Fellowship of Companies for Christ / FCCI

Summary

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, Inc. ("FCCI") is a fellowship of companies whose CEOs and/or owners are Christians. FCCI is a member-to-member ministry - it is a vehicle, a resource, and a tool to empower Christian businessmen to develop their own ministry. FCCI serves to bring together in faith a fellowship of companies whose leaders desire to glorify Jesus Christ in every aspect of their businesses. FCCI teaches businessmen to implement Biblical principles into their daily decision-making process and to equip these businessmen to teach these principles to others. FCCI must be members in good standing of a local church supporting the work of Christ through the church with their time, talents and finances. The FCCI CEO strives to share the Gospel of Christ with the company's employees, customers, competitors, suppliers and other business contacts. They take an active part in the development of the spiritual life and Christian testimony of the employees, and operate in accordance with the principles and commands of Scripture by providing encouragement, accountability and Biblical instruction. This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
4201 N. Peachtree Rd. #200
Atlanta, GA 30341-0341

Website: www.fcci.org

Phone: (770) 685-6000

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 581428134

CEO/President: Terence Chatmon

Chairman: Mr. Robert "Bobby" Mitchell

Board size: 8

Founder: Mr. Robert "Bobby" Mitchell

Year founded: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, Inc. is a fellowship of companies whose CEOs and/or owners are Christians. FCCI is a member-to-member ministry - it is a vehicle, a resource, and a tool to empower Christian businessmen to develop their own ministry. FCCI serves to bring together in faith a fellowship of companies whose leaders desire to glorify Jesus Christ in every aspect of their businesses. FCCI teaches businessmen to implement Biblical principles into their daily decision-making process and to equip these businessmen to teach these principles to others.

FCCI members believe the Bible is God's inspired revelation to man and endeavor to live in obedience to its principles and commands. They must be members in good standing of a local church supporting the work of Christ through the church with their time, talents and finances. The FCCI CEO strives to share the Gospel of Christ with the company's employees, customers, competitors, suppliers and other business contacts. They take an active part in the development of the spiritual life and Christian testimony of the employees. FCCI participants operate in accordance with the principles and commands of Scripture by providing encouragement, accountability and Biblical instruction.

FCCI carries out its mission through a number of activities and services, including: local Fellowship Group's which get together for an hour or so each week to discuss, pray, and learn to apply biblical principles to everyday operations; the formation of a Council of Advisors to provide advice and support for one's company; the creation of CEO Resource Teams with a one-day-a-month format and a more rigorous agenda led by an FCCI trained facilitator to meet one's need for an intentional balance of relationships and input; FCCI's Regional and International Conferences provide broad opportunities for initiating and building relationships; and, the annual Executive Leadership Team Conference is a way to share one's vision with a team as they relate to others who are called to those critical supporting roles. FCCI's vision is to change the world through Christ...one company at a time.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

FCCI uses the following purpose statement to communicate its mission:

"In pursuit of Christ's eternal objectives, we equip and encourage company leaders to operate their businesses and conduct their personal lives according to biblical principles.


Statement of faith

I. ...there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
II. ...the Bible is God's written and inspired revelation to man and is the primary authority for man's life.
III. ...the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide redemption, resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
IV. ...the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, His power to perform the miracle of the new birth in unbelievers and to indwell believers, enabling them to live a godly life.
V. ...man was created in the image of God, and because of sin was alienated from God - that alienation can be removed only by accepting, through faith, God's gift of salvation which was made possible by Christ's atoning death and resurrection.
VI. ...Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and all believers are to assemble together regularly for worship, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement.
VII. ...Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating143 of 43012 of 46
Fund acquisition rating129 of 43015 of 46
Resource allocation rating189 of 43017 of 46
Asset utilization rating217 of 43019 of 46

