Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, and in conjunction with 9Marks Ministries, the Cedarville University pastors conference has been canceled for fall 2020. This page will share 2021 conference information as soon as it has been confirmed. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please reach out to Bruce Traeger, Director of Church Relations, by phone at 937-766-7662 or email.
POSTPONED Biblical Church Leadership - October 27-28, 2020
Presented by Cedarville University and 9Marks
Thank you for your interest in the Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks. This year's conference theme is Biblical Church Leadership from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church. It will be held October 27-28, 2020. The conference sessions will focus on 3 key questions: What is it? Where is it in the Bible? and Why is it important?
What is it? The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders.
Where is it in the Bible? Paul lays out the qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Passages that evidence a plurality of elders in one local church include Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 4:14, 1 Timothy 5:17, and James 5:14.
Why is it important? God gifts churches with elders to:
- feed God’s sheep God’s word (Jn. 21:15-17),
- guide the sheep (1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet. 5:3, Heb. 13:7),
- and protect the sheep from attackers (Acts 20:27-29; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9),
- while protecting both themselves and the church through the wisdom of their plurality (Prov. 11:14; 24:6).
The bottom line? Biblical church leadership is important because without it, God’s people are like sheep without shepherds.
Conference Mission Statement
Through biblical teaching and fellowship, the Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks will challenge, strengthen, and encourage ministry leaders as they serve their church and community.
9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches.
The 9Marks of a Healthy Church
- Expositional Preaching–An expositional sermon takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
- Biblical Theology–Biblical theology is sound doctrine; it is right thoughts about God; it is belief that accords with Scripture.
- A Biblical Understanding of the Gospel–A biblical understanding of the gospel is important because the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, and it is the only way for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy God.
- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion–A biblical understanding of conversion recognizes both what God does and what people do in salvation.
- A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism–Evangelism is simply telling non-Christians the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to save sinners.
- Biblical Church Membership–According to the Bible, church membership is a commitment every Christian should make to attend, love, serve, and submit to a local church.
- Biblical Church Discipline–In the broadest sense, church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin. Preaching, teaching, prayer, corporate worship, accountability relationships, and godly oversight by pastors and elders are all forms of discipline.
- Biblical Discipleship and Growth–Scripture teaches that a live Christian is a growing Christian (2 Pet. 1:8-10). Scripture also teaches that we grow not only by instruction, but by imitation (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1). Therefore churches should exhort their members to both grow in holiness and help others do the same.
- Biblical Church Leadership –The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders.
For additional information about Cedarville University Pastors Conference, please contact Loren Kuhn.
251 North Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314