In 1896, Charles M. Sheldon’s book, “In His Steps,” was first published. It challenged readers to ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” before making decisions or taking action.
Almost eighty years after “In His Steps,” was published, Robert L. “Bobby” Mitchell, a young Atlanta businessman, received a copy. He understood that applying the question “What would Jesus do?” has incredible ramifications. Nevertheless, he was determined that following Jesus’ steps through the business world was exactly what God was calling him to do.
Bobby’s commitment to Bible study led him to join a group of business people – many of whom were top Atlanta executives. 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. Bobby’s prayers for the future were answered when his friend B.G. “Bert” Stumberg, approached him about a company – Applied Ceramics, Inc. – that was in need of new direction and fresh leadership.
Bobby brought Bert to his Bible study and soon, Bert renewed his commitment to Christ, and the two dedicated themselves to operating their companies based on Biblical principles. In 1977 their search for wisdom led them to a Leadership Dynamics meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, where their vision of leading a company for Christ was clarified and Bill Leonard accepted Jesus as his personal Savior.
Bill began his journey with Bobby and Bert, and soon Larry Burkett joined their cause. Together these men invited many of Georgia’s Christian business leaders 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 with Christ in their personal and business lives. Bobby, Bert, Bill and Larry along with Jim Moye, Ben Lively and Tom Harris formed a nucleus that actually functioned much like what has become an FCCI Business Leadership Group or CBO Resource Team. These men, along with Jim Pursell and Smith Lanier, became the original FCCI Board of Directors.
The FCCI Model
When you become a member of FCCI, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, you join an international group of Kingdom-minded business professionals who embody a higher standard of faith and business. You will find this to be a truly life-transforming opportunity. In addition to enjoying members-only access to free or discounted materials, workshops, conferences, information & instruction, you are also eligible to participate in one of our life-changing Business Leadership Groups.
Here you’ll join others in your local area to learn from each other & pray about God’s plan for your business. Become a new member to receive our new welcome package in the mail, and also gain access to online assessment tools and digital library resources immediately.
Through our Business Leadership Groups, we take our members through a multi-tier process of personal development that results in a Kingdom Leader and a Kingdom Company!
Building Kingdom Leaders
As you can see, FCCI looks to develop its members into Kingdom Leaders, mature and equipped servant leaders who:
- Live out the Word of God
- Are driven by the love of Christ
- Find a larger purpose for their work and their business
- Live consistently under the control of the Holy Spirit
- Are evangelistically bold and dedicated disciplers
- Are devoted to family, faith driven, spiritually responsible
- Focus on Kingdom impact and financial Stewardship
Operations & Finance
Content & Groups
Connection & Growth
Prayer & Counsel
Projects & Events
Engagement & Activation
Cultivation & Creativity
Administration & Support
What sets FCCI apart? Our members are dedicated to developing their companies with a Kingdom-minded set of core values:
- God is the Owner, we are stewards of His companies
- The Bible is the ultimate authority for life and business
- Prayer is the lifeblood of our relationship with the Owner
- We are CALLED to work/ministry. Living a fully integrated, balanced life is a biblical mandate
- Integrity is a non-negotiable
- Commitment to excellence is a hallmark of a Christian in business
- Community is key to walking with Christ
- Relevance to our time and culture is crucial to our impact
- Building the Kingdom of God takes priority over building any organization
Statement of Faith
- There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- The Bible is God’s written and inspired revelation to man and is the primary authority for man’s life.
- We believe in 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.
- We believe in 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple people in 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.
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Atlanta, GA 31141
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Atlanta, GA 30345
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