1. Growth Points 74: Three Attributes of a Great Year

    January 12, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    When I think about a great ministry or a great minister, I think of John the Baptist. Jesus Himself called John and his ministry great: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28).

    John wasn’t as concerned with being relevant to his culture as he was with being in touch with God. It was his heart for God and the way he uncompromisingly shared God’s message that set him apart.

    In this growth points video, I share three characteristics from John the Baptist’s life of what brings greatness—in an individual life, a church, or a ministry.


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  2. Growth Points 72: Restoring and Maintaining Passion in Ministry

    October 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Anyone in ministry can testify that there are intense seasons that deplete you physically, spiritually, or emotionally. It is during these times that we have to learn specifically what it takes to maintain the passion that we’ll need to continue serving the Lord the next day, the next week, and for the next season of ministry.

    I don’t want to serve God’s people from an empty tank. Of course, even the world knows the importance of rest and doing what you can to maintain your health. But beyond that, how can Christian leaders restore and maintain their passion for the Lord and His work? In this growth points video, I share four ways which I have needed to remember in recent days. I hope they are a blessing to you.


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  3. Growth Points 71: Characteristics of an Effective Servant of God

    May 31, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    I don’t know about you, but I’m always asking the Lord to help me be more effective in the ministry. It seems that with every passing year, the challenges we face are greater, the time constraints more pressing, and the needs around us enlarged. Through God’s grace, I want to be the most effective servant possible in the midst of these challenges.

    In this growth points video, I share five characteristics that I am always seeking to develop in my own life and that I look for in the lives of those laboring here in our ministry as well.


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  4. Growth Points 70: How to Use Adult Bible Classes to Assimilate People into the Local Church

    May 9, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    One of the key functions of adult Bible classes and teen Sunday school in our Baptist churches is helping to assimilate people into the body life of the local church.

    In this growth points video, I share five ways to best assimilate and build people through these classes:


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  5. Growth Points 69: The In Between Week

    December 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.

    And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.

    In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.


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