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Associate Membership Criteria

Definition

A family project is a ministry or mission operation run by a family or group of close friends.  While the project supports the family, its primary purpose is ministry.  Usually it would not have a not-for-profit status.

Requirements

Share the same goals as OCI

These projects may be linked to or founded by former/present students or workers of an OCI ministry.  They may also have been started without former connection to OCI, but based on the same goals.

Take a special class in self-supporting work

This class is offered at the OCI Leaders Retreat/New Leaders Training.  It is also available on an individual basis.  The class covers such topics as the history of self-supporting work, lifestyle issues, standards, medical missionary work, etc.

Willing to train others

Accept students for short time periods to work with the family project. The students would learn how to operate such a project while giving assistance.  This would advance the growth of family projects around the world.

Readiness to participate

See “Benefits” below for some forms of participation.

Applicable OCI Membership Criteria:

  • Our Purpose  OCI is a family of lay ministries supporting the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  As the need and invitation arise, OCI assists its members with counsel, matches workers with needs, trains new leaders, acts as a liaison with church leadership, evaluates and helps solve problems, and more. OCI acts as the U.S. contact and home base for expatriate workers at mission outposts for ministries in approximately thirty countries.  OCI is also a member of Adventist-laymen Services and Industries (ASI).
    As an organization desiring to spread the Gospel, our aim is to work in harmony with the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Those organizations desiring to join OCI will need to be in agreement with this and the following criteria.
  • Participation before Membership  An organization requesting membership in OCI may submit an application with the recommendation of two board members or two leaders in an OCI member organization, or with two individuals who have had significant interaction with OCI.   An organization requesting membership in OCI must be in operation for at least one year.
  • Financial Stewardship  OCI members refuse to solicit or to accept tithe from Seventh-day Adventist church members.
    OCI members are to avoid debt. Debt, if incurred, should be repaid as a first priority. Failure to honor financial commitments would jeopardize the status of your OCI membership.
  • Documentation Required  Applicants for membership must provide copies of their operating policies (including policies regarding minimum moral and lifestyle standards) if available. Also send in a completed OCI Associate Membership Application, including the signed health guidelines document. Once the completed application is received with the required supporting documents, they will be reviewed by the OCI Executive Committee, and will be brought with their recommendations to the next meeting of the Board of Directors.
  • Membership Fee To help facilitate OCI’s continued growth, each member is expected to pay an annual membership fee.* The fee is $50 annually for associate member ministries.
    These funds go toward the work of the OCI field vice presidents, enabling them to better serve their regions. The purpose of the fee is to provide a way for each ministry to be actively involved in the worldwide family of OCI.
    *A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required with the submission of this application. The membership fee is due the first January 1 following membership approval by the OCI Board.
  • Loss of Membership  Members who fail to comply with the conditions of membership may be removed or suspended from OCI by a decision of the executive committee or board.

Benefits

  • Associate members of OCI
  • Moral and spiritual support  Family projects also receive assistance in reaching their ministry goals.
  • Counsel from their OCI Field Vice President (FVP) or a local OCI ministry  Family projects also participate in local or continental activities and are welcome to attend the annual OCI Leaders Retreat/New Leaders Training.
  • Invited to attend the yearly Advisory Council  Advisory Council is held at the OCI Leaders Retreat/New Leaders Training.
  • Networking  Family projects benefit by networking with established OCI ministries and other family projects.
  • Receive exposure  Family projects gain exposure through OCI Reports magazine, OCI’s website, (www.outpostcenters.org), and exhibits.
  • Receive donations  Donations can be received from or through OCI, but only for mission activities.