History of the Creed
The JCI Creed is a sincere and beautiful gift of William Brownfield to all members of the Junior Chamber International.
Brownfield was inspired to write the six-tenet creed when he first became a Jaycee and attended the 1946 U.S. National Convention.
The creed sums up in so very few words, the ideals and purpose of an organization that believes in God and the dignity of the human being. It advances the values of free government and free enterprise. It places an infinite price on the uniqueness of man and the inherent good in him. And above all, the creed espouses the thought and encourages the practice that service to humanity is the best work in life.
The Jaycee Creed was officially adopted by the United States Jaycees in 1947, and later by the Junior Chamber International in 1951.
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That Government should be of laws rather of men;
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality; and
That service to humanity is the best work of life.