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Oregon Conference Announces Strategic Financial Adjustments and Operational Changes

Oregon Conference Announces Strategic Financial Adjustments and Operational Changes

As the world adjusts to the new normal of a post-pandemic society, the Oregon Conference has found itself navigating an evolving economic landscape. Despite experiencing historically high tithe contributions from 2021 to 2023, inflationary expenses have eroded these gains and we’ve found ourselves in a place that necessitates strategic budget realignment.

"These decisions were not made lightly, but with much prayer and consideration of the current realities faced by our conference," shared Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president. "We are committed to stewarding our resources effectively to fulfill God's mission in our field."

The following operational adjustments are the result of long, prayerful consideration in collaboration with the Oregon Conference Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Administration team.


The 2024 Oregon Conference Budget will include:

1. Approximately a 20% decrease in the conference headquarters office personnel budget equivalence.

2. A 20% reduction of pastoral staff in the field, along with necessary district restructuring.

3. Providing additional severance packages for salaried office personnel and pastors voluntarily retiring or resigning by April 30.

4. Implementation of a general freeze on hiring of new personnel and freezing employee remuneration levels.

5. A 3% reduction in the conference's contribution to local school educator expenses.

6. Reduction of conference office operation costs while maintaining operational and missional needs.

"We understand the challenges these changes may pose for our employee families, churches, and schools, and are committed to supporting them through this transition,” added Linrud.

From Obstacles to New Paths

Drawing parallels from biblical narratives, the conference leadership emphasizes the importance of embracing new beginnings amidst challenges. "As with the Israelites at the Red Sea, God will make a way for us through these changes, leading us to new paths and opportunities for His glory," said Linrud. “The conference will work towards providing training, systems, and support to equip local churches and schools for this new phase.”

God’s Call to Prayer

We recognize the emotional impact these changes will have. We ask that each of our members join us in intensified prayer and humility. This will not be an easy time for any of us, however, as President Linrud shared, ”We believe that through humility and prayer, God will guide us through these transitions and bring healing and renewal to our communities.”

God’s Promise

Echoing the promise of Jeremiah 29:11, the Oregon Conference remains steadfast in its belief in God's plans for His people. As we move forward in humility and anticipation, we trust in God's promise to prosper us and give us hope for the future.

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