1. 7 Ways You Can Keep Christ in Christmas

    December 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    You’ve heard it (and maybe shared it): “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

    It’s a great thought…but do you do it?

    December can be such a busy month. Even busy with ministry. But sometimes in all the busyness of the season, we’re as guilty as the innkeeper of not making room for Jesus, even if our reasons are well intentioned.

    How can you, throughout the month of December, not only keep your head above water but actually make this month a season of worship? Here are seven suggestions: (more…)

  2. 7 Ways to Actually Decompress on Your Day Off

    November 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Have you ever gotten to the end of a “day off” and felt just as exhausted as you did at the beginning? Have you ever looked back over the day and wished for a do over?

    God so kindly designed our lives to function best with one day out of seven as a day of rest. Although “the Sabbath” is not a New Testament requirement, time for rest is something God created us with a need for.

    Many people, especially “Type A” leaders, struggle to take this time of rest to actually decompress mentally and emotionally and renew spiritually. (I know, because I am among those people.)

    Here are seven suggestions that may be helpful: (more…)

  3. 5 Practical Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but perhaps the greatest is that it helps us schedule a day to do what we should be doing every day of the year—give thanks.

    Thanksgiving, of course, is more than a holiday—it should be a verb. So how, practically speaking, can we make this a day when we actually give thanks? Here are five suggestions: (more…)

  4. 4 Areas I Expect Our Leadership Team to Build

    November 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    One of the things I look forward to when I hire staff is the opportunity to invest into their lives. Between praying for and pastoring their family, weekly staff meetings, and other times of training, I want to do all I can to help build them up in service and as spiritual leaders.

    At the same time, I don’t hire staff solely to invest in them. In fact, I hire them primarily to help me build the work of the ministry God has entrusted us with here at Lancaster Baptist Church.

    If you serve on a church staff, I would encourage you to appreciate and take advantage of any training or help your pastor provides. (And this, of course, includes his regular preaching.) But don’t see your staff position as just an opportunity for you and your family to be built up, but for you to help build.

    This post started with my notes from a recent staff training with our church leadership team as I challenged them to build in four specific areas. If you serve on a church staff, I’d encourage you to take these four areas to heart, especially as you plan for the upcoming year of ministry: (more…)

  5. 7 Ways a Pastor Can Lead a Church in Consistent Outreach

    November 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    When Terrie and I moved to Lancaster over thirty years ago, I began an eighteen-month season of intense personal outreach. Every week, I would knock on no less than five hundred doors personally with a church invitation and a purpose to share the gospel at the door.

    But my goal was not to personally evangelize the Antelope Valley. My goal was to lead Lancaster Baptist Church in reaching our community with the gospel.

    One of the ways we do this is through special outreach times, such as Christmas, Easter, and Open House Sunday. Our obedience to the Great Commission, however should be consistent year round.

    As a pastor, here are some of the ways I have endeavored to lead our church in consistent soulwinning and outreach. (more…)