OACI -> Who we are

Our International Structure and Statement of Purpose

Our Nature

Open Air Campaigners International is an association of autonomous OAC Nations that are bound together by:

  1. The OACI statement of faith;
  2. OACI policy;
  3. The OACI statement of purpose;
  4. Fellowship and trust.

In other words, OACI is not a centralised international missionary society. OAC is registered in a number of countries, and these national organisations (or nations, to use our jargon) together make up OACI. The aim is to allow the work in each country to take on its own character under local leadership while maintaining a common direction and vision.

A worldwide conference takes place every four years (the most recent one took place in 2004 in Pennsylvania, USA). The conference is chaired by our International President, currently Robert Siakimotu.

For practical reasons, the nations are divided into four regional zones:

Each zone meets annually to discuss matters of regional interest.

Statement of purpose

Again, our policy book states that...

Open Air Campaigners International is an interdenominational ministry of evangelism committed to preaching the Gospel to the unreached through open-air and other outreaches and mobilising the Church to do the same.

Our historical roots are very much in open-air evangelism, and many nations still spend much of their time in the open air. However, our desire is to be flexible in our methodology while maintaining a clear commitment to proclamation evangelism. In some circumstances we recognise that other methods are most appropriate.

By 'the unreached', we obviously mean those who have not responded to the gospel, but also that we focus our efforts on those who are not usually contacted through traditional church activity. OACI is committed to taking the gospel to the people, not waiting for the people to come to us!

OACI -> Who we are