The conference is being held at Houston Baptist University. It is not an expensive conference to attend, ranging from $10 (children) to $80 (adults). The focus of the conference is on the importance of the church and church membership. I think this is a very important conference topic for our day. You may read a description of the conference below. To find out more information, including registration, click here.
Does “membership” in a local church matter? Should I be committed to placing my name on a “church roll”? If so, what should that commitment look like? What are the responsibilities that pastors have to their flocks, and don’t they have those same responsibilities to “everyone”?
In the 21st century, many pastors are afraid to ask for commitment from the local body. Committed church membership is an assault on the individualistic, self-centered ideas of our culture. The local church is predominantly viewed as simply a place to meet “my felt needs”; and when those felt needs are no longer met, it is appropriate and right for the believer to “move on”. But is that really the idea behind church membership?
On October 26 – 28, 2012, the Semper Reformanda conference will answer many of these questions as we address the idea of church membership from a Biblical standpoint. Featuring keynotes from Thabiti Anyabwile, Dr. Voddie Baucham, and Dr. Michael Horton, we will look at the history of church membership, church membership in its current form, and address why people need the local body.
Breakout sessions will include topics for pastors, other leaders in the local church, and families. Topics will include: What’s the Difference? Covenant Theology from a Baptist and Presbyterian Perspective; The Church: Why Bother?; Poverty, Charity, and the Church, and many more…