I’m proud to Congratulate our neighbors from Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church here in Katy, Texas for making the list. I want to also thank all the other great Christian workplaces for such an excellent job over the last year.- Pastor Crutchfield
MERCER ISLAND, Wash., July 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Serving a cause that is greater than oneself is one of the top attractions of working in a Christian organization. These survey results indicate employees in Christian workplaces experience work that is meaningful and life giving.
This year’s research conducted by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute concludes there are multiple factors that describe why employees experience healthy, flourishing workplace cultures. Results show employees in our Certified organizations go the extra mile, bring more passion, energy and commitment in order to be sure the organization’s mission and vision are achieved, according to Al Lopus, President of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).
The importance of staff culture is growing as more organizations are making it one of their top three strategic initiatives. This year’s list of 117 Certified organizations is larger than ever, as many more organizations survey their staff to discover the health of their workplace culture.
Certified Best Christian Workplaces are global and represent all facets of ministries from churches, private schools, universities, parachurch missions, product and services, book publishers and radio stations. This year we have added Christian led businesses.
Historically, BCWI has surveyed over 180,000 employees from 702 unique organizations in 7 countries. Over the past year ending in June, 234 organizations participated in the survey with 117 achieving Certification, with over twenty two thousand employees confidentially responding to more than 50 questions addressing these topics. Attaining BCWI certification is not easy, many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction. We wish to congratulate the following organizations Certified between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
4KIDS – Fort Lauderdale, FL
African Leadership, Inc. – Brentwood, TN
Antioch Community Church – Waco, TX
Apartment Life – Euless, TX
Aspen Group – Frankfort, IL
Bethany Community Church – St. Catharines, ON Canada
Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, AB Canada
Blue Ridge Community Church – Forest, VA
Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN
Bridgepoint Church – Boise, ID
Bridgeway Community Church – Columbia, MD
C3 Church Kawana Waters – Warana, QLD Australia
CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IN
Care Net – Lansdowne, VA
Central Baptist Church – Sioux Falls, SD
Chalice Canada – Lower Sackville, NS Canada
Chase Oaks Church – Plano, TX
Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO
Child Evangelism Fellowship, Greenville/Piedmont District – Taylors, SC
Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ
Christian Veterinary Mission – Seattle, WA
Christ’s Church of the Valley – Peoria, AZ
Church of the King – Mandeville, LA
Coalition for Christian Outreach – Pittsburgh, PA
Compassion Australia – Warabrook, NSW Australia
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
Desert Christian Academy – Bermuda Dunes, CA
DiscipleMakers, Inc – State College, PA
East-West Ministries – Plano, TX
Emmaus Bible College – Dubuque, IA
English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, CO
Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX
Faith Promise Church – Knoxville, TN
First Assembly Community Ministries – Lafayette, IN
First Assembly West – Cape Coral, FL
Garland Heart – Wylie, TX
Gateway Church – Southlake, TX
The Gideons International – Nashville, TN
Grace Bible Church – Virginia Beach, VA
Grace Church – Middleburg Heights, OH
Grace Church – Overland Park, KS
Grace Family Church – Durban, South Africa
Grace Fellowship UMC – Katy, TX
Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Winnipeg, MB Canada
Hearts at Home – Bloomington, IL
Highlands Church – Scottsdale, AZ
HOPE International – Lancaster, PA
The Human Capital Group, Inc. – Brentwood, TN
International Leadership Institute – Carrollton, GA
InterVarsity Press – Westmont, IL
Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA
King’s Schools – Seattle, WA
Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, MI
Lake Pointe Church – Rockwall, TX
Light of Life Ministries, Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA
Lionheart Children’s Academy – Euless, TX
Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc. – Greenville, SC
Mission India – Grand Rapids, MI
The Navigators – Colorado Springs, CO
Network Communications – Maroochydore, QLD Australia
New Covenant Church – Clyde, NC
New Life Ranch – Colford, OK
NewSpring Church – Anderson, SC
North Avenue Presbyterian Church – Atlanta, GA
Novo Ministries – Oklahoma City, OK
Oak Pointe Church – Novi, MI
Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbannais, IL
Overseas Council – Indianapolis, IN
Palmetto Christian Academy – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Pantano Christian Church – Tucson, AZ
Peninsula Covenant Church – Redwood City, CA
Pillar College – Newark, NJ
Pine Harbor Christian Academy – Hastings, MN
