The first summer camp at Brunstad in Westfold opened Thursday, arranged by the Brunstad Youth Club and BCC. There are around 4,000 young people from 35 countries gathered here for 5 days of summer activities and Christian sharing.
The first of the two summer conferences BCC arranges this summer is in full swing. Altogether, nearly 15,000 BCC members have signed up for one of the two conferences, and participants from as many as 42 nations are represented. About half of the participants come from Norway.
This weekend, 122 representatives from BCC’s local churches around the world gathered for the representative assembly. This is an annual gathering where all of BCC’s significant matters are heard and decided, including approval of yearly accounting and financial statements.
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.