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The Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks is October 27-28, 2020.

The theme is "Biblical Church Leadership from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church.

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),
  • 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.

Church Connect is a monthly newsletter sent out by the Church Relations Office (exceptions are Dec and July). This newsletter contains information about events, programs and services offered by the university that we believe will be of particular benefit to pastors and ministry leaders. If you would like to receive this newsletter, just send an email to Bruce Traeger and in the subject line type "Church Connect."