Winners in the first ever Best Christian Places to Work survey, commissioned by Christianity Today magazine, were announced Monday, February 24. The top four organizations in ten categories were named. The categories and first-place winners are:

Christian service and product organizations
Large: Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, Calif.
Small: Christian Medical and Dental Assoc's, Bristol, Tenn.
Media organizations
Large: Group Publishing, Loveland, Colo.
Small: Howard Publishing, West Monroe, La.
Missions and parachurch organizations
Large: Coalition for Christian Outreach, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Small: Medical Ambassadors International, Modesto, Calif.
Colleges, universities, and seminaries
Large: Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.
Medium: [tied] Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Tex.
Multnomah Bible College and Seminary, Portland, Oreg.
Small: Phoenix Seminary, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Private Christian schools
Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, Ind.

The landmark survey is the largest ever conducted on the attitudes of employees of Christian workplaces, with more than 8,500 respondents. The winners will be featured in the cover story of the April issue of Christianity Today, which the Associated Press recently called "evangelicalism's quality middlebrow voice." The article will be posted on our website ( on Friday, February 28.

Those who work at Christian organizations generally get paid less than they would at comparable secular companies. So what causes them to accept their compensation? The survey clearly established that they are excited by, and committed to, the mission of their organization.

A strong conclusion derived from the survey was that treating employees well is less about offering ...

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