Fellowship of Companies for Christ / FCCI
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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).
P.O. Box 941010
2302 Parklake Drive NE, Suite 410
Atlanta, GA 30341-0341
Phone: (770) 685-6000
CEO/President: Lee Truax
Chairman: Mr. Robert "Bobby" Mitchell
Board size: 14
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
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).
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
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||188 of 817||10 of 60|
|Fund acquisition rating||476 of 817||30 of 60|
|Resource allocation rating||82 of 817||11 of 60|
|Asset utilization rating||276 of 817||19 of 60|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$65,439||$116,246||$18,048||$11,949||$14,639|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$1,121,995||$1,781,714||$1,675,584||$1,615,910||$1,089,287|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$9,636||$27,054||$36,276||$47,277||$20,865|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$63,145||$31,547||$36,559||$19,416||$7,080|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$13,985||$55,474||$39,897||$13,540|
|Total current liabilities||$63,145||$45,532||$92,033||$59,313||$20,620|
|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|
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|Program service revenue||$534,053||$782,100||$388,077||$463,455||$482,881|
|Total other revenue||$528,494||$790,401||$386,895||$459,713||$476,533|
|Management and general||$266,106||$221,757||$257,106||$244,575||$220,300|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||($694,750)||$143,409||$15,953||$514,342||$399,703|
|Doug Spada||Programs Director and Developer||$132,000|
|Frank Vann||Operations/Finance Manager||$91,344|
|Chad Merrill||President/CFO (part year), CEO||$90,000|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/1/2021. To update the information below, please email: email@example.com
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?"
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."
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