This week, the governors of Oregon and Washington both released their versions of a “Stay Home” orders that closed many non-essential businesses across both states. Interestingly, the orders have slightly different implications for our churches in Oregon and Washington. Here’s how we’re understanding the implications for Oregon Conference churches.
Due to the rapidly-changing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the administration of the North American Division (NAD) has elected to transition its corporate office in Columbia, Maryland, to a virtual operation.
The Oregon Conference Administrative Committee has made the decision to suspend all in-person worship services at Oregon Conference Churches until April 14. This also includes any gatherings of the church which will result in more than 10 people attending.
Oregon Conference Department of Education has announced that all conference schools will be closed from March 16-31. This decision aligns the Adventist Education system with Governor Kate Brown’s order to close all Oregon K-12 schools. The decision applies to all Oregon Conference schools in both Oregon and Washington.
It’s All About Jesus! The mission of Oregon Conference churches and schools is to focus on Jesus in all things, knowing, loving, and serving Jesus and others as we share Jesus with the world. Sometimes, that feels challenging. Yet our communities need the peace that Jesus brings even more today than ever as we address the COVID-19 pandemic together.
That’s why the Oregon Conference is committed to cooperating with the guidelines of local health authorities and government agencies to promote the public health and wellness of our communities. We are especially concerned for those who are most at risk for severe complications of COVID-19.
On March 4, 2020, during the North American Division monthly staff meeting, NAD administration invited Tim Northrop, president of Adventist Risk Management, and Dr. Peter Landless, Health Ministries director of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to present on what the church is doing in regard to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Have you ever wondered how an Executive Committee decides on the details of a Conference Budget? According to North American Division best practice, each year’s budget is to be based on a projected “income” of 98% of the previous year’s tithe. That’s the starting point.