1. Ephesians 3:20 for Church Planters

    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…)

  2. WCBC Graduate Interview: Paul Choi

    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…)

  3. Why We Must Pray for Laborers

    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…)

  4. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Monday Update and Tuesday Preview

    June 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    It’s hard to believe that we’re just beginning the second day of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Yesterday was full and blessed, and I’m looking forward to another full day today.

    Yesterday afternoon, we began the conference with our annual church planter’s luncheon. This time with church planters is always a highlight to me. As men around the room introduced themselves and told the cities where they are planting churches—from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast and a few foreign countries—it was a joy to see that God is still stirring men’s hearts for needy cities around the world.

    In yesterday evening’s service, we recognized the church planters again—some which did not arrive in time for the afternoon luncheon. Once again, it was a joy to see so many willing to step out in faith to plant churches. We need more church planters, and I want to do everything I can to encourage those willing to go.

    The evening’s theme was “Renewed in Our Soulwinning,” and our media department put together a video with testimonies of those saved recently through the soulwinning ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church. Many of those recently saved and discipled in our church then came on the platform as testimony to the fact that the gospel still works! In every city around the world, there are still people hungry for the truth of the gospel. We need renewed soulwinners who will be faithful witnesses of Christ’s salvation. (more…)

  5. Renewal at the Starting Line

    May 31, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    We sometimes think of renewal as a shot in the arm we need in the last stages of our race—when we’re weary, worn, and battle-scared. Biblically, however, renewal is something we need every day and at every stage of the journey. (“The inward man is renewed day by day,” 2 Corinthians 4:16.)

    This is one of the reasons we host an annual Church Planters Luncheon* on the Monday afternoon of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Each year, this free luncheon is designed to encourage and equip church planters and their spouses at the starting line. Of course, not all of the church planters who attend are new to ministry—some are veteran church planters beginning a second, third, or eighth church plant. In any case, we pray that this luncheon will be a refreshing time of spiritual renewal and fellowship.

    At the luncheon, we ask an experienced church planter (this year my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell) to share a challenge. This year, we are also including a question and answer panel with experienced church planters. (more…)