1. Introducing “Continue”—a New Discipleship Resource

    May 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I am very excited to announce the release of an all-new discipleship curriculum, written here at Lancaster Baptist Church: Continue: a personal journey in biblical discipleship.

    This resource has been in progress for over two years and is the compilation of hundreds of hours of developing and beta testing.

    You can download a sample lesson, but I’d also like to give you an overview of what makes this curriculum uniquely suited to local church discipleship:

    Features

    As we developed this course, there were several big-picture details that were important to us: (more…)


  2. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Building the Builders

    May 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Those who serve as spiritual leaders have the joy of investing themselves in the spiritual growth of others. You prepare messages, lessons, and events, preach sermons, teach classes, and give of yourself in all the ways that contribute toward building others in spiritual growth.

    One of the blessings for a Christian leader at Spiritual Leadership Conference, however, is that you get to be on the receiving end.

    You get to hear preaching. You get to listen to the choir. You get to soak in moments of godly fellowship and sharpening lessons.

    The theme for Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15 is “I Will Build.” In addition to praying that the Lord will use this year’s conference to stir your heart to a renewed dedication in building the work of God, I’m praying that the Lord will also use it to encourage your heart—to build up the builders, using some of the same basic building blocks that you are often using in the lives of others: (more…)


  3. Biblical Goals for Local Church Discipleship

    May 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Do you have clear objectives for your discipleship program? If so, do you have a road map to accomplish these goals?

    Today I’m continuing the discipleship training at Striving Together Publications as we look at four biblical priorities for what should be included in a local church discipleship program. Watch the video there to join the discussion.

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  4. Why Discipleship?

    May 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Does organized discipleship in the local church matter? Does it make a difference?

    My answer is a resounding YES! And in this four-minute video, I explain why.

    Watch the video at Striving Together Publications to join the discussion on the benefits of a structured discipleship program:

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  5. 3 Traits of Leaders Who Build

    April 30, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    In every work of God, there comes a point when a leader must ask, “Am I content to move forward in maintenance mode, or will I continue to build?”

    In theory, this question sounds simple. Who wouldn’t want to continue building, especially when you are co-laboring with Christ in building that which He has promised to bless?

    In experience, however, this question can be challenging. The truth is, building is strenuous. Messy. Tiring. Problem-laden. It draws criticism and stretches you as a leader.

    Maintaining, on the other hand, while not necessarily easy, is more predictable. And it certainly is less demanding.

    But Christ has plainly stated His intent is—not simply to maintain—but to build: “… I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). And He invites us to build with Him: “For we are labourers together with God…” (1 Corinthians 3:9).

    So what does it take as spiritual leaders to move from maintaining to building? What kinds of leaders stay on the construction site, rather than simply occupying office space in the completed structure? (more…)