Prairie Bible Institute – Three Hills, AB Canada
PrairieLand Partners, Inc. – Emporia, KS
Real Life Christian Church – Valencia, CA
River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX
Riverlife Church – Henty, NSW Australia
Rolling Hills Christian Church – El Dorado Hills, CA
Rose Publishing – Torrance, CA
SA Christian Hope Resource Center – San Antonio, TX
Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL
Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, CA
Savannah Christian Church – Savannah, GA
Seattle Urban Academy – Seattle, WA
Seed Company – Arlington, TX
Shepherd Church – Porter Ranch, CA
Southland Christian Church – Lexington, KY
Southridge Community Church – St. Catharines, ON Canada
Sparks Christian Fellowship – Sparks, NV
Syndal Baptist Church – Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
Trinity Academy – Wichita, KS
Trinity Habitat for Humanity – Fort Worth, TX
Union Gospel Mission – Vancouver BC Canada
Union Rescue Mission – Wichita, KS
Upward Sports – Spartanburg, SC
Valor Christian High School – Highlands Ranch, CO
The Vineyard Church – Duluth MN
Vineyard Church – Kansas City, MO
Visalia First Assembly – Visalia, CA
VisionTrust International – Colorado Springs, CO
The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN
Wheaton Academy – West Chicago, IL
Whitworth University – Spokane, WA
Willow Creek Community Church – South Barrington, IL
The Woods Church – Warren, MI
World Concern – Seattle, WA
WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – White Rock, BC Canada
Worthington Christian Schools – Worthington, OH
Young Life of Western Washington – Everett, WA
To earn certification as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations participate in BCWI’s employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence. The survey covers eight factors defining BCWI’s “FLOURISH Model” including Fantastic Teams, Life-Giving Work, Outstanding Talent, Uplifting Growth, Rewarding Compensation, Inspirational Leadership, Sustainable Strategy and Healthy Communication.
Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s purpose is to serve faith-based and Christian led 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 blog.bcwinstitute.org www.facebook.com/bestchristianworkplacesinstitute
Check out the latest episode of my friend Frank’s T.V. Show. In this installment he teaches on John the Baptist to a conference of baptist evangelists in Houston, Texas.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Political factions in this mountainous country are debating a new constitution that includes anti-conversion laws and underscores decades-old religious tension. If ratified, the result could be a likely crackdown and severe persecution for dozens of Christian ministries serving there.
Photo: This is a critical time for prayer on behalf of the people in Nepal as the government seeks to ratify a new constitution.
With the country facing its constitutional crisis, Gospel for Asia Founder Dr. K. P. Yohannan is issuing a call to prayer for Nepal.
“Right now, religious minorities in the country fear their freedom to practice and share their faith will be severely restricted if the current draft of the constitution goes unchanged,” said Yohannan. “Will you pray with me for this situation? Pray that the governing authorities will be guided by wisdom as they work to finalize Nepal’s constitution. Pray also that God’s people will be granted freedom to worship.”
The constitutional language in question states, “[…] any act which may be contrary to public health, public decency or morality or incitement to breach public peace or act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of each other is not allowed and such act shall be punishable by law.”
The Nepalese government continues to seek input from its citizens before the Civic Relations and Constitution Recommendation Committee of the Constituent Assembly receives the final constitution draft on July 23. The government plans to finalize the constitution by mid-August.
Violence erupted between police and protesters in southern Nepal when government officials held a public meeting to gain citizen input to the constitution, according to news reports from the region. The protesters threw chairs at the deputy prime minister.
This isolated country wedged between India and China historically has been a Hindu nation, and most protesters are demanding a return to that status. Nepalese monarchs advocated Hinduism, and the people believed their monarchs were the reincarnation of Vishnu, a Hindu god.
A secular republic led by Maoists abolished the traditional monarchies in 2008 and welcomed the humanitarian aid of Christian organizations. Only about 2 percent of Nepalese are Christians.
Gospel for Asia has a long-standing history of support in Nepal for Believers Church, a network of 450 churches and 20 Bridge of Hope Centers that serve downtrodden children. During the earthquakes in April and May, Gospel for Asia responded quickly with Believers Church workers already on the ground. Their response grew to include Compassion Services teams that delivered basic supplies and other goods and built shelters in remote mountain areas.
Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) is a mission organization sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia.
