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2016 Best Christian Workplaces Institute Announces Honorees

Article By Kathy Lopus

Share Healthy, flourishing workplace culture makes for increasingly effective organizations.

That's the upside for 62 faith-based organizations across the U.S., Canada and Australia, which have just been honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).

BCWI's FLOURISH Model measures eight essential factors of a thriving, healthy culture: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy and healthy communication. 

The Certified status reflects a "healthy-to-flourishing" culture, meeting predetermined standards of excellence on each of these eight factors. BCWI pioneered and perfected the anonymous, online employee survey instrument that compiles and calibrates individuals' responses. 

"Attaining BCWI Certification is not easy," said BCWI President Al Lopus. "About half of the organizations we survey achieve Certification, and many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction."

Since 2003, BCWI has served more than 700 faith-based organizations throughout North America and beyond.

The organizations Certified between July 1, 2015 and January 20, 2016 are:

    Bethlehem Baptist Church – Minneapolis, MN
    Church of the King – Mandeville, LA
    Community Christian Church – Naperville, IL
    Cornwall Church – Bellingham, WA
    Cross Point Church – Nashville, TN
    Crossroads Christian Church – Evansville, IN
    Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Wichita, KS
    Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX
    First Free Church – Onalaska, WI
    Floris United Methodist Church – Herndon, VA
    Gateway Church – Southlake, TX
    Harvest Church – Billings, MT
    Legacy Christian Church – Overland Park, KS
    Mountain Christian Church – Joppa, MD
    Park Community Church – Chicago, IL
    Redeemer Lutheran Church – Fort Collins, CO
    River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX
    Valley Ranch Baptist Church – Coppell, TX
    Vineyard Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
    The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN

    Apartment Life – Euless, TX
    Care Net – Lansdowne, VA
    Christian Veterinary Mission – Seattle, WA
    Compassion Canada – London, ON, Canada
    CRISTA Ministries – Seattle, WA
    English Language Institute/China – Fort Collins, CO
    The Gideons International – Nashville, TN
    Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA
    Kids Around the World – Rockford, IL
    Miracle Hill Ministries – Greenville, SC
    Novo Ministries – Oklahoma City, OK
    Reasons to Believe – Covina, CA
    Vision House – Renton, WA
    Water Mission (formerly Water Missions International) – Charleston, SC
    Willow Creek Association – South Barrington, IL
    World Concern – Seattle, WA
    WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – Surrey, BC, Canada

    Bethlehem College & Seminary – Minneapolis, MN
    College of Biblical Studies-Houston – Houston, TX
    Crossroads Bible College – Indianapolis, IN
    Grace School of Theology – The Woodlands, TX
    Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL

    Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN
    College Heights Christian School – Joplin, MO
    King's Schools – Seattle, WA
    Lionheart Children’s Academy – Euless, TX
    Seattle Urban Academy – Seattle, WA
    Toledo Christian Schools – Toledo, OH
    Valley Christian Schools – Cerritos, CA

    CRISTA Camps – Seattle, WA
    WinShape Retreat – Mount Berry, GA

    CRISTA Media – Seattle, WA
    Jewish Voice Ministries International – Phoenix, AZ
    KSBJ – Humble, TX
    LightMelbourne – Mitcham, VIC, Australia

    Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) – Orlando, FL
    CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IN
    Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ
    Classical Conversations – West End, NC
    Garland Heart – Plano, TX
    Lead Like Jesus – Spartanburg, SC
    Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL

    The Best Christian Workplaces Institute is an international non-profit, research-based, organizational development and human resources consulting firm, with head offices in Mercer Island, Washington.

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