Active mission work around the globe has defined our church community for many years. The internet, travel, and monetary or other support for local mission centers have been used to spread the gospel to all the nations of the world. Also, an important part of our missionary efforts is seen in a widespread work for children and young people in the church; passing the Christian message to the next generation and all those who want to hear it.
The basis is Jesus’ Great Commission
Since its humble beginnings in the early 1900s, BCC’s vision has been to lead individuals to a connection with Jesus, so that each one can attain a personal faith in the gospel. Large membership in itself has never been a goal, since it is the Great Commission that serves as a basis for our work. BCC’s Articles of Association clearly reflect this purpose.
Meeting people at their level
Johan Oscar Smith talked with people he met in his profession as a marine officer, and in time gained followers along the entire coast of Norway. The same Word proceeded to spread from Norway to other countries, initially in northern Europe. After Smith´s passing, others continued to travel and preach the Word, and the message reached several other continents. Today, robust and active local churches can be found throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
The church’s mission has always been to spread the gospel from person to person, via natural meetings with people in their own lives and surroundings. To facilitate this, the community of BCC has given financial and practical support for the construction of dozens of mission centers on several continents over the last several decades. Christians from around the world have contributed monies to different organizations, to create facilities and the chance to gather around the gospel, especially for those with little purchasing power in poor countries.
These mission centers are built with facilities useful for edification, accommodation, dining, and activities for all age groups, although the focus is often for children and youth. Here, endeavors are being made to activate a feeling of ownership for the localities at an early stage.
BCC wants missionaries who wish to work on a volunteer/non-profit basis. Volunteer/unpaid missionaries have long since been a tradition in BCC.
Help to self-help is the core of our missionary work. We are not interested in investing funds to be used as a pillow or a basis for passivity, but rather to stimulate local involvement according to the resources and possibilities available. Based on experience, healthy church growth does not occur without active involvement and hard work from the recipients.
A new mission organization in the USA
Mission projects worldwide, including the construction of mission centers in South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, have unique ownership and operating models. The majority are ultimately owned by separate, non-profit organizations which share similar purposes as BCC.
A new mission organization is being established in the United States which aims to efficiently manage future international missionary activities. In collaboration with this new mission organization, BCC will increase its financial support for mission work.
Over many years, BCC has carried out active missionary work on several continents. Via the net, through personal contact and through support of regional conference centers, the church has worked ... Read More