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.
In 2017, the ownership of the centers were transferred to the foundation Brunstadstiftelsen, where its Christian purpose is furthered through subsidiary GIH (Global Investment Holding).
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.
BCC’s online missionary tools
BCC has net-based outreach tools, mainly the platform activechristianity.org. The primary focus of these sites is edification and Christian missions, and they are translated into several languages. Everyone who is interested can read about BCC’s faith and teachings, and the church’s original literature is available for download as e-books. The gospel’s message is further presented in online articles, films, and personal testimonies. Social media is used actively to reach others and lead new readers to BCC’s net platforms.
For any and all interested, BCC’s beliefs, teachings, and core literature are easily accessible as e-books. The Christian doctrine is further presented via online articles, films and personal testimonies. Social media is used actively to reach more people and lead readers to central content on the website.
In the years ahead bcc.media foundation will be an important tool in BCC’s missionary work. With the help of traditional teaching and cutting-edge technology, we wish to convey the gospel and make it accessible so that people interested in the Bible’s message have the opportunity to hear, experience, and partake of the new life Jesus taught. BrunstadTV is one of several vehicles used for this purpose.
Behind the scenes during one of BrunstadTV’s studio productions
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