1. 5 Ways to Make Sermon Study More Productive

    February 20, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    The greatest ministry responsibility of a pastor’s life is noted in Acts 6: “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

    Yet, the time spent in prayer and study for messages is probably a pastor’s greatest challenge as well. There are just so many pastoral responsibilities that arise during a given week that time for sermon preparation must be guarded…and maximized.

    Below are five tips that I hope will be a help to you in making your study time more productive for your congregation. (more…)


  2. How Leaders Build Strategic Teams: Spiritual Leadership Podcast

    January 30, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    A dream without a plan is a wish. So a spiritual, team-building leader doesn’t just assemble a team of dreamers, but a team of doers.

    In this Spiritual Leadership Podcast episode, we discuss what areas a pastor needs to develop strategy for his team, as well as how he can assemble a team of leaders committed to a process of growth.


    (If you cannot view this video in your email or RSS reader, click here.)

    At the beginning of this episode, I also answer a few questions that have been submitted for the podcast: (more…)


  3. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church (part 2)

    January 26, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we looked at five characteristics of a healthy church:

    1. A Biblical Purpose
    2. A Spiritual Passion
    3. An Uncompromised Position
    4. An Endowment of Power
    5. A Growing Leadership

    In part 2, we’ll look at five final characteristics:

    6. A Transparent Policy

    There’s a lot of talk in our day about transparency. Some of it is just talk in which people try to create an illusion of transparency where there is none. But biblical Christianity is transparent and free of guile. (more…)


  4. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    January 23, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    We know that God is more interested in the spiritual health of a church than its numeric growth. A spiritually thriving church will be reaching people with the gospel and seeing people added to the church, but a church focused only on growth may be seeing people added without true conversion or spiritual maturity.

    But what does a healthy church look like? What are its defining characteristics?

    No church “arrives” in spiritual maturity. Even as we as individual Christians must guard our hearts against coldness to the Lord or backsliding, so entire churches can become lukewarm spiritually. (See Revelation 3:14–16.) (more…)


  5. Where Grace Abounds

    January 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    Each year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we introduce a new theme for the year to our church family on Vision Sunday. Primarily we do this through the Sunday messages in which the theme is shared from a biblical text and then, in Sunday evening’s message, developed into ministry goals for the coming year.

    But one of the most memorable ways we introduce the theme is through teaching our church family a new chorus (typically written by our music team) based on the theme.

    Our theme for 2017 is “By Grace,” and below is a video from our 2017 Vision Sunday as the ensemble sings the new chorus “Where Grace Abounds.” (Click here for the sheet music.) I’d like to invite you to learn this song and come sing it with us at Spiritual Leadership Conference this year—June 11–14, 2017.


    (If you you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)