1. 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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  2. 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…)


  3. 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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  4. The Science Behind What Gets Done

    August 11, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’re like me, not everything on your to-do list or project list gets done. And yet, if you’re like me, it’s vital that certain projects do get done.

    Of course, the difference in what gets done and what doesn’t get done fundamentally relates to the choices we make in preparation and execution. But just what are those choices that make a difference?

    Some years ago, I read six of the principles below in a book or article that quoted Gary McIntosh (I believe from his book The Exodus Principle) and then added one of my own to the list. I don’t remember how each principle was described, but below is a description of how I’ve seen it work in my life and our ministry.

    What preparation decisions can leaders make regarding what gets done? Here are seven. Obviously, not all seven of these principles relate to every project or need, but the more that can be applied, the better the chance something has of getting done. (more…)


  5. Growth Points 53: Why We Strive

    July 21, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    In the previous Growth Points video, we looked at the servant-hearted, synergistic ministry required to fulfill Philippians 1:27.

    …that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;—Philippians 1:27

    It’s important, however, we remember that we are not “striving together” just to be nice or likable or congenial. We are striving for a purpose—for the faith.

    If you’re in full time pastoral ministry and are focusing your energy and effort in any other cause—however good it may be—you have a misplaced understanding of Scripture! Our calling is to strive “for the faith” which has been delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

    In this Growth Points video, I share three specific aspects of what it means to strive for the faith:


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