Oregon Conference Holds
Quadrennial Constituency Session
September saw the quadrennial Oregon Conference Constituency Session take place. A few details...
- The Oregon Conference delegates re-elected the four administrators: Al Reimche, President; David Allen, Vice President for Administration; David Freedman, Vice President for Finance; and Gale Crosby, Vice President for Education.
- Healing Hope, a Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship, was welcomed into the sisterhood of churches. This new church was formed by combining the Columbia Gorge, Gresham, and Open Arms churches. They are currently meeting in the former Open Arms church building.
- Four congregations moved from company to church status: Cascade Church in Bend, Ore.; Ohana Christian Fellowship in West Linn, Ore.; Samoan Church in White City, Ore.; and TurningPoint Adventist Community Church in Roseburg, Ore. Newport Church has returned to company status.
- The 20 elected members of the Executive Committee were voted in to serve for the next four years. This committee is the Board of Directors for the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and consists of individuals who are Seventh-day Adventist members in good standing within the Oregon Conference. The Financial Review Committee and the Articles & By-Laws Committee members were also voted in.
- Dave Allen, Vice President for Administration, reported on the fluctuating membership in the Oregon Conference over the past few years. As of August 2013 there were 35,606 members in the Oregon Conference. Although the average attendance is down, Allen encouraged the local church to develop a plan for getting members involved in their local churches.
- David Freedman, Vice President for Finance, balanced the budget for 2013 with tithe slightly up from last year.
- Al Reimche, President, gave a final word, encouraging us to rally together to finish the work here on earth. He said the Conference was available to support our members. “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!”