1. Growth Points 47: Leadership that Moves Forward

    January 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    I see two prevalent types of leadership styles among growing leaders—causative leadership and reactionary leadership. And there are definite differences between the two.

    A causative leader is one who moves from scriptural principle and Holy Spirit direction forward.

    A reactionary leader is one who moves from circumstances, situations, and personalities sideways.

    In this Growth Point’s video, I share a three-point contrast of causative vs. reactionary leadership. I pray you’ll use it to analyze your heart and leadership.

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  2. Growth Points 46: Better before Bigger

    January 8, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Before God gives growth, we must remove the obstacles to growth. We see this principle clearly in the Titus 1:5: “…that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting….”

    On our annual vision night at Lancaster Baptist Church last Sunday, I shared with our church family seven critical space needs and seven steps for meeting these needs. I mentioned that our leadership team had taken some time to step back and prayerfully assess the needs and solutions.

    In the Growth Points video below, I describe the process we went through to assess these needs. I actually recorded this right after the retreat although I didn’t post it to this blog immediately.

    If you lead in any type of ministry, I believe that the five steps outlined in this video will help you discern your most pressing obstacles to growth and how you can become better before growing bigger.

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  3. 7 Commitments for Finishing Well

    January 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    No one begins the New Year with aspirations to quit. We want to finish the year well, and we want to finish our life course well.

    I think of the Apostle Paul’s statement in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” You get the picture of a boxing match with a fighter who stayed in the ring until the end of the fight.

    I want to be that fighter. But it won’t happen by accident.

    I believe many times we’re defeated simply because we’re naïve. We write out our goals or visualize coming progress, but we forget that we are in a real spiritual battle. This is a fight, not an exercise. (more…)

  4. 9 Marks of Excellence in Church Leadership

    August 7, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Excellence—it’s important in any area, and it’s vital in leadership, particularly spiritual leadership.

    The quality of a work is unlikely to rise above the quality of the leader. This is why—when it comes to local church ministry—spiritual leaders must maintain a quest for personal excellence.

    What does excellence in a spiritual leader look like? And what areas of excellence should a spiritual leader pursue?

    All of them—of course. But here are nine essentials—nine areas in which a spiritual leader should be continually growing: (more…)

  5. 10 Pillars for Spiritual Leaders

    February 1, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Ministry—even good ministry—can be built on a shaky foundation. When Jesus gave the word picture of a house built on the sand or on a rock, He wasn’t only speaking to the Pharisees. He was speaking to you and me.

    Of course, His promise to those who build their lives on truth is also for you and me.

    Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.—Matthew 25:24–25

    Years ago, I recognized that even godly leaders can have faulty ministry philosophy. In a painful and prayerful season, I outlined ten foundational pillars that I want to be the basic keystones of my life and ministry. (Incidentally, these are also the core values we have chosen for West Coast Baptist College.)

    Occasionally, I review these pillars to remind myself of the aspects of ministry that are truly vital. (more…)