1. Becoming a Team-Building Leader

    August 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    God has not only called us to build with Him. He has called us to build with one another as well.

    We’re “labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and are called to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

    This type of cohesiveness on a team requires a leader who intentionally builds others and builds the team.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, I taught a general session on becoming a team-building leader. We looked at how to build teams for ministry as well as what types of leaders build people and cohesive teams. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.

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  2. Building Lives in the Local Church

    August 10, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    As local church leaders, it is imperative that we keep God—not numeric growth—as our primary goal.

    When it comes to the local church, Jesus is the Builder; the church is His habitation; and we are His co-laborers, called to labor in winning souls and building lives.

    We’re instructed, though, “But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon” (1 Corinthians 3:10). At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, I taught a general session from this verse on building lives in the local church. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.

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  3. 5 Kinds of Critics, part 2

    August 6, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    This is part 2 of a guest post by Dr. R.B. Ouellette. In part one he described complaining critics, casual critics, and crazy critics and listed helpful responses for each. In this post, we pick up with the final two types of critics:

    Career Critics

    Ralph Nader exemplifies this type of critic. Nader wrote a book critical of the Corvair titled Unsafe at Any Speed. While I have never owned a Corvair, I have ridden in them on several occasions with no negative effect.

    Nader went on to make a career out of criticizing. He criticized business, politics, and products that businesses produced. But so far as I know, Ralph Nader never produced anything himself. He never contributed to the economy in any substantial form. Nader never brought a new product on the market that made the lives of American citizens better or easier. He spent his life attacking those who were doing something rather than accomplishing something himself.

    Long before I went into the ministry, I became aware of career critics. Their sermons were more concerned with pointing out the faults of others than they were with helping people know how to live for God. Any publications they had were filled with the errors and flaws of other of God’s servants and contained little to encourage people in actually winning and discipling souls. Some of these career critics spend time investigating websites, examining bookstores, and combing sermons in order to “find fault.”

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  4. 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…)

  5. 6 Ways a Church Grows Together

    July 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    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…)