1. 8 Characteristics of an Effective Discipleship Program

    August 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Wednesday-night-discipleship

    One of the core ministries that God has greatly blessed in our church is the organized discipleship on Wednesday evenings. Not only are there new people continually being enrolled in discipleship and others completing the course, but the biblical grounding and personal mentoring that takes place during the weeks of discipleship continues to bear fruit in people’s lives years after they have finished.

    At our church, we use the Continue discipleship book and have found it both helpful and fruitful.

    But it’s not just having a course or a program that makes a discipleship program effective. It’s much more than that.

    Discipleship, whatever means you may use, is one of the components of the Great Commission (“teaching them to observe all things,” Matthew 28:20). It is the responsibility of the local church to ground new Christians in the faith while teaching them how to grow in a daily walk with God.

    So having an organized discipleship program is a good start, but it’s not enough. What are the characteristics of an effective discipleship program? (more…)


  2. Introducing “Continue”—a New Discipleship Resource

    May 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Continue Discipleship

    I am very excited to announce the release of an all-new discipleship curriculum, written here at Lancaster Baptist Church: Continue: a personal journey in biblical discipleship.

    This resource has been in progress for over two years and is the compilation of hundreds of hours of developing and beta testing.

    You can download a sample lesson, but I’d also like to give you an overview of what makes this curriculum uniquely suited to local church discipleship:

    Features

    As we developed this course, there were several big-picture details that were important to us: (more…)


  3. Biblical Goals for Local Church Discipleship

    May 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Do you have clear objectives for your discipleship program? If so, do you have a road map to accomplish these goals?

    Today I’m continuing the discipleship training at Striving Together Publications as we look at four biblical priorities for what should be included in a local church discipleship program. Watch the video there to join the discussion.

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  4. Why Discipleship?

    May 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Does organized discipleship in the local church matter? Does it make a difference?

    My answer is a resounding YES! And in this four-minute video, I explain why.

    Watch the video at Striving Together Publications to join the discussion on the benefits of a structured discipleship program:

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  5. What Confirmation Looks Like in a Baptist Church

    April 11, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    If anyone had a valid excuse to drop the ball on “follow up” after an evangelistic event, it was the Apostle Paul.

    Between an itinerant lifestyle and the ongoing pain he must have lived with, Paul had every reason to simply focus on the city he was in, preach the gospel, and move on to the next, leaving the “decision cards” behind him.

    But Paul didn’t do that. He couldn’t do that. For Paul had a passion to see people saved and growing in the Lord.

    And so, hours after he was stoned at Lystra, he got up and, with broken body, went on to Derbe to preach the gospel. From Derbe, he couldn’t forget those who had just been saved in Lystra. So he returned to the very city where he had just been persecuted to follow up on these new converts—to confirm them in the faith. From Lystra, he backtracked again to Iconium, and from Iconium to Antioch.

    And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22

    Everybody needs to be confirmed. They need someone to care enough to give them spiritual encouragement, support, instruction, and grounding. (more…)