1. 7 Truths I Shared with Future Pastors Last Week

    November 2, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I meet once or twice each year with the senior men of West Coast Baptist College to discuss ministry philosophy and personal growth. As we met last week, I was encouraged by their sense of anticipation and eagerness for getting into the ministry.

    These are exciting days to serve the Lord. While it’s true that the ministry landscape is very different from when I first entered the ministry, it’s also true that there have never been more opportunities or a greater need for gospel-preaching churches. I’m excited to see another group of preachers graduate and am thankful for their sense of urgency to serve Christ in a meaningful way.

    Along those lines, I shared seven truths with them are needful for all of us, but are perhaps especially pertinent to younger men: (more…)

  2. 10 Common Questions Younger Pastors Ask

    December 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    One of the joys of ministry is striving together with others for the faith of the gospel.

    I’m thankful that I get to work and enjoy fellowship with pastors of all ages. Here at West Coast Baptist College, I have the privilege to invest in young men preparing for the ministry, and as I’m in conferences and meetings around the country, I am able to preach and fellowship with men who are seasoned, just getting started, and everywhere in between.

    Because I talk with so many pastors over the course of a year, there are certain questions I’m asked more often, particularly by younger pastors. I really love the dialog with these pastors, and I appreciate their spirit to learn and their commitment to serve the Lord with a biblical philosophy. (more…)

  3. Thankful for My Baptist Heritage

    September 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    En route to Israel for our Holy Land Tour beginning this week, Terrie and I were able to meet part of our group, get our bodies adjusted to the time difference, and visit a few Baptist history sites during a layover in England.

    I’m so thankful for my Baptist heritage and was reminded at each of these sites how rich it is. Psalm 44:1 says, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.” As I visited many of the locations where Baptist leaders of past generations preached and sacrificed for the faith, I thanked God for the message which “our fathers have told us”—that Scripture alone is our authority for faith and practice, that the gospel is worth giving everything (including life) for, and that God rewards faith in Him.

    I’d like to share with you pictures from a few of the places we visited in England.

    Below is a picture of the remains from the earliest Baptist church in Wales—located in Ilston and established in 1649.


    The church was founded by and pastored for several years by John Myles, as seen in the plaque below. (more…)

  4. When Baptist Is a Name But No Longer a Reality

    May 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Open Bible

    This Sunday morning, I’ll stand in front of several dozen adults—all who are newer to Lancaster Baptist Church and most of which are new Christians as well—and teach week two of “Starting Point,” a three-week class I teach several times a year.

    On the second week of each Starting Point class, I teach on the Baptist distinctives—the doctrines that, as a whole, set Baptists apart from any other denomination. I’ll use an acrostic as an outline to teach these scriptural beliefs:

    • Biblical Authority in all matters of faith and practice
    • Autonomy or self governing power of the local church
    • Priesthood of believers
    • Two offices within the church—pastor and deacon
    • Individual soul liberty
    • Separation of church and state
    • Two ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Table
    • Separation and personal holiness

    As a Baptist pastor of a Baptist church, I believe that each of these distinctives are not only biblical, but they are vital. They are doctrinal. And doctrine matters. (more…)

  5. Timeless Traits of Effective Ministry: 10 Reasons I’m Grateful for My Independent Baptist Heritage

    April 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    I had the privilege to be saved and raised in independent Baptist churches. Having now served as the pastor of an unaffiliated Bible-based Baptist church for twenty-eight years, I’m deeply grateful for my heritage.

    Why? Because even though other groups do good works, the autonomous Baptists have generally believed in and practiced the ten traits below which are clearly emphasized in Scripture and are timeless in their effectiveness in local church ministry.

    1. Compassion for souls

    Independent Baptists believe in a real Heaven and Hell, and they believe the Great Commission is Christ’s primary command for the local church today. Independent Baptist churches have had a fervor for soulwinning for many years. This fervor is evidenced by sustained, organized soulwinning outreach with a definitive strategy to reach their communities with the gospel.

    I’m thankful for the compassion for souls many of my early mentors modeled as they regularly, faithfully, and fervently shared the gospel in personal encounters and scheduled times of soulwinning. My wife, Terrie, was reached with the gospel by a compassionate bus worker who brought her to church. Compassionate, confrontational soulwinning is all but lost in much of Christendom, but it is needed now more than ever. (more…)