1. 5 Kinds of Critics

    August 3, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Growing leaders who desire to finish strong in the work of the Lord must develop a filter through which they receive criticism.

    To disregard all criticism is prideful and insolates you from help you need. But to try to act on all criticism reveals another type of pride—the fear of man, not to mention that it will drive you crazy.

    So, how should you deal with criticism? When I receive criticism, there are three thoughts I try to bear in mind.

    1. I remember that without God’s grace, I am nothing. This helps keep me from feeling defensive against criticism that could help me grow.
    2. I remember that people do indeed sometimes have misperceptions. Some of the people who have written the most about our ministry have never taken the time to come see us firsthand or to ask clarifying questions. Often their perceptions have simply been false.
    3. I am always glad to talk if someone directly approaches me about his concerns. Over the years, these kinds of personal conversations have been mutually beneficial and have sometimes forged great relationships.

    Recently my friend, Dr. R. B. Ouellette, put much of this in perspective in writing the guest post below. He notes five types of critics as well as how to deal with each.

    Dr. Ouellette has pastored the same church (First Baptist Church of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Michigan) for forty years. Needless to say, he’s dealt with a few critics over the years. I found the thoughts below very helpful and trust that you will as well.

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    Anyone who does anything will be criticized. B. R. Lakin used to say, “The way to avoid criticism is to have nothing, be nothing, and do nothing.” Dr. Hutson said that when he was speaking to Dr. Lakin about the criticism his church was receiving, Lakin said, “Well, as long as they’re kicking you in the rear, you know you’re still out in front.”

    The book of Proverbs gives us two apparently contradictory verses: (more…)


  2. 6 Ways a Church Grows Together

    July 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    When I think about the early history of Lancaster Baptist Church, I’m in awe at Christ’s power to build His church. In our case, He took a tiny struggling congregation and has built it into a center of soulwinning, outreach, and transformation. And I believe we’ve just begun to see what God can do!

    But how does that happen? Not just at Lancaster Baptist, but in churches around the world? How does a church not only stay intact, but grow so they are maturing in the Lord together?

    Actually, the necessary building blocks are basic. Here are six simple and practical—but needed—ways a body of believers grows together: (more…)


  3. 7 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Love the Ministry

    July 27, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Two of the questions that I’m often asked is how a spiritual leader can keep his family a priority in the ministry and how we can encourage our children so they don’t feel resentful toward the ministry.

    By God’s grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are serving in full time, local church ministry. Terrie and I praise the Lord for that, and we know it is due to God’s grace in their lives.

    There were a few intentional actions on our part that I believe were helpful in our family life during the years that our children were in our home. (more…)


  4. 60 Years of Serving

    July 23, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’ve had the privilege to know Dr. Don Sisk, you are blessed.

    In fact, one reason I’m so excited about his recently-published biography, Where Only God Could Lead, is that it shares the story of Dr. Sisk’s life for anyone. (In a moment, I’ll tell you how you can get a free copy, signed by Dr. Sisk.) (more…)


  5. Growth Points 66: A Biblical Response to Changes in Our Culture, Part 2

    July 20, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Most of us recognize a general culture shift against Bible-believing Christianity in America, making Christians who believe and practice the Bible a minority.

    How do we respond to these changes in our culture? In the previous Growth Points video, I highlighted three biblical truths:

    1. Never be be ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
    2. Love and forgive those who oppose Christ.
    3. Hold to the truth.

    In this video, I share five more specific ways for Bible-believing Christians to rightly respond to a changing culture:


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