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Church Discipline – October 29-30, 2019

Presented by Cedarville University and 9Marks 

The 2019 conference theme is Church Discipline from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church. 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? 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.

Where is it in the Bible? The New Testament commands corrective discipline (excluding unrepentant sinners from the fellowship of the church) in passages like Matthew 18:15–17, 1 Corinthians 5:1–13, 2 Corinthians 2:6, and 2 Thessalonians 3:6–15. The New Testament speaks about formative discipline in countless passages about pursuing holiness and building one another up in the faith, such as Ephesians 4:11–32 and Philippians 2:1–18

Why is it important? Think of discipline as the stake that helps the tree grow upright, the extra set of wheels on the bicycle, or the musician’s endless hours of practice. Without discipline, we won’t grow as God wants us to. With discipline, we will, by God’s grace, bear peaceful fruit of righteousness (Heb. 12:5–11).

You will sit under the teaching of Brian Davis, Pastor at Risen Christ Fellowship; Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church; John Henderson, Associate Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church; Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks and Elder at Cheverly Baptist Church; and Cedarville Alumnus and Trustee Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor at College Park Church. They will be joined by Cedarville University's President, Dr. Thomas White, and Cedarville's Director, Center for Biblical Integration, and Associate Professor of Theology, Jeremy Kimble. Join with pastors and ministry leaders from around the region as we focus on this critical issue.

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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.

Event Information

The 9Marks Pastors Conference is for Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Church Ministry Leaders seeking to have a church with a biblical understanding of the gospel and its implications for ministry and outreach.

This event takes place October 29–30, 2019 on the campus of Cedarville University. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Stevens Student Center lobby.

Sessions will be located in our Devries Theatre in the Stevens Student Center and our Jeremiah Chapel in the Dixon Ministry Center.


  • Regular Registration from September 9 through October 22: $80
  • Alumni Registration: $60
  • Student Registration: $20
  • Walk-up Registration after October 22: $90

Registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and conference materials.


Tuesday, October 29

  • 8 a.m. – Conference Check-in (Stevens Student Center “SSC” Devries Theatre)
  • 8:45 a.m. - CU Welcome (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 8:50 a.m. - 9Marks Welcome (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 8:55–9:45 a.m. - Session #1, Dr. Thomas White - The Why, How, and When of Church Discipline (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 10–10:50 a.m. - Session #2, Pastor Garrett Kell - Matthew 18, The Heart Behind Church Discipline (Dixon Ministry Center “DMC” Jeremiah Chapel)
  • 11:15–12:05 p.m. - Session #3, Pastor Brian Davis - 2 Cor. 2:5-11 - Reaffirm Your Love for Him (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 12:05–1:45 p.m. - Lunch, included with registration
    • 12:05–12:45 p.m. – Meal
    • 12:45–1:30 p.m. – Bonus Session
  • 1:30–2 p.m. - Break (visit exhibits)
  • 2–2:50 p.m. - Session #4, Pastor Mark Vroegop - 1 Cor. 5:2 - Lamenting Over Our Sin Together (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 2:50–3:10 p.m. - Coffee Break (SSC Lobby)
  • 3:10–4 p.m. - Session #5, Pastor John Henderson - Galatians 6:1-2 - Humility and Restoration (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 4–6:30 p.m. - Dinner Break (On Your Own – Cedarville Area)
    • 5–6:15 p.m. - Conference Dinner in Dining Hall - (pay $8.50)
  • 6:30–7:30 p.m. - Session #6, Dr. Jonathan Leeman - Case Studies in Church Discipline (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 7:30–8:15 p.m. - Session #7, Panel Discussion, All Speakers (SSC Devries Theatre)

Wednesday, October 30

  • 8:45 a.m. - Day 2 Conference opens
  • 8:55–9:45 a.m. - Session #8, Dr. Jeremy Kimble - Warn the Brothers, Work Hard: A Look at Church Discipline in 2 Thessalonians 3 (SSC Devries Theatre)
  • 10–10:50 a.m. - Session #9, Pastor Greg Gilbert - 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 - Scandalous Sin in the Church (DMC Jeremiah Chapel)
  • 11:15–12 p.m. - Session #10, Speaker/Panel Q & A (SSC Devries Theatre)


Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell is the lead pastor of the Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia. Garrett grew up in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech, where he came to know the Lord, through the witness of a friend and the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Later, Garrett served as the evangelism pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas. While there, Garrett earned his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Garrett then served as the senior pastor at Graham Bible Church in Graham, Texas for seven years. He later spent time on staff with Capitol Hill Baptist Church which helped place him with Del Ray Baptist Church. Garrett and his wife, Carrie, have five children, Eden, Haddon, Phoebe, Graham, and Simeon. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, and occasionally doing some type of exercise.

