1. A Free Toolbox—Spiritual Leadership Conference Session Downloads

    June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    As laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is imperative that we, as spiritual leaders, are not simply maintaining the work of God, but that we are building.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, our theme was from Jesus’ words, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Each service and session was filled with biblical truth on building in the local church.

    Videos of all the services as well as mp3 audio downloads of the workshop sessions are available—all for free.

    The sessions include a wide variety of topics in the following areas: (more…)

  2. Growth Points 64: Are We Making Disciples or Developing Superficial Converts?

    June 24, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Jesus told us in John 15:16 that He has ordained us—set us apart for a purpose—to bring forth fruit that remains.

    As pastors and Christian leaders, it’s fair that we occasionally ask ourselves, “Are we making disciples here? Or are we simply developing superficial converts?”

    It’s a hard question. But I believe it’s important. The reality is that sometimes we can get people to go through motions without leading them to go deeper in their personal walk with God. Over time, people without a growing walk with the Lord will not remain faithful.

    In this Growth Points video, we talk about the process of how new Christians are grounded the Word of God through points of discipleship in local church ministry:

    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)

    Note: The Continue discipleship resource mentioned in this video is available from Striving Together Publications.

  3. Are You Building or Maintaining? A Twenty-Point Comparison

    June 8, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    One of the most dangerous aspects of success in any work of God is that it would lead to complacency.

    The truth is, it is easier to rejoice in a victory of the past and simply maintain going forward than it is to take continual faith-filled risks and build going forward. To “labor together with God,” however, we must engage in His work of building—not simply maintaining.

    The tendency of every spiritual leader and every church is to slip into maintenance mode—often without even realizing it. So how do you know if you are building or if you are simply maintaining? (more…)

  4. What If Your Saw Was 10 Percent Sharper?

    June 4, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    You’ve heard the famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

    Time and life management experts have likewise pointed out the value of “sharpening the saw” for maximum effect in our work.

    Jesus practiced this truth not only by times of withdrawing to seek the face of God (Mark 1:34) or to rest (Mark 6:31), but even as He allowed His disciples to minister to others, He gave them “continuing education” along the way (Mark 4:10, 7:17, 9:11, 28, 10:10, 13:3).

    Indeed, as spiritual leaders, the sharpness of our “saw” is vital. Our work has eternal ramifications, and the more effective we can be, the better. (more…)

  5. More than a Cliché: How Godly Leaders Remain Strong in the Work of the Lord

    June 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Strengthen Your Hands minibook

    There are some phrases we’ve turned into something like cliché prayers. That is, we say them without really giving thought to the specifics of what we’re asking or the practical ramifications of what they may entail.

    “Bless all the missionaries” is a good for instance.

    Another may be, “God, please give us strength.”

    The truth is, we do need strength. As spiritual leaders, we have monumental tasks before us. Whether you are a parent, teacher, pastor, Sunday school class teacher, ministry helper, or any Christian leading others in any area, you have been entrusted with responsibilities beyond human ability—reaching the world with the gospel, shepherding young hearts for God, changing lives, building a church, nurturing spiritual growth. And with each of these responsibilities comes obstacles unique to your situation.

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed and to find ourselves weak in the most vital callings. After all, what is one person against so great a task? (more…)