The start to 2020 will bring plenty of opportunities to connect with Cedarville. We will host prospective students and families on January 17 for CU Lead on January 18, a one-day conference that equips students to “Lead Like Jesus.” On January 24, current and future worship and music leaders will come to Cedarville for the Worship 4:24 Conference to learn how to lead their congregations in praising and honoring King Jesus. And then, we’ll have another opportunity for prospective students and families to learn about Cedarville at CU Monday on Presidents Day, February 17.
On January 7-9, Cedarville will host the annual Global Outreach (GO) Conference. We are privileged this year to have Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as our conference speaker. The GO Conference is a chance for us to hear from the Lord through missionaries, mission agency leaders, and church leaders with a passion for missions. Our students are encouraged to live for maximum Kingdom impact, whether they serve locally or globally. The GO Conference also kicks off a new semester of chapel, where we will continue our series in the book of Nehemiah. You can livestream the GO Conference and daily chapel from our website or from the CU Chapel+ app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
On December 3, Cedarville participated in #GivingTuesday, a national grassroots initiative that encourages charitable giving during the holiday season. Our goal was to raise $150,000, and the Lord did abundantly more than we could ask or imagine, as 329 generous donors gifted $1,065,866 to the University. We are humbled and grateful for this outpouring of support. If you would like to invest in all that the Lord is doing at Cedarville, please consider making a year-end gift.
On March 21, Cedarville will host hundreds of middle school and high school youth and their leaders for CedarMania and the Youth Leaders Summit. There will be lots of high-energy activities, inspiring messages to encourage faithful discipleship and growth in Christ, powerful worship, and lots of fun. We hope that young people attending this event, as well as their youth leaders and pastors, will be encouraged and challenged to pursue the Lord with greater passion and commitment.
Our annual Community Christmas Celebration will be held this Sunday, December 8, at 6 p.m. The University’s choral and instrumental ensembles will celebrate the Christmas season with uplifting renditions of classic carols and a powerful performance of the Hallelujah Chorus by our mass choir and symphonic band. It’s our gift to you this holiday season. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can’t be here in person, please join us via livestream online.
Cedarville will host the Worship 4:24 Conference on January 24-25. Co-sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and Cedarville’s Department of Music and Worship, Worship 4:24 will equip worship leaders, musicians, bands, praise teams, choirs, tech crews, and students to be effective leaders. This year’s conference will include a worship concert Friday night with featured artist Travis Cottrell. High school students are invited to attend the Weekend of Worship event happening in conjunction with Worship 4:24.
On January 18, Cedarville will host its annual CU LEADership Conference. This conference is for high school students and current and aspiring student-leaders at Cedarville. This year, we will consider what it means to “Lead Like Jesus” through stewardship, influence, and service. Prospective students may also join us on Friday, January 17, for a visit day prior to the start of the conference. They can experience chapel, tour campus, visit our residential halls, and enjoy an all-campus community event called “Alt Night.”
Earlier this month, we experienced Homecoming and Parents Weekend at Cedarville. Alumni came from all over the United States and the world to renew friendships and remember their life-transforming Cedarville experience. From the 26th annual cardboard canoe race on a beautiful Friday afternoon, to the Legacy Banquet where we honored outstanding alumni and friends of the University, to the homecoming parade and Saturday evening’s finale, Living Water: A Worship Experience, it was a weekend of thanksgiving as we recalled all the Lord has done and continues to do through His people at Cedarville. Watch a video to see Homecoming and Parents Weekend highlights.
Cedarville University will host the seventh annual 9Marks Pastors Conference on October 29–30 to challenge, strengthen, and encourage ministry leaders as they serve their church and community. The conference will host eight speakers, including University trustee Mark Vroegop, who serves as Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks; and Dr. Jeremy Kimble, Director of Cedarville’s Center for Biblical Integration and Associate Professor of Theology. The conference is $80 per person, and there are Cedarville alumni and student discounts available.
Keith and Kristyn Getty will be on campus October 28 for the SING! Ohio conference and concert. The Gettys, known for their popular, modern-day hymns, including In Christ Alone, are long-time friends of Cedarville. Keith will speak at a free leadership summit from 12-2 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall. Attendance for the summit is limited to 180 people, so make sure to register early. Then they will perform their only Ohio concert on this tour at 7 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel. Tickets are available for $12-30. I am excited for their return to campus and their inspirational worship of King Jesus.