1. 7 Ways to Ruin Momentum on a Local Church Staff Team

    January 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    One of the blessings of a new year is the sense of renewed energy and momentum that often comes with it. Many of us have recently set new goals or reset old ones and are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities of being used by God in the coming year.

    Yet, even as we gain momentum, Satan works to ruin it. And we can easily aid in that process if we don’t guard our hearts, serve as team players, and remain committed to serve.

    Here are some of the common ways a pastor or staff member can unintentionally ruin momentum on a church staff team: (more…)

  2. For Laborers in Asian Harvest Fields…

    January 7, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I’ll never forget my first missions trip to the Philippines in 1975. I remember going up into the mountains to village churches—and to villages with no churches. I remember the extreme poverty. But more than the physical poverty, I remember being taken aback by the immense spiritual need, open hearts, and need for gospel work.

    Today, the need for laborers across Asia is still great. Considering the population to missionary ratio, it’s a greater need than it’s ever been.

    Yet, we’re encouraged that over the past decades the Lord has called many missionaries to serve across Asia who are investing their lives in planting churches and training national pastors.

    Additionally, the Lord has raised up many national laborers across Asia who are preaching the gospel as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. (Today, the Philippines is one of the highest missionary-sending nations in the world.)

    It is for these missionaries and national pastors that we have planned Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia to be held in Manila, February 1–3, 2016. Already, the response has been overwhelming with missionaries and national pastors coming from over fifteen countries. With just the people already registered, this conference will be a historic event—the largest gathering of independent Baptists in Asia of which I am aware. (more…)

  3. Spiritual Leadership—The Choice Is Yours

    January 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    There are many styles of leadership—some biblical and some unbiblical. But there is no question that the world needs spiritual leaders today as never before—men and women of God who are Spirit-filled and reaching the world with the gospel.

    We’re asking the Lord to use these three conferences in 2016 to encourage, equip, and edify the hearts of leaders around the world. Please pray for us as we prepare for these needful meetings.

    January 17-20, 2016 | Spanish Leadership Conference, Lancaster, California
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    Paul Chappell Carlos Navarrete Alejandro Cordova David Cortes Ezekiel Salazar


    February 1-3, 2016 | Spiritual Leadership Conference, Asia, Manila, Philippines
    Paull Chappell Tom Farrell Rick Martin David Gibbs Jr. Don Sisk R.B. Ouellette


    June 12-15, 2016 | Spiritual Leadership Conference, Lancaster, California
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    Paul Chappell John Goetsch R.B. Ouellette Doug Fisher Kurt Skelly David Gibbs, Jr.

  4. 7 Priorities for a New Year

    December 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    A new year is a fresh start. And a fresh start is a great time to reset your priorities.

    What’s really important? And what’s just preferred?

    I would suggest seven areas of importance that you would consider and work into your routines in this coming year: (more…)

  5. Do You Have a Vision or a To Do List? (Repost)

    December 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    We’re less than a week out from our annual church vision night, when I share with our church family opportunities to serve the Lord as a church in the coming year. It’s always an exciting time as I attempt to cast vision for what God has placed on my heart and we dream together as a church family.

    We need biblical vision—in our lives, our churches, and any sphere of influence God has given to us. Proverbs 29:18 warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

    But as you prepare to cast vision, remember that biblical vision isn’t simply listing what you want to do. That is a list of goals. If our vision is not drawn from God’s Word and embraced by faith, it’s not a vision at all; it is simply a to do list.

    How can you tell the difference between a biblical vision and a to do list? (more…)