February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell
It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.
And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.
I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)
Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)
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September 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell
While en route to Israel for the Holy Land tour which we’re hosting, Terrie and I had a long layover in England where we got to visit several Baptist heritage sites. We also got to visit two Baptist missionary couples in London. It was a blessing to on one hand thank God for our heritage and on the other visit with people currently carrying the torch.
Our church has the privilege of supporting the Bunnells (pictured above center, with their two sons) who are planting churches in London. They are doing a great job winning souls and also helping to train Baptist leaders in Muslim countries.
It was good also to see Nick and Alicia Unger, West Coast Baptist College alumni (2011), who are serving alongside the Bunnells in London. (The Ungers are pictured above left with their daughter.) I’m thankful we were able to have a part in preparing them for Christ’s work in England. (more…)
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August 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell
One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.
All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.
This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)
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December 29, 2014 by Paul Chappell
In celebration of the twentieth year of West Coast Baptist College, I am planning to post a monthly interview with WCBC alumni who are serving around the world.
This month’s interview is with Pastor Paul Choi who graduated from WCBC in 2007. I had the privilege to preach Paul’s ordination service, and I’m delighted to see how the Lord is blessing him as he and his wife, Sera, have launched out by faith to plant a church.
Sera is also a graduate of WCBC (2006). The Lord has blessed Paul and Sera with two beautiful children, Noah and Natalie. Pray for the Choi family as they labor to establish a church in a large metropolitan city here in Southern California.
In what ministry and role do you currently serve?
I am the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Eastvale, California.
What is a way in which you have seen God’s blessing in ministry over the past twelve months?
Earlier this year, our family launched out by faith on deputation to raise support in planting Hillcrest Baptist Church. To be honest, we didn’t know too many pastors and we didn’t have much in our bank account due to some personal circumstances we had just gone through. However, over the course of eight months, God stretched our faith as He miraculously provided for our needs through the generosity of loving pastors and church families. By the end of our deputation, the Lord allowed us to start the church at full support. (more…)
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November 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell
We hear much these days from politicians regarding the size and lifespan of the Baby Boomer (my) generation.
Consider these facts:
- Until recently, the Boomers were the largest generation in the United States, with the succeeding Generation X being smaller. (The Millennial generation has recently exceeded the Boomers.)
- Add to this the greatly expanded life expectancies of the Boomers compared to preceding generations, and the concerns—from an economic angle—involve retirement, workforce replacements, and social security deficits.
But economics and politics aside, I believe there is an even greater reason these size demographics should be considered.
That reason is the harvest fields.
Not only do we have the usual shortage of laborers because of the overwhelmingly needy fields in front of us (7.2 billion people with teeming metropolitan cities void of independent Baptist churches), but we have an impending shortage of laborers because of an aging generation of current laborers with a smaller generation coming behind them.
What does all this mean? (more…)
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