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%4%6%9%7%14%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%4%6%5%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%80%72%65%65%56%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%3%6%8%7%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%20%28%35%35%44%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%83%72%69%72%69%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%68%71%65%93%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%83%49%49%47%65%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%32%29%35%7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%1%32%37%74%41%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%13%22%23%21%22%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.130.670.881.274.27
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.021.031.021.001.01
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.150.690.891.284.31
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.0918.2127.2452.8310.284.87
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.050.040.020.100.21
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.079.8616.8613.168.472.21
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%5%4%2%10%20%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%84%145%112%71%19%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$1,657,536$1,603,961$1,074,648$746,997$210,178
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,048$11,949$14,639$14,118$8,696
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,675,584$1,615,910$1,089,287$761,115$218,874
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$36,276$47,277$20,865$2,730$2,040
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$36,276$47,277$20,865$2,730$2,040
Total assets$1,711,860$1,663,187$1,110,152$763,845$220,914
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$36,559$19,416$7,080$11,856$6,990
Other current liabilities$55,474$39,897$13,540$62,160$37,995
Total current liabilities$92,033$59,313$20,620$74,016$44,985
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$92,033$59,313$20,620$74,016$44,985
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$1,567,213$1,532,527$1,068,507$672,397$175,929
Temporarily restricted$52,614$71,347$21,025$17,432$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,619,827$1,603,874$1,089,532$689,829$175,929
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$1,555,333$1,162,521$897,716$960,803$565,966
Program service revenue$388,077$463,455$482,881$488,037$445,062
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,057$3,376$2,779$2,415$1,350
Other revenue($3,239)($7,118)($9,127)$35,963$3,723
Total other revenue$386,895$459,713$476,533$526,415$450,135
Total revenue$1,942,228$1,622,234$1,374,249$1,487,218$1,016,101
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$1,606,749$792,363$676,257$698,373$655,847
Management and general$257,106$244,575$220,300$204,325$209,785
Fundraising$62,420$70,954$77,989$70,620$78,469
Total expenses$1,926,275$1,107,892$974,546$973,318$944,101
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$15,953$514,342$399,703$513,900$72,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$15,953$514,342$399,703$513,900$72,000

Response from ministry

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History

The formal incorporation of Fellowship of Companies for Christ, currently FCCI, on March 28, 1981 was preceded by an informal organization of a small group of business owners who began to meet regularly together during early 1978 for prayer and discussion of biblical principles applying to the successful operation of a business. It was the desire of these men that their business life be congruent with their Christian commitment as set forth in Holy Scripture and that Matthew 6:33 be a living reality in their life experience. As these men continued to meet together in prayer, it became evident that business productivity could be enhanced and that much good fruit could be borne for the Kingdom of God through an organization of Christian business owners and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) that encouraged other business owners and CEOs to meet together periodically for Christ-centered prayer, sharing, training, and fellowship. Thus, the first formal conference of FCC was held on February 16, 1980.

Here is a background account of the ministry's formation and history to date:
In 1896, Charles M. Sheldon's book, "In His Steps," was first published. As its story unfolded, readers found themselves witnessing the impact on the lives of the book's primary characters as they accepted the challenge to ask "What would Jesus do?" before making any decisions or taking any action...in every area of their lives. Their aim was to walk as closely as possible in the steps of Christ regardless of the immediate consequences.

Almost eighty years after that challenge was first posed on those pages, Robert L. "Bobby" Mitchell, a young Atlanta businessman, received a copy of In His Steps as a Christmas gift from his mother. Bobby found his own challenge clarified in the struggle of Sheldon's character Milton Wright, a businessman for whom applying the question "What would Jesus do?" had incredible ramifications. Nevertheless, regardless of the potential ramifications, Bobby, like Milton Wright, determined that following Jesus' steps through the business world was exactly what God was calling him to do. Bobby's commitment to Bible study had previously led him to join a group of business people - many of whom were top Atlanta executives - meeting every Friday morning at 6:30. Their integrity and faithfulness impressed him, and it did not take long to discover that God was calling others to walk with Him in their businesses, even though there seemed to be no clear sense of what that really meant.

As Bobby and his wife, Sue, prayed for God to lead them to a business that Bobby could operate based on a walk with Christ. A friend, B.G. "Bert" Stumberg, approached him about a company - Applied Ceramics, Inc. - that was in need of new direction and fresh leadership. God had provided the platform...now, "What would Jesus do?"

The first thing Jesus did was to renew and deepen the relationship He had begun during World War II with Bert. After attending Bible study with Bobby several times, Bert renewed his commitment to Christ, and the two dedicated themselves to operating their companies based on Biblical principles.

Their search for wisdom and resources lead to a 1977 Leadership Dynamics meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, where two things happened: their vision of leading a company for Christ was clarified, and another close friend, Bill Leonard, accepted Jesus as his personal Savior.

As Bill began to walk with Bobby and Bert, God brought another friend, Larry Burkett into the group. Together these men invited 70 of Georgia's Christian business leaders to meet at the Edwards Baking Company to hear the vision that God was developing, and to encourage them to join in pursuing that vision. Out of that meeting came a group of seven that struggled together for the next two years learning how to walk step by step with Christ in their personal and business lives. In addition to Bobby, Bert, Bill and Larry, Jim Moye, Ben Lively and Tom Harris formed a nucleus that actually functioned much like what has become an FCCI Local Fellowship Group or CBO Resource Team. These men, along with Jim Pursell and Smith Lanier, became the original FCCI Board of Directors.

After two years of studying the Bible's business wisdom, these seven men each took responsibility for communicating a part of what they had learned, and invited a larger group to hear their message and the status of their vision. Although this first "conference" was not judged an overwhelming "success", it proved to be the start of the continuing FCCI use of conferences as a tool for education and encouragement. A one-day conference at the Atlanta Downtown Marriott with speakers Jim Pursell and John Riley was followed by a second conference featuring Stanley Tam, author of "God Owns My Business".

