1. A Free Toolbox—Spiritual Leadership Conference Session Downloads

    June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    As laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is imperative that we, as spiritual leaders, are not simply maintaining the work of God, but that we are building.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, our theme was from Jesus’ words, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Each service and session was filled with biblical truth on building in the local church.

    Videos of all the services as well as mp3 audio downloads of the workshop sessions are available—all for free.

    The sessions include a wide variety of topics in the following areas: (more…)

  2. Help for Building Local Churches via Live Stream and Smart Phones

    June 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    There are some things you can’t learn via YouTube videos. Significant construction would be one of those. I mean, you could probably find a YouTube video on building a dog house, but beyond that, I’m not sure your best place for construction instruction is going to be online.

    But you could gain help online. Which is what we pray the live stream of Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15 will be for those who tune in.

    Throughout this year’s conference, you can access the live stream at lbclive.tv. All of the preaching services and the general sessions will be streamed. Below is a schedule for what will be live streamed the next few days. (A full conference schedule is available at slconference.com.) (more…)

  3. 5 Ways to Get More out of Any Conference

    June 10, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    The best conferences have significant levels of preparation invested ahead of time by those hosting the conference. From the speakers to facilities to schedules to a million other areas of detail, a well-planned and thoroughly-prepared conference will be more effective in presenting truth in a way that delegates can easily assimilate.

    That said, however, not all delegates of the same conference will receive equal value. Some, simply by deliberate actions on their part, will be able to glean more from attending the conference than they would if they had simply shown up.

    What can you do to gain the most benefit from a conference? Below are five suggestions. And because the conference our church hosts, Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15, is just a few days away, I’m applying each of these tips to next week’s conference: (more…)

  4. Are You Building or Maintaining? A Twenty-Point Comparison

    June 8, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    One of the most dangerous aspects of success in any work of God is that it would lead to complacency.

    The truth is, it is easier to rejoice in a victory of the past and simply maintain going forward than it is to take continual faith-filled risks and build going forward. To “labor together with God,” however, we must engage in His work of building—not simply maintaining.

    The tendency of every spiritual leader and every church is to slip into maintenance mode—often without even realizing it. So how do you know if you are building or if you are simply maintaining? (more…)

  5. What If Your Saw Was 10 Percent Sharper?

    June 4, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    You’ve heard the famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

    Time and life management experts have likewise pointed out the value of “sharpening the saw” for maximum effect in our work.

    Jesus practiced this truth not only by times of withdrawing to seek the face of God (Mark 1:34) or to rest (Mark 6:31), but even as He allowed His disciples to minister to others, He gave them “continuing education” along the way (Mark 4:10, 7:17, 9:11, 28, 10:10, 13:3).

    Indeed, as spiritual leaders, the sharpness of our “saw” is vital. Our work has eternal ramifications, and the more effective we can be, the better. (more…)