Jeremy Kimble

Jeremy Kimble

Dr. Jeremy Kimble is passionate about teaching college students the truth of God’s Word. His hope is that through his courses, students will seek to love God and others, rightly understand the grand narrative of Scripture and apply theological truths to everyday life. Jeremy is committed to teaching in the classroom as well as mentoring students in smaller settings. He served in pastoral ministry for eight years and has served as an elder and teacher at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville. He also has the opportunity to speak at various camps and conferences throughout the year. Jeremy's research interests include ecclesiology, biblical and systematic theology, Christian worldview, biblical ethics, and the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He is married to Rachel and together they are the proud parents of Hannah (11) and Jonathan (9).

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Brian Davis is a Detroit native, Brian moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and has since considered it home. Since conversion, he has desired to help establish a healthy church in an inner-city context which eventually led to his being a part of Risen Christ Fellowship. He has completed a church planting internship at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC which he began at the conclusion of completing the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in 2013. Brian is joyfully married to Sonia, and the Lord has given them two delightful sons; Spurgeon & Sibbes, and a lovely girl, Noelle.

Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert is the Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of What Is the Gospel? and the co-author of What Is the Mission of the Church?, Preach: Theology Meets Practice, and The Gospel at Work: How Working For King Jesus Gives Meaning and Purpose to Our Jobs, Who Is Jesus?, Why Trust the Bible? and Assured: Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest in Your Salvation.

Greg is married to Moriah and they have three children: Justin, Jack, and Juliet.

John Henderson

John Henderson

John Henderson serves as the Associate Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, primarily overseeing the care, counseling, and equipping ministries of the church. He also serves as a board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the Association of Biblical Counselors. While working on his doctorate in Counseling Psychology, the Lord opened his eyes more fully to the gospel of Jesus Christ and all its implications for daily life, moving him to enter pastoral ministry with a focus on care and counseling. By God’s grace he has written Equipped to Counsel, a training curriculum in biblical counseling, and Catching Foxes, a book for marriage preparation. John and his wife Ruth have been blessed with five children.

Mark Vroegop

Mark Vroegop

Mark Vroegop is Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis. He is a Gospel Coalition Council Member, Cedarville University Trustee, conference speaker, and the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament.

Mark and his wife, Sarah, are parents of four children and a stillborn daughter.

Follow Mark on Twitter @markvroegop or on his blog at markvroegop.com

Jonathon Leeman

Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director of 9Marks in Washington, DC. He edited the 9Marks Journal and co-hosts a podcast with Mark Dever called Pastors' Talk. He is also the author ten books of his own, including Political Church: How Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ's Rule and How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics for a Divided Age. Jonathan teaches adjunctively at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church, which planted out of Capitol Hill Baptist Church last year. He and his wife Shannon have four daughters.

Dr. Thomas White

Thomas White

Dr. Thomas White serves as President of Cedarville University. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, he has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.

Thomas previously served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary. During his tenure, he enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team. He has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy.

He is married to Joy and together they have two children, Rachel and Samuel.

The 9Marks of a Healthy Church

  1. 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.
  2. Biblical Theology–Biblical theology is sound doctrine; it is right thoughts about God; it is belief that accords with Scripture.
  3. 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.
  4. A Biblical Understanding of Conversion–A biblical understanding of conversion recognizes both what God does and what people do in salvation.
  5. A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism–Evangelism is simply telling non-Christians the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to save sinners.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Biblical Church Leadership –The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders.


Contact Us

For additional information about Cedarville University Pastors Conference, please contact Loren Kuhn.

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Cedarville, OH 45314

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1-877-CEDARVILLE (233-2784)

Email: lmkuhn@cedarville.edu

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