The first "resort" conference, held at Point Clear, Alabama, was pivotal. This was the conference that began the FCCI focus on including spouses as a key part of the ministry. It was also at Point Clear that the featured speaker, Bruce Wilkinson, stopped in the middle of a session and exclaimed "I've got it! I understand the vision! I didn't understand the vision of this thing until now!" God was moving, and the entire conference group went to their knees thanking Him and asking Him to continue providing understanding and wisdom as well as the power to apply what He was teaching.

This was the beginning of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ. Actually, it was the beginning of the "Fellowship of Christian Companies", but during the early refining process that name was challenged. Since a "company" cannot have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ - the essence of being a Christian - it more correctly can stand for Christ. Thus the name was changed. Formalizing a ministry for Business Owners by Business Owners was certainly a God-sized task with more than its share of give and take.

During the 1980's Bruce Wilkinson and Larry Burkett, both of whom had now joined the Board of Directors, along with Ron Blue were FCC's primary conference speakers, communicating the vision with clarity and impact during these growing years. Thankfully, God has continued to raise up other powerful communicators, including Kent Humphreys, Gayle Jackson, and Walt Wiley.

It was also during these pivotal early years that God led Ben Stumberg to provide, first office space with secretarial service, then - after he sold his company - himself as both Chairman of the Board and almost a full-time member of the staff. These were key needs that allowed FCC to grow during its financial and staffing infancy.

In the mid-1980's "FCC" became "FCCI" as the Board recognized that the vision God had provided was not just regional or national in scope, but applied to the entire global marketplace.

1985 brought the Field Ministry into being as Don Kline (Ohio), Buck Jacobs (Florida) and Mike Stevens (Colorado) became the first Area Coordinators, and began supporting the significant growth of Local Fellowship Groups in various parts of the country.

As the vision and ministry grew, and as Bert felt the need for more time with his multiplying extended family, the Board began an eighteen month search for FCCI's first President and CEO. After dozens of candidates had been reviewed, God raised up Ray Miller in 1989. Under Ray's leadership, the operation of FCCI moved from the direct daily supervision of the Board of Directors to a ministry operated by a national and field staff under the direction of the Board. With Don Kline now functioning as National Field Coordinator, the number of Regional and Area Coordinators increased to 20 with a goal of at least 50. In 1994, a two-year process lead to the naming of Doug Hunter as FCCI's first Vice President. Doug had been an active FCCI CEO for seven years, served on the National Advisory Council and was on the Board of Directors when God used the sale of his company to provide the opportunity for him to join the staff in Atlanta.

1996 certainly confirmed its place as pivotal year in FCCI history. Early in the year Bert Stumberg retired as Chairman with Bobby Mitchell elected to fill that role, and Ray Miller stepped down as President and CEO. In the months that followed, God led the ministry through the development of a new, God-sized Strategic Plan. As the planning process progressed, the Lord raised up Alan Ross as FCCI's new President and CEO, and used Alan to help clearly articulate the ministry vision of "changing our world through Christ... one company at a time".

God then confirmed His mandate to implement the plan by providing a "Jordan River" experience for the ministry at FCCI's largest ever Fall National Conference. A conference challenged by the teaching of Ron Blue, Walt Wiley and Bruce Wilkinson, and energized by the sacrificial commitment of those attending to fully fund the "vision budget" that will enable the plan to become reality.

Change is a part of the business world - and it has certainly been a part of FCCI -but God never changes. So the vision continues to spread. The over 850 FCCI Member Companies and over 3000 Owners and CEOs who are involved with FCCI groups, conferences or materials are impacting people's lives for Jesus Christ. They strive for God-honoring excellence while recognizing that companies standing for Christ are not necessarily better, but they are different. They know that God has given them a platform by allowing them to lead their companies...that their businesses are their ministries...and that this is a wonderful time to be ministering in the wide open marketplace - the only ministry arena which can touch every person in the world in one way or another.

Thank God for Charles Sheldon...for "Milton Wright"...for Bobby and Sue Mitchell...for Bert and Shirley Stumberg...for all those who have been faithful to the vision...and for all those yet to come. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as we see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)...and all the while asking ourselves and asking each other..."What would Jesus do?"


Program accomplishments

FCCI describe their accomplishments as follows:

"Conferences and seminars held to provide a line of fellowship and spiritual refreshment as well as a place where Christian businessmen can come and share ideas."


Needs

FCCI encourages people to discover the different types of groups and levels of involvement available to CEO's and Owners.

The group types are as follows:
(1) Fellowship Groups
(2) Council of Advisors
(3) CEO Roundtable
(4) Online Groups