1. 5 Ways to Maintain Positive Momentum in the Work of God

    January 12, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    The best part of most new year’s goals is the first week of January. Adrenaline runs high, and success seems just within reach.

    And then the second week of January comes. And the adrenaline-based enthusiasm wanes.

    Maintaining the momentum to pursue God-given goals is particularly difficult in long-range goals or in difficult-to-measure goals, such as leading and building up other people. Although I believe it is helpful to set clear, measurable goals, God’s work through us can’t always be measured this side of Heaven.

    And yet, I believe God is honored when we persist in pursuing growth in His work—when we put our hand to the plow and faithfully look to the end of the furrow all year long.

    When it comes to the work of the ministry, how do we maintain the passion to labor with God all year long? How do we lead and serve others with a commitment to build and a patience to persist? (more…)


  2. 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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  3. Growth Points 57: Causes and Solutions for Trials in Ministry

    November 3, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Years ago, a friend told me, “It is impossible to follow Jesus without hurts.” Little did I know how prophetic that statement would be. The fact is, there are going to be difficulties in ministry. Jesus plainly said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation,” and thankfully He followed with, “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

    Perhaps you are even now going through a period of difficulties in your life or your ministry. In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you some of the reasons we go through difficulty as well as some of the solutions God gives for these heavy seasons.


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  4. When Godly Leaders Differ

    October 18, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    We all know there are plenty of situations in which good people differ. But why do good people differ? And how can we understand and benefit from these differences?

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but below are five areas which can easily account for many of the differences godly leaders may have with one another—as well as five ways we can benefit and work through these differences.

    Temperamental Differences

    Terrie and I now have six grandchildren—two sets of which are siblings. Even at their young ages, it is amazing to me to watch the temperamental and personality differences already beginning to show. In both of these families, there are two children with the same two parents and surroundings—who each have absolutely different preferences, tastes, and approaches to life.

    The reality is that we do all have different personalities and temperaments. Even within the twelve apostles, we see this clearly. To mention just a few: There were James and John who Jesus called “the sons of thunder.” Apparently they had strong personalities. There was Peter who was impetuous. There was Andrew who seemed to have an ability to relate to others. And there was Philip who apparently had organizational capabilities. And yet, they were all chosen—and used—by Jesus. (more…)


  5. Growth Points 54: Three Truths for Discipleship

    September 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Those of us who are passionate to see reproduction in local church ministry know that there is a process involved in Christian growth and maturity. This is true whether we are talking about a new Christian developing into a leader within the church or a young man who is called into the ministry developing into the ability to serve as a pastor.

    Philippians 4:9 gives us this necessary process for discipleship: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

    And yet, too often, we become one-dimensional in how we train new Christians and develop new leaders. If we neglect—or only partially fulfill—any of the process, we end up with only partially-matured Christians.

    In this week’s Growth Points video, I invite you to look with me at the three-fold process the Apostle Paul followed as he discipled others.


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