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Record Number of Organizations with a Flourishing Workplace
Contact: Kathy Lopus,
MERCER ISLAND, Wash., Jan. 29, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Best Christian Workplace Institute (BCWI), today, announced that 177 organizations have been named as "Certified Best Christian Workplaces" for 2018.

The honorees—including 68 churches, 57 parachurch ministries and 26 companies—is the highest number of healthy-to-flourishing organizations to receive "Certified" status since 2002, when BCWI introduced its Staff Engagement Survey, now the widely-used standard for pinpointing the health of a faith-based workplace culture.

This new record-number of organizations is 20 percent higher than the number of certified honorees in 2017.

"This increase underscores the growing consensus among Christian leaders to listen to, and then act upon, the reliable, insightful feedback of their employees," says BCWI President Al Lopus.

"More organizations are now surveying on a regular basis, a credit to leaders who recognize that a thriving workplace culture equates to greater productivity, organizational impact, and stakeholder loyalty."

Speaking at a recent national conference, Lopus noted that organizations with unhealthy workplace cultures can risk losing quality talent, only to spend $20,000 to $40,000 to recruit and hire a new employee.

The BCWI Staff Engagement Survey is the only available online resource of its kind that offers Christian-based organizations a true, objective, quantifiable measure of its workplace culture health. Certified organizations demonstrate a benchmark survey score based on eight distinctive factors that drive a flourishing workplace culture. All survey participants are ensured complete anonymity.

About Best Christian Workplaces Institute
BCWI is an international non-profit, research-based, organizational development and human resources consulting firm, with head offices in Mercer Island, WA. BCWI's mission is to equip and inspire Christian leaders to build a flourishing workplace.

For more information, visit Best Christian Workplaces Institute online: www.bcwinstitute.org. Each week, benefit from the proven, practical best practices from top Christian leaders on the Flourishing Workplace Blog (blog.bcwinstitute.org) and the Flourishing Culture Podcast (blog.bcwinstitute.org/podcast).

The organizations honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces from January to December 2018 are:

Black Diamond Camps - Black Diamond, WA
Camp Eagle - Rocksprings, TX
CRISTA Camps - Seattle, WA
Glorieta Camps - Glorieta, NM
Lutherhaven Ministries - Coeur d'Alene, ID
New Life Ranch - Colcord, OK
United Christian Youth Camps - Prescott, AZ

ACR Supply Company - Durham, NC
Aspen Group - Frankfort, IL
C12 Group - San Antonio, TX
Classical Conversations - Southern Pines, NC
Dow Smith Contracting Company, Inc. - Smyrna, TN
Fort Defiance Industries - Loudon, TN
Fortis Riders - Greenville, SC
Gant Travel Management - Bloomington, IL
Outreach - Colorado Springs, CO
SonicAire - Winston-Salem, NC
Total Computer Solutions - Greensboro, NC
Vala Secure - Plano, TX

Briarcrest Christian School - Memphis, TN
Cherry Hills Christian School - Highlands Ranch, CO
Colegio Cristiano Nicolás - Nebaj, Guatemala
College Heights Christian School - Joplin, MO
Faith Academy - Cainta, Philippines
Gaston Christian School - Gastonia, NC
Grace Community School - Tyler, TX
Grace International School - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Harvest Christian Academy - Elgin, IL
King's Schools - Seattle, WA
Mitchell Road Christian Academy - Greenville, SC
Rock Academy - San Diego, CA
Seattle Urban Academy - Seattle, WA
Toledo Christian Schools - Toledo, OH
Wheaton Academy - West Chicago, IL
The Woodlands Christian Academy - The Woodlands, TX

