Who We Are
Bergen County Harvesters is a student-led, faith-based organization that involves various high schools throughout Bergen County, New Jersey. The purpose of this county-wide network is to expand our outreaching community and to illustrate the power of Christ in the high school generation.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” – Matthew 9:37-38
Inspired by the February 2012 Retreat, our first county-wide retreat hosting five Harvesters clubs, the BCA Harvesters leadership initiated the Bergen County Network. At a leaders’ meeting in September 2012, seven of the Harvesters clubs were represented by at least two leaders. Each leadership team shared its school-specific struggles, goals, and vision for the Harvesters club in the school community.
During September 16-17 2012, the Bergen County leadership attended a lock-in at Hope Church to plan and organize future county-wide events. This leadership conference was supervised by Pastor Samuel Choi, who served as a guest speaker for two of our praise nights. Since the 2012-2013 academic year, we have established a social media network to communicate with one another and are planning Bergen County Harvesters events for upcoming school years.
In September 2014, the Bergen County leadership was blessed with the addition of an adult overseer, who would act as a spiritual covering for the group. After many months of prayer, Donald Seok, a math teacher at Riverdell High School, decided to join the Bergen County Harvesters community and act as a shepherd to guide the sheep through the darkness.
What We Do
Bergen County Harvesters is made up of Harvesters branches in each participating high school. Within each school’s Harvesters branch, club members meet regularly (usually once a week). The structure and vision of the Harvesters club meetings varies by school, but typical activities include prayer, Bible studies, meals, and fellowship outings. For more information about your school’s Harvesters club, please reach out to your *school’s leaders*. For information about which schools have Harvesters branches, see the Schools tab at the top of this page. If your school does not have a Harvesters club, start one! We’re always open to the prospect of new Harvesters clubs. Please contact us here so that we can support and guide you throughout the process of beginning a new Harvesters club.
As a county-wide organization, we have traditionally organized large-scale events, such as praise nights and retreats, which have always had a great response. However, this is not our vision. Our vision as a Bergen County Harvesters is to create a community of faith within the county. This is implemented the most through our biweekly leaders’ meetings, where we not only share with one another about each school’s progress, but also about one another and where we are individually in faith. During our meetings, we fellowship together, creating a loving community within the leaders in order to spread that same love to the members and our schools. Our biggest goal is to create one body in Christ, as that is what God has told us to do.
The WMOG (Women and Men of God) is a regional leadership unit of five young men and women who have been appointed through prayer for the sake of major decision-making and organizational structure. They arrange the BCH leaders’ meetings and do much of the behind-the-scenes planning. Their role is summarized best by the words “Tend, love, and lead.” In correlation with John 21, the WMOG aim to “tend” to the Bergen County Harvesters leaders, who are also members of the BCH community, love on the leaders, and lead the community in most of the logistical planning. Refer to the WMOG tab at the top of the page for more information.