1. 10 Ways to Be a Blessing to Your Missionaries

    October 24, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    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…)

  2. 6 Places to Find Soulwinning Prospects

    October 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    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…)

  3. 4 Ways Courageous Leaders Model Sustained Urgency

    August 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    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…)

  4. 7 Essentials of an Adult Bible Class

    August 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I believe the key reason for adult Bible classes in the local church is the organization to fulfill the purposes of the church. Dr. Lee Roberson used to say, “The Sunday school is the church organized to fulfill the purpose of the church.”

    Whether you call it Sunday School, Adult Bible Fellowships, Connection Groups, or something else, it is vital that you have clearly defined purposes and processes for this vital area of church ministry.

    At Lancaster Baptist Church, we now have over fifty adult Bible classes, and we work to make sure each class includes these essentials: (more…)

  5. What Do Pastors Do All Week?

    August 9, 2016 by Paul Chappell



    I think one of the most common misconceptions of those who have not served as a senior pastor is that a pastor’s work is only the work of preaching. If you look at it that way, it would seem the pastor hardly works at all—perhaps for an hour two or three times each week.

    Yet, when Paul described the “office of a bishop” (pastor), he specifically called it “work.”

    This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.—1 Timothy 3:1

    It was a joy a few months back to preach the ordination for our youngest son, Matthew, who will be planting Rock Hill Baptist Church in Fontana, California, in a few months. I chose 1 Timothy 3:1 as my text, and in the message, I noted four aspects of the work ministry.

    If you have ever wondered what your pastor does all week, here it is. And if, as a pastor, you’ve ever wondered what aspects of your job you should focus on, here are four core responsibilities. (more…)