Cedarville University believes in and supports the ministry of local churches. We desire that each student find a Bible believing, gospel-centered local congregation by the end of their first semester in order to utilize their gifts and talents in service for the Lord. As a Christ-follower, it is important to maintain regular interaction with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25), especially while away from home. As a student at Cedarville, you will have many opportunities to worship and grow spiritually, but none of these are intended to take the place of God’s design for the body of Christ meeting in local churches. This webpage is a resource to help you find a church.
Church Search Criteria
When searching for a church, be discerning. There are many good churches within a reasonable distance of Cedarville University that are eager to welcome you. Here are some criteria when selecting a church:
- Does the church show evidence of valuing the Bible as the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God through its preaching and teaching?
- Is the church’s doctrinal position biblically sound?
- Is there evidence that the community of believers in this church work together in love and enjoy each other’s fellowship?
- Is the worship music God-centered, express biblical truths and edifying?
- Does the church offer opportunities for you to serve?
- For undergraduate students) would your parents/guardians and your home church affirm your choice?
- How does the church show a passion for sharing the Gospel?
Find-A-Church (church search engine)
Students may also use “Find a Church,” a church search engine available on this page. You may search by city/state or zip code. The database of churches is not a recommended list, but simply a resource to help you find a church. We strongly advise that students check a church’s website to determine what the church believes before attending. Also, feel free to talk with Cedarville faculty or staff for recommendations of where they attend church.
Need Additional Help Finding a Church?
The Church Relations staff is committed to helping students find a great church in which to attend and serve. Please contact Church Relations if you need additional help.
Student Involvement Fair
At the beginning of each school year in the fall semester, new and returning students are encouraged to attend the Student Involvement Fair. The Student Involvement Fair offers this event to area churches and ministries to present service opportunities and how students can be involved.
If you are interested in more information about this event, please contact the Global Outreach offices at 937-766-7602.
Each year in the fall, Church Relations sponsors Pastor Appreciation Days. Scriptures remind us that it is good to let those who minister to us as pastors and elders to let them know how much you appreciate their labor on your behalf (1 Thes. 5:12). During Pastor Appreciation we offer students faculty and staff a chance to write a note of encouragement and appreciation to their pastors. Church Relations mails these postcards to your pastor(s) at no cost. Watch for announcements on specific days.