1. 11 Characteristics of a Healthy Sunday School Class

    October 9, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    I believe that every adult Sunday school class should be a greenhouse of dynamic spiritual growth.

    Our church recently hosted our annual Open House and saw a large number of people saved. Whenever there is a surge of new Christians it is a great time to put renewed effort into the health of the Sunday school department. Every new Christian needs loving growth and discipleship, and the best way to insure this is happening is to encourage the health of the Sunday school.

    What are the characteristics of a healthy Sunday school class? (more…)

  2. Making Disciples or Making Concessions

    May 23, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    My friend, Pastor Dave Hardy, made a statement at our annual Deacons Retreat that hasn’t left me. It was one of those statements that is powerful the moment you hear it…and is still powerful every time you remember it. It was the kind of statement that you print and put near your desk. Here it is:

    We are either making disciples, or we are making concessions.

    Discipleship is central to Christianity. Christ calls us to be His disciples, and then He commands us to disciple others. This is the core of who we are (disciples), and it is the heart of what we are to do (make disciples). It is our identity and our job description.

    Yet, discipleship and discipling too easily becomes a sideline. Nothing that requires as much effort as being a disciple or making disciples stays on course naturally. By default, it veers, and when it does, our walk with God and our ministries suffer. Without discipleship—true, sold-out-for-God discipleship—we are simply making concessions. (more…)

  3. Cheer for a Crawl

    July 20, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    With a living room full of cheerleaders, my grandson Camden achieved his first crawl this week. For the past several weeks, he’s enjoyed partial mobility by scooting himself along army-style. But with lots of motivating encouragement, he finally learned to tuck his leg under and mustered the strength to push himself forward. And he is currently the family hero.

    As I watched him work on that first crawl with obvious enjoyment for the praise, I wondered—what if every new Christian had a group of godly cheerleaders rooting for his spiritual progress? (more…)