1. 10 Gifts Your Teens Need

    April 4, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We’ve been privileged this week to host hundreds of teenagers for the West Coast Baptist Youth Conference. It has been a joy to see their responsiveness to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.

    Teenagers are a delightful challenge—even to themselves! The teenage years can be full of fun and yet puzzling and frustrating all at the same time. There’s so much growth, change, and transition taking place in this move from childhood to adulthood.

    Sometimes it’s a challenge to parents to know how to respond and what hat to wear at any given moment. Parenting or leading teens is weighty business. These young lives are sensitive and moldable, but they are also easily frustrated and sometimes reactionary.

    Below are ten helps your teenager needs you to give during these teen years. I write primarily to parents here, but this list is applicable to pastors, youth pastors, teachers, and coaches as well.

    These helps will make a difference in a teenager’s life. (more…)


  2. Growth Points 49: Five Steps toward Great Victory in Ministry

    April 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Leading in ministry in any way—whether it be teaching a Sunday school class, leading a bus route, serving in missions, or pastoring—has many challenges, There are always ups and downs along the journey.

    But through it all—excitement, trials, or testing—God can give great spiritual victories. In fact, He did this for our church this Sunday as our church family gave with hearts of faith in a great way towards a new building on our campus.

    In this Growth Points video—recorded the day before our special offering—I share five steps that contribute toward great victories in ministry:


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  3. Why I Preach about Finances

    March 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As a new pastor, I had one very good reason to preach about finances—the church had no money!

    But I had an even more compelling reason not to preach about finances: I didn’t want to offend our few members!

    Pastors probably know the jokes and one-liners about preachers who only preach about money and churches who are always wanting more money better than anybody. No pastor in his right mind is eager to stir the discomfort of the church family and risk hard feelings.

    So, in my early years of ministry, I was hesitant to preach about tithing and giving. I preached passionately about seeking the Lord, being filled with the Spirit, growing in the Christian life, witnessing for Christ…but I hated to preach about giving.

    I’m long past that fear.

    Now, I consider it a sin of omission to not preach about giving. (more…)


  4. 20 Lessons from Megachurch Life

    March 21, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    This year marks my twentieth year to pastor what researchers call a megachurch—a church averaging over two thousand people in weekly attendance.

    Statistics on pastoral tenure in churches suggest that for a pastor to remain twenty-eight years in the ministry, let alone in one church, is unusual—especially when twenty of those years are overflowing with the needs of a large congregation.

    As I recently realized that this is my twentieth year to pastor a “megachurch,” I jotted down twenty lessons God has taught (and still is teaching me) through these years.

    So many of these lessons were learned through painful experience. Most of them I did not (and could not) learn in Bible college. Many of them would have been easier had older pastors shared them with me in advance.

    Each of these lessons end in the word anyway. Why? Because serving and leading people by faith is always an uphill, seemingly contradictory battle. Evidence and experience suggest it’s time to let up, to give in, or to wash out. But faith presses forward…anyway!

    So here they are—in no particular order—twenty lessons from megachurch life: (more…)


  5. 4 Earmarks of Selfish Financial Planning

    March 20, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Many Christian financial consultants wisely counsel people to budget and save for predictable large purchases rather than be caught unprepared and go into debt.

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.—Proverbs 6:6–8

    Indeed, Scripture teaches us to be wise in our financial planning.

    Yet, one of the strongest rebukes in the Bible was actually spoken by God to a man who would appear to be wisely planning for the future. (more…)