Carefully read the following membership guidelines and fill out the form below to apply for OCI membership. You can also download a PDF of the form here.
Associate OCI membership is for smaller family projects that don’t have a full organizational structure but still want the support of the OCI network. 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 nonprofit status. 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.
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, connects potential workers with needs, nurtures 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 50 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.
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.
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 and Administration Fee
To help facilitate OCI’s continued growth, each member is expected to pay an annual membership fee and an administration fee for donation processing.* The fees are as follows:
- Associate member ministries—$50 annually
- Administration fee—1.5% of donations processed
The membership fee will 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.
The administration fee helps defray the cost of providing financial services to member ministries.
*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.
Note: Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applications will not be considered until all documents and payments have been received.