2016 Conference - Church Membership

Church Membership: What is it? Why is it important? Join us as we engage this conference topic with 9Marks at Cedarville University on November 9-10, 2016.

The speakers for our 2016 conference include Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church, Matt Mason, Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks and Elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, John Hammett, Associate Dean for Theological Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church. They will be joined by Cedarville University's President, Thomas White, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Jeremy Kimble, and the Dean of the Cedarville University School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Jason Lee.


Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Church Ministry Leaders seeking to have a church with a biblical understanding and practice regarding church membership. 


November 9-10, 2016
Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the
Stevens Student Center Lobby


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


Early Bird (Aug 1 - Sep 30) - $60
Regular Registration (Sep 30 - Nov 2) - $80
Alumni Registration (Sep 30 - Nov 5) - $60
Student Registration - $20
Registration fee includes coffee breaks, dessert reception, and conference materials

Lunch and Dinner on Wednesday, November 9. On the registration page you will find at the end an option to join other conference attendees for lunch and dinner. Cedarville University is sponsoring a free lunch, however, registration is required. For dinner there will a barbecue feast for an additional cost of $12. This option provides you with as opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other pastors and our speakers. More details and meal options are available on the conference page. We hope you can join us!

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  • Bill Walter - Church Growth Services, Senior Consultant
  • Melvin Felty - Felty-Heinlen Architects and Planners, Inc., Principal
  • Chad Coe - Brentwood Builders, Inc., Business Development Director

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Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert

Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church

John  Hammett

John Hammett

Associate Dean for Theological Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell

Lead Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church

Jeremy Kimble

Jeremy Kimble

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University

Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman

Editorial Director of 9Marks and Elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Matt Mason

Matt Mason

Senior Pastor of the Church at Brook Hills

Thomas White

Thomas White

President of Cedarville University

Tentative Schedule


Wednesday, November 9

8–8:45 a.m.

Conference Check-in (Stevens Student Center 'SSC' Front Lobby)

Coffee Reception sponsored by Church Relations

8:45–9 a.m.

Conference Welcome and Announcements - Bruce Traeger (Church Relations), Jon Wood (Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries), Garrett Kell (9Marks Ministries)

9–9:50 a.m.

The Biblical Foundation for Church Membership - Thomas White

(SSC Devries Theatre)

10–10:50 a.m.

Why Church Membership Matters - from the book of Hebrews - Pastor Garrett Kell

(Jeremiah Chapel)

11:10–12 p.m.

Leading Your Church Toward Meaningful Membership - Pastor Greg Gilbert

(SSC Devries Theatre)

* 12–1:15 p.m.

Lunch on your own, or
Free sponsored lunch by Cedarville University (pre-registration required)

(SSC Event Rooms)

1:30–2:20 p.m.

Processes that Aid Meaningful Membership - Jonathan Leeman

(SSC Devries Theatre)

2:30–3:15 p.m.

On Being a Healthy Church Member - John Hammett

(SSC Devries Theatre)

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

(SSC Front Lobby)

3:30–4:20 p.m.

How Church Membership and Discipline Work Together - Jeremy Kimble

(SSC Devries Theatre)

4:30–6:15 p.m.

Dinner Break - on your own OR

* 5-6 p.m.
Dinner with Conference Speakers - Cost is $12
Includes BBQ pulled pork, fried chicken, corn, baked beans, salad, and drinks.

(SSC Event Rooms)

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Talk-Back with Speakers (Coffee and Dessert Included) 

Sponsored by Church Relations

(SSC Event Rooms)


Thursday, November 10

8–8:50 a.m.

Conference Check-in (Stevens Student Center 'SSC' Front Lobby)

Coffee Reception Sponsored by Church Relations

9–9:45 a.m.

A Good Diet Keeps a Body Healthy - Church Membership and the Ordinances - Jason Lee

(SSC Devries Theatre)

10–10:50 a.m.

Church Membership as a Display of the Gospel - Acts 2:42-47 - Matt Mason

(Jeremiah Chapel)

11–11:45 a.m.

Talk Back 2, Speakers Panel - Audience Q&A

(SSC Devries Theatre)

*This schedule is subject to change.

Additional Events

Seminary Fair

Cedarville University presents the annual Seminary Fair. This year, the fair is being held in conjunction with the 9Marks Pastors Conference, November 9-10. Seminary representatives will be available each day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Perhaps connect with your alma mater or explore that next step in ministry training and development. Below is a list of Seminaries that have come in the past...

  • Alliance Theological Seminary
  • Cairn University
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • English Language Institute/China (ELIC)
  • Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Grace College
  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
  • Liberty University
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Moody Theological Seminary
  • Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Shepherds Theological Seminary
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Summit University - Graduate School and Baptist Bible Seminary
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

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. The Cedarville Pastors Conference will equip pastors and church leaders with a biblical understanding of the gospel along with its implications for ministry and outreach.