick, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco. The article highlights the ten most popular strategies for helping the poor and measures their impact.

Christianity Today’s global coverage

Christianity Today is known as a leader in reporting about the church worldwide, and several awards were given that had a strong international dimension to them, including:

  • Quebec: Canada’s Prodigal Province, a report on what evangelicals are doing in their post-Christian culture, won 1st place for Freelance Article
  • The Fight for Egypt’s Future, a dispatch from Cairo about their Coptic Christians, won 2nd place in the Reporting category
  • Miracles in Mozambique, a feature article on missionary Mama Heidi, received 2nd place in Photo Feature and 3rd place in Single Photo: Candid
  • Teaching the Dragon,, a piece by Andrew Thompson on the growing universities in North Korea and northeast China, won 3rd place for Student Writer of the Year

Top digital awards

In the overall website design category, awards were given to two Christianity Today websites relaunched in 2012. took 1st place and took 2nd place.

For the second straight year, the Managing Your Church blog received the Award of Excellence in the Church Ministry (Digital) category and received the Award of Excellence in the Newsletter (Digital/Email) category.

For the first time, Kyria (now received the top award in the Devotional (Digital) category.

Below is the full listing of Christianity Today’s 2013 EPA awards:

Awards of Excellence
Honors overall excellence of a publication. Judges in this category evaluate a number of criteria, including writing quality, content choices and design.

Christian Ministry
Excellence: Leadership Journal
Merit: Church Law & Tax Report

Christian Ministry (Digital)
Excellence: Managing Your Church
Merit: Building Church Leaders

Devotional (Digital)
Excellence: Kyria/Today’s Christian Woman

Excellence: Christianity Today
Merit: Books & Culture

General (Digital)
Merit: Christianity Today Online

Merit: Church Finance Today

Newsletter (Digital/Email)

Higher Goals Awards
Honors individual aspects of a publication, such as reporting, column writing and design.

Article Series
3rd Christianity Today: Global Gospel Project

Cause of the Year: Extreme Poverty
1st Christianity Today: Cost-Effective Compassion

Critical Review
3rd Books & Culture: Talking about REAL Marriage

4th Kyria/Today’s Christian Woman: When God Doesn’t Answer Prayers
5th Leadership Journal: A Life to Die For…

2nd Christianity Today Online: Why Last Saturday’s Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous

1st Leadership Journal: Acting Like Jesus
4th Today’s Christian Woman: God’s Neighborhood Plan

Freelance Article
1st Christianity Today: Quebec: Canada’s Prodigal Province

General article: Short
3rd Christianity Today: The Evangelical Jesus Prayer

General article: Medium
1st Christianity Today: From Powerlifter to Powerless
2nd Going to Hell with Ted Haggard
4th Kyria/Today’s Christian Woman: My Stiff-Necked Life
5th Christianity Today Online: The Media and the Massacre

5th Today’s Christian Woman: Three World-Changer Things You Can Do Before Breakfast

4th Becoming a Just Church

3rd Books & Culture: My Favorite Bollywood Film

2nd Christianity Today: The Fight for Egypt’s Future

Standing column
3rd Christianity Today: Past Imperfect (David Neff)

Student writer of the year
3rd Christianity Today: Andrew Thompson, Teaching the Dragon

3rd Christianity Today

4th Christianity Today: Laying on of hands is always a challenge at First Pirate Church

Original art: Digital/Mixed Media
3rd Christianity Today: Why Christus Victor Is Not Enough

Photo feature
2nd Christianity Today: Miracles in Mozambique

Photography use
4th Christianity Today

Single photo: Candid
3rd Christianity Today: Mama Heidi of Mozambique

Single photo: Controlled
4th Christianity Today: Todd Wood, Young-Earth Creationist

Typography and lettering
3rd Leadership Journal: Epic Fail

Website Design

3rd Christianity Today Online: Her.meneutics

A full list of EPA 2013 awards can be found at the association’s website:

Christianity Today is a nonprofit, global media ministry that serves the church through digital and print publications, as well as practical and accessible web resources that together reach more than 2.5 million people every month.