Constituency Session 2013
"Called by God to Go! - Members in Ministry" is the theme set out for the Oregon Conference at the fifty-seventh regular constituency session that was held on September 15 in the gym of Portland Adventist Academy.
The session started with songs, worship and a video of a young family who has grown closer to God through events that lead up to the loss of their infant. Other inspirational videos were played throughout the session, which can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GladstoneCommDept
Some of the items voted on by the session constituents included:
• The Oregon Conference delegates re-elected the four administrators which are: Al Reimche, President; David Allen, Vice President for administration; David Freedman, Vice President for finance; and Gale Crosby, Vice President for Education.
• Healing Hope SDA Fellowship, a new church formed by combining Columbia Gorge, Gresham, and Open Arms churches, became a church. They are currently meeting in what use to be the Open Arms Church at 15150 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230.
• Four congregations moved from company to church status: Cascade Church in Bend, Oregon; Ohana Christian Fellowship in West Linn, Oregon; Samoan Church in White City, Oregon; and Turning Point SDA Community Church in Roseburg, Oregon. Newport Church now has the status of a company.
• The executive committee, the advisory committee to the administration of the Oregon Conference, was voted in to serve for the next four years. This committee consists of twenty individuals that are Seventh-day Adventist members in good standing within the Oregon Conference. The Financial Review Committee and the Articles & By-laws Committee were also voted in.
Dave Allen, VP of administration, reported on the fluctuating membership in the Oregon Conference over the past few years. As of August 2013 there are 35,606 Members in Ministry in the Oregon Conference. Although the average attendance is down, Allen encourages the local church to develop a plan for getting members involved in their local church.
David Freedman, VP of finance, balanced the budget for 2013 with tithe slightly up from last year which is a good trend. The Lord is blessing our Oregon Conference members and it is showing through their giving. The conference has a desire to fund evangelism more than ever before. There are more requests for the evangelism dollars than there is money to disperse.
Al Reimche, president, gave a final encouraging word that ministers and members of the Oregon Conference need to rally together to be able to finish the work here on earth so we can go home. He spoke on how the conference is here to support. “’By resourcing, training, mentoring, and funding, we will empower our ‘Members in Ministry’ to teach, baptize and disciple 5,000 new ‘Members in Ministry’ within the next four years.”
Gleaner Online also has a report on the session: http://bit.ly/18VurZ1.