1. 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach

    April 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    soulwinning meeting

    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…)

  2. A Call to Action

    March 28, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Besides the looming presidential election, there are two key issues presently facing our country—both of which are issues in which you can make a difference.

    Of course, the most important actions Bible-believing Christians can take are to pray and to witness. These are the direct commands God has given Christians who live in any country and in every era of history.

    American Christians, however, live in a nation where we elect representative leadership. Our phone calls, emails, and letters reach our leaders. We have a voice. And I want to encourage you to use yours today in two ways: (more…)

  3. Because It Is Finished…

    March 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Can there be any more startling—or liberating—words in the entire chronicle of human history than those spoken by Christ on the cross just before He died?

    When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.—John 19:30

    It is finished.

    Paid in full.

    What does it mean? More than we can comprehend, let alone write. But this much we can say.

    Because it is finished… (more…)

  4. My Prayer for Spiritual Leadership Conference

    March 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    By now, preparations for Spiritual Leadership Conference in June are underway at a weekly—even daily—level.

    But even as we prepare the conference details and logistics, I’m asking the Lord to work in this conference this year in three very specific ways:

    Repentance resulting in humility

    As preachers, we’re often urging others to repent. We deliver God’s Word and ask people to respond by humbling themselves and receiving God’s grace.

    But if we’re not regular repenters ourselves, we become proud. And when we’re proud, God resists us. (more…)

  5. From Idea to Reality in 6 Steps

    March 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Most of us have more ideas than time. That’s a good problem. It’s better than more time than ideas, for sure.

    The danger, however, is that we develop a tendency to also have more half-started projects than we have involvement. Once we’re convinced that an idea is something God has laid on our hearts—whether that be a new ministry, building, activity or event, project, or program—how do we act on it to bring it to completion?

    One of the best books in the Bible to study regarding project completion is Nehemiah. Throughout this book, we see six steps a spiritual leader will take to move an idea to a reality. (more…)