NASHVILLE, TN—Welch College received notification that it has been certified as a 2014 Best Christian Workplace in the United States, according to President Matt Pinson. The college participates in the international survey biennially. The BCW survey has been conducted for the past eight years by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute—surveying over 100,000 anonymous employees to date.

President Pinson said, “This is the second time in a row we’ve been named a ‘Best Christian Workplace.’ What great news for the college family that our employees recognize Welch College as a place where God is honored and workers are respected, and they rate the college as an exceptional place to work. We outpaced the industry in 47 of 56 survey questions! We have a wonderful group of Christians pulling together on the Welch campus, and I’m glad the broader community recognizes that fact.”

In order to be certified as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations must complete the BCWI 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, supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communications, and pay and benefits.

Al Lopus, president of BCWI, notes, “We salute this year’s Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to nurture an organizational culture that reflects God’s divine nature, even in a difficult economy. We strongly encourage anyone who isn’t working in a Christian organization to consider one of these, especially if they have a desire to be part of a mission greater than themselves.”

BCWI is a research-based organization and human resources consulting firm based in Mercer Island, Washington. Its purpose is to serve faith-based organizations by creating processes of discovery, facilitating organizational effectiveness, and encouraging practices that build healthy workplaces.

“Welch College teachers, staff, and administrators face many challenges in a very difficult economic environment and a culture that is increasingly hostile to the Christian worldview,” Provost Greg Ketteman said. “Being certified as a Best Christian Workplace in America demonstrates that Welch employees are responding to difficulty with courage, integrity, diligence, and the assurance of God’s providence. They recognize that in spite of challenges we face, serving the Lord here is a blessing.”

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