Check out episode 7 of my friend Frank Shelton’s show By Faith. In this episode Frank interviews Dr. Roy Fish, and speaks to a conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists.
SWINDON, England, July 14, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — As pressure on Christians in the Middle East continues to mount, the Palestinian Bible Society has been encouraging and equipping churches to reach out with love to their communities in this 99% Muslim territory. This Ramadan – a sacred month of fasting for Muslims, which started on June 17 – it began two new initiatives to serve their Muslim neighbours in a very practical way.
Every evening during Ramadan Bible Society staff, members of the Palestinian national force, and volunteers from churches have been going out onto the streets of Zababdeh, a town in Jenin Province in the northern West Bank, to offer packs of dates and bottled water to people unable to get home on time to break their fast.
“It’s a simple gesture of care that is so appreciated by our Muslim brothers and sisters,” notes Bible Society Executive Secretary Nashat Filmon. “Thousands of people are talking about it on social media, and Christians in other towns who heard about this also began similar initiatives.”
Last week, the Bible Society took this act of hospitality a step further by hosting a special ‘iftar’ or ‘breaking fast’ Ramadan dinner for prominent people in Jenin Province.
It was attended by 500 people, including the deputy governor, the head of the province’s security forces, more than 20 district mayors, two muftis, and many imams and church leaders. The event was broadcast on national television and an important national newspaper published an article about it.
“Our Bible Society values the friendship that has existed between the Christian and Muslim communities for many years,” said Mr. Filmon in his speech to welcome the guests. “This dinner is an affirmation of that friendship.
“Palestine is a unique and special place, where Crescent and Cross, church and mosque, sheikh and priest, nun and veiled sister have lived side by side for centuries. We are all united in wanting a better life for those in our homeland.”
Mr. Filmon ended with a plea to surrounding countries to take similar initiatives in order to promote unity and uproot enmity. The event ended with a resounding affirmation from the audience to have similar gatherings in the future.
“We need to seek out creative ways to build better relationships and raise the profile of the body of Christ – the Church – in this land, where the Christian community is diminishing,” notes Mr. Filmon. “If you spread love, people will receive it. If you spread hatred and animosity, they will receive it. So we decided to send out a message of love. In the light of what ISIS is doing, killing and displacing hundreds of thousands of Christians, this gesture of love and compassion by Christians is very poignant.
“Please pray as we seek to carry out our mission statement to ‘live and give, serve and proclaim the Word of God.'”
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
In baseball you only get three chances, three strikes as they are called and you are done at least for that inning. Many states have adopted this concept in passing so called “ three strikes” laws. Under these laws if you are convicted of three felonies you are sentenced to life in prison. We have all had people in our lives who have hurt us and we forgive them, and then they hurt us again, and we forgive them again. In order for this to not become a dangerous situation it must be a two sided relationship. We should forgive, as God forgives us. We must remember that although God will always forgives us, he will do so only when we truly repent for what we have done. Repentance is more than being sorry for our actions. It is a commitment to make actual changes in our lives.
It is the same with our relationship to each other. We should forgive others as God would forgive us. However we also have to protect ourselves. Forgiveness is hard, especially when it is not the first time. This is why God values the forgiveness we show others so highly.
How many times should we forgive ?
In Matthew 18:21-22 we find Christ’s answer, “ Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Now Christ did not literally mean 490 times. He was exaggerating to make a point. In biblical numerology seven is the number of perfection and completion. So anything done seven times must be complete, you must be done right ? People in the first century certainly would have though so. Christ in giving them a very high number, that was a multiple of seven was saying that we should forgive limitless number of times.
But how are we to forgive so many times ? Forgiving the second or third time is already so very hard.
The most powerful way to start is to pray for those whom we need to forgive. Consider the words of Matthew 5:44 “ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Frank Shelton of Fox News, Author of Carrying Greatness, and Host of By Faith with Frank Shelton had this to say about praying for our enemies, “ You cannot destroy someone, and pray for them at the same time.” In praying for them we actually allow God to change our heart toward the person we are needing to forgive.
Our forgiveness should not have limits. However it is only with the guidance and support of God himself that we can hope to accomplish this.
Check out the fourth episode of my friend Frank Shelton’s show By Faith. This one features the Billy Graham ” My Hope” video. I have been much impressed with how this show has come together, and only expect it to get better.