1. Why We Must Pray for Laborers

    November 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  2. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Monday Update and Tuesday Preview

    June 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  3. Renewal at the Starting Line

    May 31, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  4. 7 Reasons You Need to Register Today for Renew Spiritual Leadership Conference

    April 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    The 2014 Spiritual Leadership Conference is fast approaching—it’s now less than nine weeks away.

    If you have not yet registered for the conference, I would encourage you to do so today. Here are seven reasons I believe you need to register—the first two of which are why you need to register today:

    7. Free book

    When you register before April 15, you receive a gift copy of my newest book, Out of Commission. This book (which is actually at press now) deals with how we often struggle in our soulwinning, and it provides practical teaching on how to return to our Lord’s Great Commission. Register today, and get your copy free! (more…)


  5. Ministry Moment: Ordination of WCBC Korean Graduates

    October 10, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    Thirty-five years ago, my parents went to South Korea as missionaries. I was a young teenager at the time, and this was a difficult transition for me. I missed America, and I wasn’t excited about living in Korea.

    As time unfolded, however, this move proved to be one of the greatest blessings of my life. In Korea, I surrendered my heart more fully to the Lord, and God confirmed His call on my life to serve in ministry. Additionally, lifelong friendships were forged that continue to this day. God gave me a love for Korean people and a broader perspective of the harvest fields of the world.

    It has been a joy for us to train a large number of Korean students at West Coast Baptist College. Last week, three of our finest graduates—Jonah Seo, Jimmy Pak, and Paul Choi—were ordained at Bible Baptist Church in Gardena, California. I was honored and delighted to be invited by Pastor Timothy Choi to preach their ordination service.

    All three of these men have the hand of God on their lives and are already seeing fruit in ministry as soulwinners and preachers of the gospel. Jonah Seo is already pastoring, Jimmy Pak serves as an assistant pastor at Bible Baptist, and Paul Choi serves as youth pastor now while preparing to plant a church in Irvine, California, next year. (more…)