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 (org.no. 979 961 073). Furthermore, BCC is a publically registered religious community according to the Norwegian Religious Community Act §§ 13 and 14, 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, and is further organized into departments for BrunstadTV, BCC Event Planning, BCC Service Center and the Youth Exchange Program.
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.
As stated in the bylaws, BCC consists of three central bodies:
The Board is responsible for administration of BCC’s resources for the promotion of BCC’s operations. In addition, the Board must ensure a satisfactory organization of the operations. It is the Board’s responsibility to administer the church’s properties and assets. Unanimity is required for decisions by the Board.
The Leadership of BCC is responsible for the direction of the church’s doctrine and is responsible for the church’s events and Christian content.
The Representative Assembly
The Representative Assembly is BCC’s highest authority in matters that do not fall under the authority of the Leadership or the Board. The Assembly confirms amendments to the organization’s statutes, approves the annual accounting reports and presents proposals to 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.
Board Members and General Manager
Berit H. Nilsen
Chairman of the Board
Finn Åge Ødegård
The board’s responsibility
The Board is responsible for administrating the Association’s resources in order to further the Association’s operations, and must ensure a satisfactory organization of the operations. The Association is represented to the outside world by a united Board.
Property and assets
The Board administers the Association’s properties and assets. The Board, as owner, has authority to use the properties, as well as through sale or mortgage. The Board must consist of at least 3 – three, but not more than 5 – five members, and at least 3 – three – deputies.
Members of the board
Board members and deputies serve until they themselves choose to step down. New board members are elected by the remaining board members in accordance with suggestions coming from the Assembly. The Board is also free to elect others than those put forward by the Assembly.
The Chairman of the Board is elected by the Board for a period of 3 years at a time.
The board’s resolutions
The Board passes resolutions at meetings that are in session. The Board forms a quorum when one and all board members are present. Resolutions are passed unanimously.