1. Growth Points 64: Are We Making Disciples or Developing Superficial Converts?

    June 24, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Jesus told us in John 15:16 that He has ordained us—set us apart for a purpose—to bring forth fruit that remains.

    As pastors and Christian leaders, it’s fair that we occasionally ask ourselves, “Are we making disciples here? Or are we simply developing superficial converts?”

    It’s a hard question. But I believe it’s important. The reality is that sometimes we can get people to go through motions without leading them to go deeper in their personal walk with God. Over time, people without a growing walk with the Lord will not remain faithful.

    In this Growth Points video, we talk about the process of how new Christians are grounded the Word of God through points of discipleship in local church ministry:


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    Note: The Continue discipleship resource mentioned in this video is available from Striving Together Publications.


  2. Growth Points 63: Nine Characteristics to Look for in Emerging Leaders

    March 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s leaders. So how do we develop them for local church ministry, and what qualities do we watch for? Furthermore, what traits do we look for in adults who will be serving in a leadership role in the local church?

    In this Growth Points video, I suggest nine characteristics that should be developing in those whom God is developing for local church leadership. These nine characteristics are traits to both watch for and to mentor toward:


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  3. Growth Points 62: Strengthen the Things Which Remain

    February 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    The tendency of churches today, as in the first century, is to slip into a maintenance mode, gradually allowing their faith, vision, joy, and soulwinning compassion to diminish.

    This is why it is important that we heed Christ’s counsel to the church at Sardis and “strengthen the things which remain.” In this growth points video, we look at five specific commands by which we strengthen the people of God:


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  4. Growth Points 61: Leading in a Hostile Culture

    January 7, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    As we enter a new year, we’re mindful that we don’t minister in the American days gone by in which the the pastoral position was appreciated and the pastor himself revered throughout the community. The ministry landscape of today is simply not the same as it was.

    To be sure, there has always been hostility to the gospel. But that hostility in the communities across America has definitively been on the rise. In fact, hostility in general is on the rise. Today, there is greater disparity between the rich and the poor, more racial tension, and more violence then before.

    What are the reasons for this hostility? And how can we, as pastors, respond to it as well as lead our people through it? In this growth points video, we look at practical ways to stand with grace and truth as servant leaders in hostile days:


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  5. Growth Points 60: How to Respond to Unmet Expectations

    December 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Christmas is a time of high expectations. Actually, life is a time of high expectations.

    We all carry expectations—whether we specifically identify them or not. Often these expectations are brought to our attention when they go unmet—when life suddenly goes very different from the script we envisioned.

    Certainly Joseph was there during that first Christmas. Nothing in his life was going the way he had planned or envisioned it. And I believe his response to the unexpected challenges he faced is worthy of our meditation.

    In this growth points video, consider with me three responses of Joseph to an unplanned moment in his life that can help us even today:


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