It’s not unusual to hear people ask, “What is OCF?” or “What does OCF do?” They may wonder if OCF is a club of officers like-minded in their Christian faith, or just the local Bible study fellowship they attend.
As for what OCF does, some think it runs the gamut from ministry work pumped out of a national office, or from our conference centers in Pennsylvania or Colorado, or something that takes place at special events like ROTC retreats or winter camps. Over the past two years in their work with the new Strategic Framework, both OCF Council and staff members have been seeking from God a clear picture of what He intends for OCF to be and has called OCF to do.
What is OCF?
OCF is a fellowship of Christ-followers who seek to exalt Him through their lives and service as leaders. Our “ministers” are our members, and vary greatly in Christian religious backgrounds and military responsibilities. We are men and women diverse in rank, age, ethnicity, and marital status. Our commonality is centered in three key attributes:
- Christ-followers. All members—regular and associate—follow Jesus Christ: called and empowered by Him to serve in His gospel message.
- Leaders. We are leaders entrusted with being responsible for others. This special role is invaluable to Jesus’ redemptive work.
- Indigenous. We are members of the military society, and as such, we possess great potential for uniquely serving Christ from within the military community.
Just as our Lord prayed to His Father, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world,” we too are sent in our common faith, uniquely gifted in leadership and equipped by the Holy Spirit to live powerfully within our military communities.
OCF’s vision of “the military community positively impacted through Christlike leaders” provides the goal we strive for in God’s grace. It’s through our members, the Christlike leaders in the places God has assigned us, where we can make a difference, such as:
- A team of twenty Bible study leaders under the leadership of a retired officer hosted twice-weekly studies for Army cadets who attended chapel during their free time at the annual ROTC summer training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This year the team engaged 523 cadets in Bible studies centering on their upcoming roles as Christian military leaders.
- The wife of an active duty officer stepped up to assume leadership of the chapel community youth group following a vacancy. She formed a team of co-leaders, established spiritual growth programs, and organized youth to support the family and adult chapel programs.
- A retired Navy couple at Annapolis opened their home to two midshipmen desiring Christian fellowship, who subsequently invited others. Many other mids are now also enjoying the warm, generous, and loving hospitality of this caring OCF couple.