1. Introducing “Continue”—a New Discipleship Resource

    May 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  2. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Building the Builders

    May 19, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Those who serve as spiritual leaders have the joy of investing themselves in the spiritual growth of others. You prepare messages, lessons, and events, preach sermons, teach classes, and give of yourself in all the ways that contribute toward building others in spiritual growth.

    One of the blessings for a Christian leader at Spiritual Leadership Conference, however, is that you get to be on the receiving end.

    You get to hear preaching. You get to listen to the choir. You get to soak in moments of godly fellowship and sharpening lessons.

    The theme for Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15 is “I Will Build.” In addition to praying that the Lord will use this year’s conference to stir your heart to a renewed dedication in building the work of God, I’m praying that the Lord will also use it to encourage your heart—to build up the builders, using some of the same basic building blocks that you are often using in the lives of others: (more…)


  3. 3 Traits of Leaders Who Build

    April 30, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    In every work of God, there comes a point when a leader must ask, “Am I content to move forward in maintenance mode, or will I continue to build?”

    In theory, this question sounds simple. Who wouldn’t want to continue building, especially when you are co-laboring with Christ in building that which He has promised to bless?

    In experience, however, this question can be challenging. The truth is, building is strenuous. Messy. Tiring. Problem-laden. It draws criticism and stretches you as a leader.

    Maintaining, on the other hand, while not necessarily easy, is more predictable. And it certainly is less demanding.

    But Christ has plainly stated His intent is—not simply to maintain—but to build: “… I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). And He invites us to build with Him: “For we are labourers together with God…” (1 Corinthians 3:9).

    So what does it take as spiritual leaders to move from maintaining to building? What kinds of leaders stay on the construction site, rather than simply occupying office space in the completed structure? (more…)


  4. When Stress Renews

    August 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    It doesn’t take long for the ministry to wear us out—to break down our strength and bring us to a point of exhaustion. Physically, emotionally, spiritually—the ministry is draining.

    In my last post, I highlighted the importance of taking periodic time out of the current to renew from the rigors of ministry. But the truth is, God’s process of renewal doesn’t always come through less stress or work. In fact, if the Apostle Paul is an example, renewal often comes, not through relaxation, but through rigor. God sometimes brings stress into our lives for the very purpose of renewing us in His strength.

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Dr. John Goetsch brings us to 2 Corinthians 12 to discover God’s four-fold process of rigorous renewal.


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    Note: All messages and videos from Spiritual Leadership Conference 2014 are available here.


  5. Building Trust in the Church

    July 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Every godly pastor labors to build a foundation of trust in the local church—between the people and God, the people and their pastor, and the people one with another.

    But what do you do when that trust is challenged? When it is craftily undermined? When poor decisions of judgment are made as a result?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Pastor Doug Fisher lifts a familiar story from the pages of the Old Testament of an unlikely character who exemplifies how to keep the big picture when trust in a relationship has been challenged.

    Doug Fisher has served as the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, California, for thirty years. His transparent approach on the realistic issues of trust in the local church will be a help to you.

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    Note: All messages and videos from Spiritual Leadership Conference 2014 are available here.