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BCWI Announces 2010 Best Christian Workplaces in the US and Canada

Contact: Al Lopus, Best Christian Workplaces Institute, 206-230-8111, alopus@bcwinstitute.com

MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- The research, conducted by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), involved 6,700 employees in 62 organizations across North America to identify great workplaces with a Christian mission and/or values.

The 2010 Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the US include:

Apartment Life - Hurst, TX
Christian Heritage Academy - Northfield, IL
Church Web Works - Renton, WA
Coalition for Christian Outreach - Pittsburgh, PA
Crossroads Church - Cincinnati, OH
Dallas Christian College - Dallas, TX
English Language Institute/China - Ft. Collins, TX
Evangel University - Springfield, MO
Joni and Friends - Agoura Hills, CA
KSBJ - Humble, TX
Lenawee Christian School - Adrian, MI
Logos Research Systems, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
MOPS International - Denver, CO
Naples Christian Academy - Naples, FL
New Mission Systems International - Fort Myers, FL
Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
Phoenix Seminary - Phoenix, AZ
Samaritan Ministries International - Peoria, IL
Southland Christian Church - Nicholasville, KY
SpringHill Camps - Evart, MI
Tacoma Rescue Mission - Tacoma, WA
The Foundation for Evangelism - Lake Junaluska, NC
The Master's College - Santa Clarita, CA
The Master's Seminary - Sun Valley, CA
Upward Unlimited - Spartanburg, SC
Wheaton Academy - West Chicago, IL
World Harvest Mission - Jenkintown, PA

The 2010 Recognized Best Christian Workplaces in Canada include:

Centre Street Church - Calgary, AB
Compassion Canada - London, ON
CrossRoads Church - Red Deer County, AB

In order to be Certified (US)/Recognized (Canada) as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations must complete the Best Christian Workplaces Institute Employee Engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence.  The survey covers such issues as:  job satisfaction, organizational commitment, Christian witness, supervisory effectiveness, work satisfaction, personal growth and development, management effectiveness, customer/supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communications and pay and benefits.  Employees answer more than 50 questions addressing these topics, rating each statement as either 1 (strongly disagree), 2 (disagree), 3 (neutral), 4 (agree) or 5 (strongly agree).
 
The Best Christian Workplaces Institute has surveyed more than 90,000 employees across North America in the past eight years.  BCWI is a research based organizational and human resources consulting firm based on Mercer Island, Washington.  The Canadian workplace survey is sponsored by the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.  

"Even in an economic crisis, leaders in these Best Christian Workplaces understand the importance of sustaining a healthy environment for their staff.  It is during these crisis times the needs of the people served by Christian organizations are the greatest," says Al Lopus, President of BCWI.  "Our research shows that transparent, trustworthy; servant-leadership results in the sustained levels of staff engagement necessary during these difficult times.  I believe these Best Christian Workplaces will be the first to experience the benefits of an improving economy" says Lopus.    
 
Best Christian Workplaces Institute's purpose is to serve faith-based organizations by creating processes of discovery, facilitating organizational effectiveness and encouraging practices that build healthy workplaces.

The Canadian Council of Christian Charities is a member-based association of over 3,000 Canadian faith-based registered charities.

For more information about the survey log on to www.bcwinstitute.com  or contact Al Lopus, (206) 230-8111 or alopus@bcwinstitute.com