April 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Last night was a highlight for Terrie and me and our church family as we had the ordination service for our youngest son, Matthew.
I remember almost fifteen years ago, as I prayed through a stack of decision cards from teens at our youth conference who had surrendered to full-time gospel ministry and came a name that brought great joy: Matthew Chappell.
I look back over the years since then, and I know that where Matt is today is the fruit of so many investments. It’s the fruit of every Sunday school teacher, Christian school teacher, youth worker, West Coast Baptist College faculty and staff, and the Lancaster Baptist Church deacons and church family who have loved our family and encouraged our children.
After high school, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College where he met his wife, Katie. For the past five years, Matt and Katie have served with my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell, in Oceanside, California.
As my brother attested to last night, Matt has been diligent in his calling, and the hand of God and fruit of ministry is evident in his life. Matt and Katie have led dozens of teens to Christ through public high school ministry. They’ve established Bible clubs in area high schools. They’ve developed a youth ministry at Coastline Baptist and invested in teens to nurture their walk with God. (more…)
Category: Family, Ministry Leadership, Ministry News
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April 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell
We invite guests to church precisely because we care. We care that they hear the gospel or grow as a Christian. We care that God works in their lives through the preaching of His Word and that they are ministered to through the body of Christ.
But knowing we care and showing we care are two different matters. How can you help every guest who walks onto your church campus sense your care for them?
Here are seven ideas: (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Ministry Leadership
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April 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell
If you’ve served the Lord any length of time, you know that the outward expressions of service don’t guarantee a consistent heart for the Lord.
The same is true of serving on a church staff. Being in the ministry is not a guarantee that you will be strong as a Christian or that you will be diligent in the spiritual disciplines of following God and serving His people. In fact, in some ways, serving in an official ministry position (paid or volunteer) makes you more of a target for Satan’s attacks. For if you fall, you’re influencing others.
So how do you avoid being a casualty in ministry? How do you avoid washing out along the way? Here are eight ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls: (more…)
Category: Christian Life, Ministry Leadership
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April 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell
There are some books that you read, finish, and move on. And then there are books that you read and feel profoundly thankful were written. For me, Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World by Edgar Feghaly is in the second category.
This newly-released autobiography is riveting. If you think biographies are less than engaging, you haven’t read this book. From preaching the gospel under sniper fire to sheltering refugees in the center of war to witnessing and seeing dramatic conversions of Muslim men and women, this book will hold your attention.
But it’s more than a page turner. Forward in the Face of Fear impacts on a deeper level than simply entertainment. This book will… (more…)
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April 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Special days, such as Easter Sunday, are a great time for extensive soulwinning in your community.
But sharing the gospel is not just a once-or-twice-a-year responsibility for the local church. It is to be our great priority. It is the mission with which Christ left us.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20
If your church is going to be consistently focused in soulwinning, thorough in saturating your community with the gospel, and diligent in follow up, you will need a soulwinning director—someone to coordinate the soulwinning efforts of the church family.
This may be a paid staff member or a layperson. It may even be, as it was for our church in the early years, the pastor.
How can a soulwinning director effectively engage the church family in outreach? Below are seven practices: (more…)
Category: Ministry Leadership
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