1. 4 Areas I Expect Our Leadership Team to Build

    November 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the things I look forward to when I hire staff is the opportunity to invest into their lives. Between praying for and pastoring their family, weekly staff meetings, and other times of training, I want to do all I can to help build them up in service and as spiritual leaders.

    At the same time, I don’t hire staff solely to invest in them. In fact, I hire them primarily to help me build the work of the ministry God has entrusted us with here at Lancaster Baptist Church.

    If you serve on a church staff, I would encourage you to appreciate and take advantage of any training or help your pastor provides. (And this, of course, includes his regular preaching.) But don’t see your staff position as just an opportunity for you and your family to be built up, but for you to help build.

    This post started with my notes from a recent staff training with our church leadership team as I challenged them to build in four specific areas. If you serve on a church staff, I’d encourage you to take these four areas to heart, especially as you plan for the upcoming year of ministry: (more…)


  2. 7 Ways a Pastor Can Lead a Church in Consistent Outreach

    November 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    When Terrie and I moved to Lancaster over thirty years ago, I began an eighteen-month season of intense personal outreach. Every week, I would knock on no less than five hundred doors personally with a church invitation and a purpose to share the gospel at the door.

    But my goal was not to personally evangelize the Antelope Valley. My goal was to lead Lancaster Baptist Church in reaching our community with the gospel.

    One of the ways we do this is through special outreach times, such as Christmas, Easter, and Open House Sunday. Our obedience to the Great Commission, however should be consistent year round.

    As a pastor, here are some of the ways I have endeavored to lead our church in consistent soulwinning and outreach. (more…)


  3. 10 Ways to Be a Blessing to Your Missionaries

    October 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It is impossible for any local church to carry out the Great Commission without missionaries.

    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

    Missionaries, then, are our co-laborers in the harvest. Just as we strive to be a blessing to those we physically labor alongside, we should look for ways to be a blessing to the missionaries we are privileged to support and send.

    How can we be a blessing to missionaries? Here are ten suggestions: (more…)


  4. 6 Places to Find Soulwinning Prospects

    October 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    We know that Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). But sometimes we forget that He actively sought those who were lost.

    For Jesus, gospel outreach was no passing interest or occasional hobby. He looked for lost people and personally brought them the message of salvation through Himself.

    And He calls us to do the same: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).

    We know that everywhere around us there are people in need of the gospel. But where specifically—or how specifically—can you find people with whom you can share the message of salvation? (more…)


  5. 4 Ways Courageous Leaders Model Sustained Urgency

    August 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    You can’t miss the urgency and passion with which Jesus carried out His ministry. Throughout His ministry, He spoke of musts, such as, “I must work the works of Him that sent me” (John 9:4).

    As spiritual leaders, we know there is urgency to our labor, but we don’t always maintain it. The truth is, urgency is not the default mode; complacency is.

    Strangely enough, it is our very successes in ministry that tend to feed complacency. It works like this: Success builds pride, and pride kills urgency. (more…)