Antioch Community Church - Waco, TX
Bayside - Bradenton, FL
Bethany Community Church - Seattle, WA
Beulah Alliance Church - Edmonton, AB Canada
Brentwood United Methodist Church - Brentwood, TN
C4 Church - Ajax, ON Canada
Central Christian Church - Mesa, AZ
Cherry Hills Community Church - Highlands Ranch, CO
Christ Community Church - Omaha, NE
Christ Presbyterian Church - Edina, MN
Christian Life Assembly - Langley, BC Canada
Christ's Church of the Valley - Peoria, AZ
Compass Christian Church - Chandler, AZ
The Compass Church - Naperville, IL
Coquitlam Alliance Church - Coquitlam, BC Canada
Cornerstone Church - Litchfield, MN
Cornerstone Church - Marion, IL
Cornwall Church - Bellingham, WA
Crossings Community Church - Oklahoma City, OK
Crossroads Christian Church - Evansville, IN
Crossroads Church - Corona, CA
Crossroads Community Church - Kokomo, IN
Doxa Deo Church South Africa - Pretoria, South Africa
Doxa Deo Community Church - Tolworth, England UK
Doxa Deo Stuttgart - Stuttgart, Germany
Eastview Christian Church - Normal, IL
Faith Family Church - Shiloh, IL
Faith Promise Church - Knoxville, TN
Fellowship Bible Church - Little Rock, AR
First Baptist Church of Eugene - Eugene, OR
First Baptist Orlando - Orlando, FL
First Christian Church of Johnson City - Johnson City, TN
First Presbyterian Church Winston-Salem - Winston-Salem, NC
Gateway - Southlake, TX
Goodlife Community Centre - Buderim, QLD Australia
Grace Bible Church - Virginia Beach, VA
Grace Church - Middleburg Heights, OH
Harvest Bible Chapel - Elgin, IL
Harvest Church - Billings, MT
Houston NW Church - Houston, TX
Journey Church - Bozeman, MT
Kingsway Christian Church - Avon, IN
Mosaiek Church - Johannesburg, South Africa
Newlife Church - Robina, QLD Australia
NewSpring Church - Anderson, SC
Northridge Christian Church - Milledgeville, GA
Pantano Christian Church - Tucson, AZ
Pathway Church - Wichita, KS
Pinelake Church - Brandon, MS
Redeemer Churches & Ministries - New York, NY
River Pointe Church - Richmond, TX
Rock Church - San Diego, CA
Rock Point Church - Queen Creek, AZ
Rocky Mountain Christian Church - Niwot, CO
Rolling Hills Christian Church - El Dorado Hills, CA
Southland Christian Church - Lexington, KY
Southridge Community Church - St. Catharines, ON Canada
Sparks Christian Fellowship - Sparks, NV
StoneBridge Christian Church - Omaha, NE
Summit Church - Durham, NC
Traders Point Christian Church - Indianapolis, IN
Trinity Church - Spring Hill, TN
Vale Church - Bloomington, IL
The Village Church - Flower Mound, TX
The Village Church Nashville - Brentwood, TN
West Highland Fellowship Baptist Church - Hamilton, ON Canada
WestGate Church - San Jose, CA

Carolina College of Biblical Studies - Fayetteville, NC
Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
Prairie College - Three Hills, AB Canada
Welch College - Nashville, TN

Brighter Media Group - Baltimore, MD
CRISTA Media - Seattle, WA
InterVarsity Press - Westmont, IL
KSBJ - Humble, TX
LightMelbourne - Mitcham, VIC Australia
Positive Alternative Radio, Inc. - Blacksburg, VA
RightNow Media - McKinney, TX

4KIDS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Act (Advocates for Community Transformation) - Dallas, TX
Alpha USA - Naperville, IL
Apartment Life - Euless, TX
Bethesda - Colorado Springs, CO
Bible League International - Chicago, IL
BMA America - Conway, AR
Buckner-International Family Hope Centers - Mission, TX
CARE for AIDS - Atlanta, GA
Care Net - Lansdowne, VA
Catholic Christian Outreach - Ottawa, ON Canada
CDF Capital - Irvine, CA
Chalice Canada - Lower Sackville, NS Canada
Christian Children's Home of Ohio - Wooster, OH
Christian Family Care - Phoenix, AZ
The C&MA International Ministries - Colorado Springs, CO
Christian Veterinary Mission - Seattle, WA
Coalition for Christian Outreach - Pittsburgh, PA
Compass - Kearney, NE
Compassion Canada - London, ON Canada
CRISTA Ministries - Seattle, WA
DiscipleMakers - State College, PA
East-West Ministries International - Plano, TX
Edify - San Diego, CA
English Language Institute/China - Fort Collins, CO
FH Association Rwanda - Kigali, Rwanda
The Gideons International - Nashville, TN
International Student Ministries Canada - Three Hills, AB Canada
Isaiah House - Willisburg, KY
Jewish Voice Ministries International - Phoenix, AZ
Joni and Friends - Agoura Hills, CA
Lead Like Jesus - Spartanburg, SC
Lenawee Christian Ministries - Adrian, MI
Lifeshape - Atlanta, GA
MAP International - Brunswick, GA
Marketplace Chaplains - Plano, TX
The Mentoring Alliance - Tyler, TX
Miracle Hill Ministries - Greenville, SC
Mission India - Kentwood, MI
The Mustard Seed - Calgary, AB Canada
The Navigators - Colorado Springs, CO
New Horizons Ministries - Colorado Springs, CO
Novo Ministries - Oklahoma City, OK
Rachel House - Lee's Summit, MO
Reasons to Believe - Covina, CA
Scripture Union Scotland - Glasgow, Scotland
Scripture Union Victoria - Mitcham, VIC Australia
St. Matthew's House - Naples, FL
WinShape Foundation - Mt Berry, GA
Word of Life Fellowship - Schroon Lake, NY
World Concern - Seattle, WA
World Gospel Mission - Marion, IN
Wycliffe Canada - Calgary, AB Canada

Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) - Orlando, FL
Connect Ministries - Watkinsville, GA
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) / BestSemester - Washington, DC
CRISTA Senior Living - Seattle, WA
Hafer - Evansville, IN
Lionheart Children's Academy - Euless, TX
Samaritan Ministries International - Peoria, IL
TotalCare Clinic - Fort Worth, TX
Willow Creek Association – South Barrington, IL