In late February, Christianity Today announced the results of the first Best Christian Places to Work survey, a landmark study commissioned by CT and administered by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). It is the largest survey ever conducted on the attitudes of employees at Christian workplaces, with more than 8,500 respondents across a range of industries.

A panel of independent judges selected four companies in ten categories for special recognition. For two weeks CT is saluting the first place organizations in each category.

Small Service & Product Organizations

Christian Medical and Dental Associations
Bristol, Tennessee

When occasional hardships arise at the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA), the two top leaders in the organization look at each other knowingly.

"We remember back to when we were getting shot at with real bullets and artillery shells," says associate director Gene Rudd. Years before Rudd and executive director David Stevens began leading the CMDA, they had forged a partnership as medical missionaries, providing relief in war-ravaged countries such as Bosnia, Somalia, and Sudan.

"Friendships that are bred in foxholes of adversity and enormous challenges run really deep," says Stevens.

In addition to sharing intense experiences, Rudd and Stevens blend complementary gifts and talents with their Christian commitment in a way that makes their employees take notice. Many indicated in their surveys that the two leaders make CMDA a great place to work. "What I appreciate most about CMDA is the integrity and faithfulness of David Stevens and Gene Rudd," says Jennifer Pickel, media and research assistant. "They truly are Christlike role models."

This partnership pairs the idealistic visionary ...

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