BCWI Announces 2015 Best Christian Workplaces

BCWI_Certified_2015_ClearThis year’s 2015 Best Christian Workplaces list identifies organizations where employees experience healthy, even flourishing workplace cultures. The employees in these organizations find the work they do to be so meaningful and transformational they are willing to go the extra mile. The rich day-to-day relationships and fellowship experienced are particularly meaningful. Results show employees in our Certified organizations give more of their energy, creativity and passion on their job, according to Al Lopus, President of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).

Certified Best Christian Workplaces are global and represent all facets of ministries from churches, schools to universities, parachurch missions to product and services, book publishers to radio stations. These Certified organizations exceed the percentage of engaged employees vs. norms.

The BCWI survey, now in its thirteenth year, is identifying more Certified organizations than any other year. Historically, BCWI has surveyed over 150,000 employees from 640 organizations in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. In the past six months, 111 organizations participated in the survey with 58 achieving Certification including 22 churches. Attaining BCWI certification is not easy, many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction. The list includes:

African Leadership, Inc. – Brentwood, TN

Apartment Life – Euless, TX

Aspen Group – Frankfort, IL

Blue Ridge Community Church – Forest, VA

Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN

Bridgepoint Church – Boise, ID

C3 Church Kawana Waters – Warana, QLD Australia

CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IN

Care Net – Lansdowne, VA

Chalice Canada – Lower Sackville, NS Canada

Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ

Christian Veterinary Mission – Seattle, WA

Church of the King – Mandeville, LA

Coalition for Christian Outreach – Pittsburgh, PA

Compassion Canada – London, ON Canada

CRISTA Camps – Seattle, WA

CRISTA Media – Seattle, WA

CRISTA Ministries – Seattle, WA

Cross Point Church – Nashville, TN

Crossroads Bible College – Indianapolis, IN

Denver Rescue Mission – Denver, CO

English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, CO

Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX

Faith Promise Church – Knoxville, TN

Garland Heart – Wylie, TX

Gateway Church – Southlake, TX

The Gideons International – Nashville, TN

Grace Bible Church – Virginia Beach, VA

Grace Church – Overland Park, KS

Grace Family Church – Durban, South Africa

Grace Fellowship UMC – Katy, TX

The Human Capital Group, Inc. – Brentwood, TN

InterVarsity Press – Westmont, IL

Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA

King’s Schools – Seattle, WA

Lake Pointe Church – Rockwall, TX

Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc. – Greenville, SC

Mission India – Grand Rapids, MI

New Covenant Church – Clyde, NC

NewSpring Church – Anderson, SC

North Avenue Presbyterian Church – Atlanta, GA

Novo Ministries – Oklahoma City, OK

Oak Pointe Church – Novi, MI

Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL

Peninsula Covenant Church – Redwood City, CA

Pine Harbor Christian Academy – Hastings, MN

PrairieLand Partners, Inc. – Emporia, KS

River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX

Rose Publishing – Torrance, CA

Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL

Seattle Urban Academy – Seattle, WA

Upward Sports – Spartanburg, SC

Vineyard Church – Kansas City, MO

The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN

Whitworth University – Spokane, WA

The Woods Church – Warren, MI

World Concern – Seattle, WA

WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – White Rock, BC Canada

To earn the distinction as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations take part in the Best Christian Workplace Institute’s employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence. The survey covers issues such as job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, supervisory effectiveness, work satisfaction, personal growth and development, management effectiveness, customer/supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communication and pay and benefits. Employees confidentially respond to more than 50 questions addressing these topics.

Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s purpose is to serve faith-based organizations by creating processes of discovery, facilitating leadership and organizational health and encouraging behaviors that build flourishing organizations. BCWI is a non-profit research based organizational development and human resources consulting firm based on Mercer Island, WA. www.bcwinstitute.org  http://blog.bcwinstitute.org http://www.facebook.com/bestchristianworkplacesinstitute

Communicating to Create the Desire to Excel: College of Biblical Studies Case Study



When Bill Blocker became president of College of Biblical Studies in Houston, two goals rose to the top:

  • Articulate the mission
  • And get everyone’s buy in

Blocker realized, however, that neither outcome would matter without achieving a third goal—seeing every staff and faculty engaged with passion and energy.


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How NewSpring Church Built a Flourishing Culture [Podcast]

Welcome to this new audio podcast with Jason Moorhead, Central Development Pastor at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC.  In this episode we discuss how NewSpring created a culture of trust and transparency.  We also discuss their goal of having 100,000 weekend attenders by 2020.

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Listen how NewSpring has achieved a 93% staff engagement level!

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Transparency and Trust Build Culture: College of Biblical Studies – Houston Case Study

What president or CEO wouldn’t want to cultivate the kind of transparency and  trust  that can generate staff unity, organizational effectiveness and ministry impact? But what if turbulent events preceding your arrival meant you had to essentially start from a deficit position?



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4 Reasons Behind NewSpring Church’s Flourishing Culture

          If you were offered a comparable job at higher pay would you stay? … Or leave?

Recently, when asked this question, 97% of 400 staff at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina said they would stay (81% Strongly Agree).

That finding is consistent with an overwhelming 99% of staff that say they like working at NewSpring.

93% Staff Engagement at NewSpring! What?!

How did NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, grow from a living room Bible study of 8 to its current 35,000 weekend worshipers on ten campuses?Newspring-church_004

Could there be a correlation between NewSpring’s ongoing numeric growth and an overwhelming 93% of its 400 staff are engaged as measured by the Best Christian Workplace survey?

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Hybels: Practical Steps to Turn a Culture Around

This year’s Global Leadership Summit was my spiritual highpoint of the year. It was challenging and inspirational.  Bill Hybels led off with a talk right from the heart about Practical Steps to Turn a Culture Around.

GLS Willow CreekBill’s transparency about the nearly toxic culture he faced upon returning to Willow’s day-to-day leadership in 2009 is becoming legend. He… Continue reading

BCWI Announces 2014 Best Christian Workplaces

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The 2014 Best Christian Workplaces rely on inspirational work and effective communication to create a flourishing culture that meets the needs of those they serve. Best Christian Workplaces Institute announces that 76 distinguished organizations have earned Certification as Best Christian Workplaces for 2014. Each year since 2003, BCWI has identified the list of Certified Best Christian Workplaces. This… Continue reading

Five Attributes That Improve Your Hiring Batting Average

Five Attributes Hiring

As a leader, I realized selecting the best people to join our team was the most important part of my job. Ultimately, it’s the people on the team that make or break our ability to meet our mission and goals. BCWI’s research has proved that it is even more important and difficult in Christian organizations. Why?… Continue reading