Legal organization

The name Brunstad Christian Church is used to refer to both an international Christian community and a Norwegian organization. 

The BCC community

Brunstad Christian Church is the current name for the worldwide Christian community which emerged in the years after Johan Oscar Smith’s conversion in May 1898. Brunstad Christian Church – that is, the people and organizations that profess the Biblical doctrine that convicted Johan Oscar Smith, and are brought together by the international conferences held at Brunstad – has now spread to more than 50 nations and every continent.

In Norway, BCC consists of 19 local churches, which are organized as independent associations with separate finances and leadership. The organization of church operations in other countries varies somewhat, but generally consists of independent organizations. Although the BCC Christian community share a common faith and gospel, the organizations’ practical and financial governance are independent.

The organization BCC

In Norway, BCC is organized as a non-profit association registered in the Norwegian Register for Legal Entities and Register of Non-Profit Organizations ( 979 961 073). Furthermore, BCC is a publically registered religious community according to the Norwegian Religious Community Act § 4 and 23 with approved persons authorized to perform marriages according to the Marriage Act § 12 (1) letter a.

The Association is amongst other things responsible for the church’s international conferences and other events, a series of administrative and economic functions.

This website is run by the Norwegian organization but also includes information about the wider Christian community we are a part of, which could be of interest.


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Three central bodies

The Board

Within the budget and boundaries set by the Assembly of Representatives, the board shall have responsibility for administrating BCC’s resources for the furtherance of BCCs activity and steward the church’s assets. In addition, the Board must ensure a satisfactory organization of the operations. Unanimity is required for decisions by the Board.

Church Elders

The Church Elders is are responsible for the stewardship of the church’s doctrine and are responsible for the church’s events and Christian content. Annually a conference for elders is held with BCC’s elders together with elders from local churches in Norway and abroad.

Assembly of Representatives

The Assembly of Representatives is BCC’s highest authority in matters that do not fall under the authority of the Church Elders. The Assembly of Representatives shall have responsibility for and approve the budget, including making resolutions regarding grants to organisations in the BCC Federation and steps taken to realise BCC’s charitable objectives. Furthermore, the Assembly approves the financial statements, authorises changes to the organization’s constitution and presents proposals for the consideration of the Board. The Representative Assembly consists of two representatives from each of the 19 Norwegian churches, and a varying number of foreign representatives chosen by the Assembly each year.

The Board

Berit H. Nilsen

Chair of the Board

Finn Åge Ødegård

Board member

Trond Eivind Johnsen

Board member

Steinar Riise

Chief Executive Officer

The board’s responsibility

Within the budget and boundaries set by the Assembly of Representatives, the board shall have responsibility for administrating BCC’s resources in order to further the Association’s purpose, and must ensure satisfactory organization of the operations. The Association is represented by the Board collectively

Property and assets

Within the budget and boundaries set by the Assembly of Representatives, the board shall have responsibility for the administration of the Association’s properties and assets, and has the authority to handle properties as owner, including concerning their sale or mortgage.

Members of the board

Board members are elected by the Assembly of Representatives. BCC shall also have an appointment committee who amongst other things propose members for the board. Board members and deputies remain in post until they resign.

The Chair of the Board is elected by the Board. The Board must consist of at least 3 – three, but not more than 5 – five members, and at least 3 – three – deputies.


The board’s resolutions

The Board passes resolutions at meetings that are in session. The Board forms a quorum when all board members are present. Resolutions are passed unanimously.