1. Growth Points 33: My Five Summer Objectives

    June 24, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Every season is a gift from the Lord and should be used effectively for Him. Summer is a unique season that affords extra opportunities for growth, enrichment, and renewal—if we plan wisely.

    I always have a long list going into summer of what I want to accomplish. But I’ve broken my list into five categories—objectives every Christian should strive for. In this week’s Growth Points video, I share these goals:

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    1. Spiritual depth

    Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.—Colossians 2:7

    There ought to be a hunger in our heart to know Jesus more! Of course, I spend time in God’s Word and in prayer year round, but in the summer, I work to carve out extra periods of time for intentional growth in my walk with God. I want to take the opportunity to become more deeply rooted in Christ—establishing roots for greater fruit in the fall season of ministry. (more…)

  2. My Most Productive Week of the Year

    December 26, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    I decided years ago that December 26–31 would be filled with more than Christmas dinner leftovers. Yes, this is a time of year to enjoy the season and celebrate, but I have found that it’s a wonderful week to get ready for the year ahead.

    Typically, I begin jotting down ideas for my new year goals as early as November. But after Christmas, I schedule some time to prayerfully go over each role in my life (Christian, husband, father, grandfather, pastor, college president, etc.) and make specific, measurable goals for growth in the year ahead.

    Scheduling this time is key—otherwise, it won’t get done. Most of us feel that we need to be in a particularly reflective mood or create an ambiance to effectively set goals. The truth is, we just need to make the time and seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

    And one more tip: I recommend using the SMART acrostic to position your goals for success.

    Action oriented  (not just philosophical)

    I challenge you to take the momentum of the last week of this year and let it carry you into the new year with renewed purpose and focus.