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BCC: The Truth has been created in hopes to allow ex-members of the Brunstad Christian Church to be vocal about their experience anonymously. The standard is the truth. 

BCC: The Truth will remain impartial and act as the mouthpiece for those who wish to come forward and share their experiences in the Brunstad Christian Church. If you'd like to make a submission, please contact us below by leaving your email and a message, thank you. 

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Brunstad Christian Church was founded by Johan Oscar Smith in 1898. Smith was in the Norwegian Navy when he got converted and 'gave his life to Christ' thereby founding BCC. However, at the time he had no name for his organization other than referring to it as "the church", but outsiders called them "Smith's Friends". The church slowly gained momentum in Norway and multiple churches were built along the Norwegian coast. Because of this and the practical need of complying with local regulations, as well as maintaining consistent accounts with suppliers, contractors, banks, etc., they decided to call it as what we know today.

BCC's main belief is that humans can become like Jesus. Not in a figurative sense; the belief that we can fully eliminate sin from our lives through faith in God. 

BCC now has 220 churches in over 19 countries, and on every continent besides Antarctica. There are currently ~20,000 members worldwide, most of whom travel to the southern tip of Norway for conferences. These annual gatherings can see 10,000 persons in attendance for a two-week-long period. 

The Brunstad Christian Church created a group called A-lag, or A-team in the early 2000s. It's quite common for those finishing high school to join A-team and be sent wherever BCC sees fit. This could be anywhere from Germany, to France, but most are sent to work on the many building projects at the Oslo Fjord Convention Center, which is the church's headquarters and where the conferences take place. A-team is 100% volunteer so those who join can work 40-70 hour weeks and get paid about $140 a month.

 

In order to fund these building projects BCC routinely launches fundraising drives where churches around the world raise money for the convention center. 

The church has no official leader, like a pope, nor are there any preachers, baptists, or cardinals. Though, BCC does have a leading brother, Kare Smith, who is related to Johan smith, the church founder. Each church also has a leading brother who is charged with starting meetings and spiritually shepherding their church. Women are not allowed to start meetings or lead a church unless permitted by an older brother. 

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