BCWI Announces 2014 Best Christian Workplaces

bcwiribbons2014_normalBest Christian Workplaces Institute announces 48 distinguished organizations have earned Certification as Best Christian Workplaces for 2014. Each year since 2003, BCWI recognizes exceptional organizations whose leadership understands that employee engagement results from a flourishing culture and drives positive ministry outcomes.
Certified Best Christian Workplaces span the globe 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.

Last August at the Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels boldly shared the transformational journey Willow Creek Community Church had been on during the past five years and the impact it has had on their church. After moving from a nearly toxic culture to a flourishing culture, Hybels says the payoff is, “You will simply not believe how much better a healthy culture performs. Get ready for outcomes you never thought were possible by your organization.”

The BCWI survey, now in its eleventh year, has surveyed over 135,000 employees from 575 organizations in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. In the past six months, 98 organizations participated in the survey with 48 achieving Certification. Attaining BCWI certification is not easy, many organizations survey multiple times before receiving BCWI’s certification.

Churches
121 Community Church – Grapevine, TX
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Antioch Community Church – Waco, TX
Blue Ridge Community Church – Forest, VA
CedarCreek Church – Perrysburg, OH
Christ the King Community Church – Bellingham, WA
Church of the King – Mandeville, LA
Church of the Resurrection – Leawood, KS
Desert Vineyard – Lancaster, CA
Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX
Frederick Christian Fellowship Church – Frederick, MD
Gateway Church – Southlake, TX
Grace Chapel – Englewood, CO
Grace Family Church – Durban, South Africa
Grace Fellowship UMC – Katy, TX
Next Level Church – Ft. Myers, FL
Real Life Christian Church – Valencia, CA
Southland Christian Church – Lexington, KY
The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN
Vineyard Church – Kansas City, MO

Christian Organizations
American Bible Society – New York, NY
Apartment Life – Hurst, TX
Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN
CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IL
Care Net – Lansdowne, VA
Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO
Christian Brothers Automotive – Houston, TX
Christian Care Ministry – Melbourne, FL
Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ
Christian Leadership Alliance – San Clemente, CA
CCO-Coalition for Christian Outreach – Pittsburgh, PA
College of Biblical Studies – Houston – Houston, TX
Compassion Canada – London, ON
Denver Rescue Mission – Denver, CO
English language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, CO
Garland Heart –Wylie, TX
Grace Brethren Christian School – Clinton, MD
Hales Corners Lutheran Schools – Hales Corners, WI
Joy El – Greencastle, PA
Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA
Logos Bible Software – Bellingham, WA
Mission India – Grand Rapids, MI
Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL
Phoenix Seminary – Phoenix, AZ
Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL
Upward Sports – Spartanburg, SC
Welch College – Nashville, TN
WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – White Rock, BC

For employees in Christian organizations, working in a fantastic culture energizes their calling and passion for service to others. Employees in Christian organizations are also encouraged to see continuous improvement in engagement levels among their coworkers. Engagement levels improved to 53.6% vs. 51% a year ago, and 47% two years ago according to Al Lopus, President of Best Christian Workplaces. As a result the gap between the engagement levels of Christian and secular workplaces continues to grow.

To earn the distinction as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations participate 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

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  • Don Gleason

    Congrats to Apartment Life!
    What an amazing ministry!
    Also to all these other churches and ministries
    Don Gleason
    Orlando, FL