Here are answers to some common questions about OCF.
What’s the difference between a Regular member and an Associate member?
Regular members are any active duty or retired officer or warrant officer, or anyone in training for a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces. Regular members may vote and serve on the ruling council. An Associate member is any spouse, enlisted, or civilian U.S. citizen who shares Officers’ Christian Fellowship’s purpose and vision.
I’m not active duty. Can I still be a member?
Yes, a regular member would include retired and separated officers.
I’m not in the military but am interested in the OCF ministry. Can I be a member?
Yes, you would be considered an associate member.
What are the dues for membership?
There are no dues.
I’m interested in leading a Bible study. Do I need to be a member?
It is very important to us that the leader of the Local Fellowship be an OCF member. This is important for a couple of significant reasons. First, it is a matter of consistency for people in the Local Fellowship. A leader who is an OCF member is more likely to be leading the group in step with our Purpose, Vision and ministry philosophy because of the materials we will have sent out. Second, by being a member and on our regular mailing list, the leader is aware of current OCF activities which can be supported by prayer, emphasized and advertised within the Local Fellowship for their participation.
How do I start an OCF Bible Study group?
All the information and resources for starting a study is on the OCF website, (link to resources). Look at “For OCF Leaders,” “Small Groups,” and “Bible Studies” for step-by-step instructions on how to start to downloadable studies – just print and go.
How do I add my Bible Study group to the website?
Fill out this short form or email Laura in Member Services with your name, email address, the name of your base as well as where your study is meeting, day and time.
How do I order large quantities of Out of the Valley, Thriving Not Just Surviving, or 100 Days Bible Study?
Call the home office at 800-424-1984 for details.
What are my responsibilities as a member of OCF?
We ask that you participate actively and prayerfully in the ministry of OCF with your time, talents, spiritual gifts, and financial resources. Living as an example consistent with biblical guidelines.
What are some of the benefits of membership?
- Become part of a dynamic group of fellow believers in the military society.
- Receive personal notification about OCF activities outside the Bible study groups.
- Receive invitations to local OCF installation-wide gatherings.
- A worldwide Linkup program of contacts for Christian fellowship at new duty stations and during travel.
- Conference centers and programs at Spring Canyon, Colorado, and at White Sulphur Springs, Pennsylvania.
- COMMAND magazine, sent free to members three times a year, features articles on Christianity, the military life, and OCF news and events.
- Other publications, including books, topical booklets, and brochures, that address life, leadership and ministry in the Armed Forces.
- Staff-led ministries at service academies and key military centers, such as Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
- A nationally coordinated outreach to ROTC units.
- Regional staff who teach, encourage and counsel OCF leaders and members.
- Regional conferences to equip and encourage leaders for more effective OCF outreach and service.
- Spiritually Smart Family conferences under OCF’s family outreach ministry.
Are there other ministries that OCF recommends or partners with?
Because OCF’s emphasis and expertise is not in every area, here are some organizations we can refer you to:
- Association for Christian Conferences, Teaching and Service (ACCTS): Since 1972, OCF and ACCTS have had a close relationship and have often partnered together in ministry efforts.
- Planting Roots: Planting Roots has a vision to impact military women with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for victorious living.