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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.

Structural Requirements

New members agree to have on their board of directors at least one OCI board member or an OCI institutional leader or an individual who has had significant involvement in OCI.

Members agree to operate their organization under a board of directors of at least five (5) members. The majority of the board members are not to be related to each other.

The title of the properties of the member institutions of OCI are to be held by a non-profit corporation, or its equivalent, rather than privately owned.

Documentation Required

Applicants for membership must provide copies of corporate documents, including:

  1. Charter and By-laws (including the mission statement)
  2. Proof of tax exemption if applicable
  3. Operating policies (including policies regarding minimum moral and lifestyle standards)
  4. Current financial statement
  5. Names and addresses of officers and board members, including the dates of each term
  6. OCI membership application, including 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.

In situations where the above items are not applicable, a letter clarifying the circumstances may be accepted in lieu of these documents.

Membership Fee

To help facilitate OCI’s continued growth, each member is expected to pay an annual membership fee.* The fees are as follows:

Ministries with less than 25 employees—$100 annually

Ministries with 25 or more employees—$200 annually

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.