When Jesus left the earth just before Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago, he promised His disciples that he would be with them “always, even to the end of the age”. He also gave them a mission to “make disciples of all the nations”.
120 years ago, on the eve of May 17th, 1898, Johan Oscar Smith was converted as he stood watch on the navy battleship Thor. As he gradually began to interact with other believers, there was little to suggest this group of Christians would expand into a worldwide Christian community.
BCC sent invitations for several seminars in March to representatives from all the local churches. The course with the highest number of registrations, over 300 people from home and abroad, was “Childhood only comes once.”
Brunstad Christian Church started in Norway on May 17th, 1898 through Johan O. Smith’s conversion and is a result of his life and work. At the present time BCC has local churches in 54 countries spread over every continent. In Norway there are 19 local churches comprised of approximately 8,000 members.
In Norway BCC is often called “Smith´s Friends,” due to its origins, but this has never been our official name. BCC´s local churches use the name Brunstad Kristelige Menighet (BKM), which is “Brunstad Christian Church” in Norwegian.
The overall purpose in BCC is to encourage everyone to live a life as a disciple of Jesus according to Jesus’ Great Commission. We want to show charity, caring and generosity towards the individual in its various conditions and circumstances.