1. Growth Points 70: How to Use Adult Bible Classes to Assimilate People into the Local Church

    May 9, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    One of the key functions of adult Bible classes and teen Sunday school in our Baptist churches is helping to assimilate people into the body life of the local church.

    In this growth points video, I share five ways to best assimilate and build people through these classes:


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  2. 5 Traits of an Effective Overseer

    February 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Have you ever delegated a responsibility to someone who didn’t follow through? Or who didn’t care to do it the way you wanted it done?

    God has made pastors overseers of His flock. (By extension, this applies also to staff who assist the pastor.)

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.—Acts 20:28

    Since the Holy Spirit has so entrusted us by delegating to us the responsibility to lead and serve His people, should we not be sure we are effective in this aspect of our role? That we are leading in a way that mirrors the heart of Christ for His people?

    So what makes a leader an effective overseer? It is one who… (more…)


  3. Growth Points 68: Enemies of Steadfastness

    November 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In our society today, everything is constantly shifting. We see the mobility in all areas—families in and out of churches, pastors in and out of pulpits, leaders changing their positions.

    I think of the Apostle Paul’s statement in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me….” How did Paul remain steadfast amidst the pressures of life and ministry?

    In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you three common enemies of steadfastness and how Christian leaders can remain unmovable in the work of the Lord:


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  4. 8 Relationships Every Ministry Leader Should Cultivate

    September 10, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Relationships are vital to ministry. Whether you are a pastor, a church staff member, or serve as a leader in any area of church ministry, cultivating strong relationships is a necessary investment.

    Relational-less ministry is both ineffective and harmful. It is ineffective because if we look at ministry only as a checklist, we may fulfill action-item duties, but we’ll not influence lives. It is harmful because it leaves the leader without one of the key resources to sustain faithfulness and accomplish their calling.

    Relationships take time and purpose to develop. They also become the greatest treasures of life. (more…)


  5. Ephesians 3:20 for Church Planters

    August 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

     

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    One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.

    All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.

    This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)