9Marks at Southeastern
a conference about the church, for the church

2017 Conference



The theme, or mark of a healthy church, for the 2017 conference is Leadership.

The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders. 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.

God gifts churches with elders to feed God’s sheep God’s word, guide the sheep, and protect the sheep from attackers, while protecting both themselves and the church through the wisdom of their plurality.

The bottom line? Biblical church leadership is important because without it, God’s people are like sheep without shepherds.

View previous marks of a healthy church.


Danny Akin

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC


Thabiti Anyabwile

Anacostia River Church
Washington, D.C.


H.B. Charles, Jr.

Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church
Jacksonville, FL


Jeramie Rinne

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Community Church
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mark Dever

Senior Pastor
Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Washington, D.C.


Burk Parsons

Saint Andrew’s Chapel
Sanford, FL



8:00-10:00 AM Registration
10:00-11:30 AM Session 1
11:30- 12:00 PM Panel Discussion
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:30 PM Session 2
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:30 PM Session 3
5:30-7:30 PM Dinner Break
7:30-8:45 PM Session 4
8:45-9:30 PM Panel Discussion

*Schedule is subject to change.


9:00-10:00 AM Session 5
10:15- 11:15 AM Panel Discussion
11:15-12:30 PM Session 6


Binkley Chapel
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

120 S. Wingate Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587