1. 3 Realms of Faithfulness for a Spiritual Leader

    July 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    None of us start out in leadership with the intention of failing. But we all know people who have disgraced the Lord and hurt the people they lead through unfaithfulness.

    We all want, when we come to the end of our race, to be able to say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

    But to be able to truthfully say these words we must remain faithful in the following three areas: (more…)


  2. Just Build the Wall

    July 7, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I thank the Lord for the life, ministry, and friendship of Dr. R. B. Ouellette.

    Just before he preached at Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, we thanked him for his faithfulness in serving the same church for forty years. A pastor marking his fourth decade in the same church doesn’t happen without the grace of God, faithfulness through trials, and compassion for lost souls.

    Dr. Ouellette’s message (which you can listen to here) was from Nehemiah 4 and was titled “Revival out of the Rubbish.”

    In the message, he read a poem, which he had written on persevering through criticism. It was a blessing to me, and I asked him for permission to share it with you. (more…)


  3. The Forgotten Admonition for the Last Days

    July 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Now, more than ever before, current events remind us that we are living in the last days.

    The events of this past week have pointed to Bible prophecies concerning the progressive lifestyles of sin (2 Timothy 3:1–4) and the oblivion of and disregard for God’s judgment (Matthew 24:37–39).

    As we know, Scripture gives us many admonitions for these last days: We are to contend for the faith (Jude 3). To preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). To witness to the lost (Matthew 24:14). To be sober–minded (1 Peter 4:7). To watch with prayer (1 Peter 4:8).

    But there is one command that many of us forget. This command is expressly given in relation to the last days. And it is specifically stated to be an issue of vital significance. Tragically, it is often neglected. (more…)


  4. A Free Toolbox—Spiritual Leadership Conference Session Downloads

    June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  5. 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.