1. Ephesians 3:20 for Church Planters

    August 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

     

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    One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.

    All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.

    This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)


  2. 5 Goals of Effective Staff Training

    August 25, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Near the end of each summer, our staff pulls away from daily responsibilities for two days of training—usually at an off campus location. I greatly look forward to this time and spend many hours preparing for it. Although we have staff meeting each week, this annual staff orientation is a time when we pause, evaluate, adjust, and move forward as a team with renewed focus and momentum.

    If you are a pastor, I highly recommend planning something similar with your staff. I look forward to sharing the burden God has placed on my heart for our church and ministries, and I know our staff appreciates the time to zero in on catching that vision and planning how to incorporate it in their specific areas of ministry.

    Our staff orientation this year began yesterday. As we are engaged in this time of equipping and training, here are five specific goals I’m praying to see accomplished among our staff: (more…)


  3. Overcoming the Natural Drift toward Apathy

    August 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    In the previous post I pointed out seven symptoms of one of the most dangerous spiritual diseases—apathy.

    A diagnose without a cure, however, is unhelpful.

    The direct counsel Christ Himself gave to the church at Laodicea was to humble themselves in repentance and recognize their need for Christ:

    Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.—Revelation 3:17–19

    How can you as a pastor lead a church in applying this counsel to the areas where apathy is beginning to manifest itself?

    The first step is to recognize the need. The second is to humbly cry out to God—for direction as you lead and for His conviction in those you lead.

    From there, here are some practical applications to help combat the natural drift toward apathy that every Christian and church battles. Each of these relates to the symptoms mentioned in the previous post. (more…)


  4. 7 Early Symptoms of Spiritual Apathy

    August 17, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    “The nice thing about apathy is you don’t have to exert yourself to show you’re sincere about it.”—Anonymous

    The bad thing about apathy, however—at least, spiritual apathy—is everything.

    There are few things a pastor or spiritual leader fears more than apathy. (And if we’re wise, we fear it creeping into our own hearts as much as we fear it undermining the spiritual growth of those we lead.)

    How do we recognize and diagnose apathy before it’s too late? Below are seven symptoms of spiritual apathy in the local church: (more…)


  5. Becoming a Team-Building Leader

    August 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    God has not only called us to build with Him. He has called us to build with one another as well.

    We’re “labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and are called to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

    This type of cohesiveness on a team requires a leader who intentionally builds others and builds the team.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, I taught a general session on becoming a team-building leader. We looked at how to build teams for ministry as well as what types of leaders build people and cohesive teams. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.


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    Download mp3 audio | Download session notes

    In this session, you’ll learn: (more…)