Outpost Centers International is a family of lay ministries supporting the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Based in Apison, Tennessee, United States, OCI networks and nurtures ministries on all six continents.
Members benefit from counsel, moral and spiritual support, exposure, training, networking, and an annual retreat. The OCI leadership regularly visit and encourage current and potential ministries across North America and around the world. Expatriate workers view OCI as their United States contact and home base.
OCI is also a member of Adventist-laymen Services and Industries (ASI).
The roots of OCI can be traced back to the early 1900s when, with Ellen White’s influence and support, E.A. Sutherland and P.T. Magan established the Madison School. Then known as self-supporting work, countless new institutions sprang up around the world.
By 1982 Warren Wilson—then president of Wildwood Sanitarium and Hospital—realized these independent institutions would benefit by joining together. He envisioned an organization to facilitate the growth of self-supporting work, train and strengthen leaders, give encouragement, and form a network. Thus OCI was established.
Today OCI continues to serve and grow, recently opening its doors to smaller family projects that can join as associate members.
As an organization desiring to spread the Gospel, OCI’s aim is to work in harmony with the Bible, the writings of Ellen White, and the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. All OCI members work with local church leadership, seeking areas to strengthen the church and compliment its mission.
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