The Clergy and Educator Memorial Medallions: What Conferences Need To Know

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes the sacrifices and dedication of its employees and seeks to demonstrate its appreciation in a variety of ways. One way the church expresses appreciation after the death of a pastor or educator is with a Seventh-day Adventist Clergy or Educator Memorial Medallion. The Seventh-day Adventist Clergy and Educator Memorial Medallions honor the sacrificial service of the men and women who dedicated their lives to full-time gospel or educational ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These medallions along with an accompanying memorial medallion certificate is to be presented by a conference administrator or departmental director at the funeral or memorial service of all vested clergy and educators who served the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as Seventh-day Adventist military and hospital chaplains. 

The medallion is to be affixed to cemetery grave markers or placed on a stand in one’s home as a perpetual testament to their service and hope in the second coming of Christ. 

Who is qualified to receive a memorial medallion? 

The memorial medallion is available to all vested full-time pastors and educators who faithfully served the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as Seventh-day Adventist military and hospital chaplains. 

How To Present the Medallions?

Summary 

Scripture tells us “God . . . will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people.” Hebrews 6:10 NIV. And in 1 Timothy 5:18, “Those who work deserve their pay!” NLT. This medallion is presented to the family of deceased ministers or teachers who has served faithfully in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a small token of appreciation declaring thankfulness from the church and faithfulness of the worker, to be placed permanently on the tombstone/headstone of the faithful one when appropriate. This medallion is a gift from the former conference or last conference of service and is presented to the family of the former employee. To God be the glory! 

Protocol for Presentation of Memorial Medallions 

The presentation of the medallion should made publicly either at the funeral or memorial services or at the graveside prior to the committal of the deceased worker. This medal should be presented in gratitude for the faithful worker’s service. It should be given with case or uncovered box along with a memorial certificate to the immediate spouse or closest family member. Prior instructions or arrangements should be made with the funeral home, so the family will know what the next steps are to ensure the medallion is placed properly on the tombstone. Communication with the family is also appropriate to ensure their support of this public token of thankfulness. 

Suggested Ceremony Language

[Ask all denominational employees to stand or raise their hand] The Seventh- dayAdventistChurchfamilyisheretosupportyou.Onbehalfofthe

                                   Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, please accept this Seventh-day Adventist Clergy/Educator Memorial Medallion and Certificate as our expression of gratitude for the faithful service of (name)

                                       in ministry to our churches/schools. May the Lord (comfort / walk- optional) with you and your family until He returns.

*Finally, to go the extra mile, a Christian flag may also be presented to the family during the presentation of the medallion.

HOW TO ORDER A SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST MEMORIAL MEDALLION?

Conferences will want to keep a supply of medallions on hand for presentation at funerals or to give to families who have had a loved one to die since January 1, 2017. Medallions may be ordered from AdventSource.

THE MEMORIAL CERTIFICATE

A memorial medallion certificate is to be given along with the medallion. Certificates for clergy and educators may be downloaded from AdventSource as a fillable pdf and printed in your office for presentation to the family. For best presentation a cover weight acid-free paper stock is recommended for printing certificates.

HOW MAY FAMILIES ORDER 

A MEMORIAL MEDALLION?

Families who would like to receive a medallion for a deceased loved one who died since January 1, 2017 may request a medallion from their conference ministerial or education department. Families who would like to receive a medallion for clergy or educators who died prior to January 1, 2017 may purchase one from AdventSource for $99.00.

You may order a memorial medallion from AdventSource.org in three easy steps:

1.         Download a Seventh-day Adventist Clergy or Educator Memorial Medallion Application Form and fill it out.

2.         Submit the completed application to your conference to be verified and signed.

3.         Upon approval, submit the approved application to AdventSource to make purchase.

 Upon receipt of the memorial medallion, you can work with the cemetery to affix the medallion on the grave marker or install it yourself. Installation instruction may be downloaded from the AdventSource website. In cases of cremation, the medallion may be placed on the columbarium or displayed in your home.