1. 5 Consequences of a Critical Spirit

    March 26, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Anyone who attempts anything for God will be criticized. Although untrue criticism is hurtful and discouraging, it goes with the territory of leadership.

    Worse than being criticized, however, is developing a critical spirit. We’re called to be discerning (Philippians 1:10) and to prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and that requires a measure of critical thinking skills. And yet, even that is different than a critical spirit.

    A few weeks ago, my wife, Terrie, and I had lunch together after her weekly ladies Bible study. As she shared with me the lesson she had taught on that morning regarding a critical spirit, I asked her to write it as a guest blog post. (She posted it to her blog too, which I recommend you follow if you don’t already.)

    So here it is—a guest post by my very favorite person about one of the most needful aspects of the Christian life and Christian leadership—avoiding a critical spirit.

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    I enjoy cooking, finding recipes, and sharing new meals with my family and guests who visit our home. Because of my love for cooking, I get especially excited when I have the opportunity to visit a restaurant that I have read about or seen advertised. And, if I happen to have the chance to eat at one of these restaurants, I always look to see what the critics have said about the food, décor, and overall dining experience.

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  2. 4 Ways Spiritual Leaders Build God’s People

    March 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    You’ve heard it said: “Use the church to build people, not people to build the church.”

    Of course, building people and building a church are not mutually exclusive. Both require partnering with Christ, the Master Builder, as He builds His church and His people.

    In fact, it is as we build people that they develop the spiritual maturity to also serve as co-laborers with Christ, building His church. Developing this maturity is the job of spiritual leaders in the local church:

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:—Ephesians 4:11–12

    But how? How specifically can we intentionally invest in people? In what ways do we need to build? (more…)


  3. Growth Points 63: Nine Characteristics to Look for in Emerging Leaders

    March 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s leaders. So how do we develop them for local church ministry, and what qualities do we watch for? Furthermore, what traits do we look for in adults who will be serving in a leadership role in the local church?

    In this Growth Points video, I suggest nine characteristics that should be developing in those whom God is developing for local church leadership. These nine characteristics are traits to both watch for and to mentor toward:


    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)

    Make sure you get all future Growth Points videos by subscribing to the Spiritual Leadership Podcast.


  4. WCBC Graduate Interview: Andrew and Amy Wolfenbarger

    February 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am posting interviews with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.

    This month’s interview is with Andrew and Amy Wolfenbarger, who graduated from WCBC in 2011, married shortly after graduation, and began serving in ministry together.

    Andrew and Amy both exhibited a heart for ministry and servant leadership during their college years, and it is a joy to see the Lord’s hand of blessing on them in ministry.

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    In what ministry and role do you currently serve?

    My wife and I are currently serving at Joshua Baptist Church in Joshua, Texas. About a year and a half ago, the church voted me in as the co-pastor, and I serve alongside my father in the preaching and counseling ministry of the church. My wife is serving part time as the financial secretary’s assistant and part time teaching several classes at our Christian school, Joshua Christian Academy. (more…)


  5. 7 Practical Ways to Strengthen Your Hands for the Work

    February 17, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    What spiritual leader hasn’t drawn encouragement from Nehemiah 2:18?

    Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.—Nehemiah 2:18

    But for that encouragement to be more than an emotional boost, we need specific ways to put it into practice.

    Just how does a person strengthen their hands?

    There are many possibilities, but here are seven starters: (more…)