1. 10 Christmas Gifts Every Pastor Wants from His Staff

    December 18, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As a pastor, I appreciate every gift or expression of love from those who serve with me on staff. I’m blessed to serve with the world’s greatest staff, and I thank the Lord for them every day.

    Recently, I began thinking of the intangible gifts that staff members give to me on a regular basis, and I came up with a list of ten. (I’m sure there are many times more.)

    So…if you serve on a church staff and have been wondering what you can give your pastor for Christmas, here you go: (more…)


  2. Growth Points 59: Five Areas to Prepare for a Successful New Year

    December 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    The early chapters of Nehemiah reveal a burdened man who wanted to be used of God. Nehemiah prayed and fasted, and he saw God open incredible doors. But he didn’t stop there. Before Nehemiah even set foot in Jerusalem with permission to rebuild the walls, he made preparations for the work.

    Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;—Nehemiah 2:7

    Nehemiah prepared for the time and work beyond the immediate moment in which he was living. He had supply lines already in place for the work God called him to do.

    I believe that we, too, need to plan and prepare ahead for the work God places on our hearts. And one of the best times to do that is just before the New Year. Before January 1 even comes, it helps if we already know where we’re headed and how we’re going to get there.

    In this Growth Points video, I share five simple areas to prepare for a fantastic New Year:


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

    The Stewarding Life Planner I mention about halfway through this video is available from Striving Together Publications here.

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  3. Thoughts on Presenting the Gospel Gift this Christmas

    December 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the blessings of the Christmas season is people’s openness to talk about Jesus. In my experience, it’s one of the best times of the year in terms of tender hearts and responsiveness to gospel invitations in the community.

    Each year, our church choir and orchestra present a Christmas musical production to which we invite our community. It requires thousands of hours of volunteer labor, but it’s beyond worth it. At the musical, I always preach the gospel and invite guests to receive Christ as their Saviour—to receive the gift of salvation.

    This year, our musical is actually titled “The Gift.” As I reflected on this title, it reminded me of three things: (more…)


  4. Advice from Dr. Lee Roberson

    December 3, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In the early 1990s, I was a twenty-something-year-old pastor with a ton of questions.

    Our church was beginning to average near a thousand on Sundays, and I was invited to preach a tent revival in Fremont, California, with Dr. Lee Roberson.

    I was excited to get answers from an eighty-year-old veteran of the faith who had seen 60,000 people baptized in his forty years of pastoring the Highland Park Baptist Church.

    As I traveled to and from the airport with Dr. Roberson, I brought with me a yellow pad with a long list of questions for him.

    One of my first questions to Dr. Roberson was, “How did you stay in one place for forty years?” I’ll never forget his two-part answer: (more…)


  5. Discerning True Concern

    November 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The Lord has given me the privilege of having dear friends in ministry—friends who love me and my family, challenge me in my spiritual growth, rejoice with me in God’s blessings, and hold me accountable in my personal life.

    Often in my life, and perhaps in yours as well, there will be those who express a desire to counsel me or share a concern with me. In these days of many voices and opinions, it is important to know who to hear and who to filter out.

    I’ve discovered these seven ways to be an accurate discerner of those who have had genuine concern in my life: (more…)