1. A Three-Fold Challenge to Preachers in the Midst of a Culture Shift

    May 5, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Christians across America are frustrated. Some are discouraged. Some are fearful. Some are hopeless.

    Our culture is shifting before our very eyes, and there seems to be little to nothing we can do to stop it. We see the decaying morals and we sense the intolerance toward Christians growing around us.

    Pastors, too, become discouraged with it all. Those serving in ministry wonder if there is hope for our nation or for revival.

    But lest we bemoan the difficult times in our country today, could I remind you that the gospel has prospered in even more difficult times in years past.

    In fact, the Apostle Paul is believed to have written the book of 2 Timothy from the Mamertine Prison in Rome. He wrote at an incredibly difficult time both in world history and in his life. Christians everywhere were persecuted, and he knew he was only a short time from his own martyrdom.

    What was his instruction at this critical period? (more…)


  2. How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Church Staff

    April 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’ve served the Lord any length of time, you know that the outward expressions of service don’t guarantee a consistent heart for the Lord.

    The same is true of serving on a church staff. Being in the ministry is not a guarantee that you will be strong as a Christian or that you will be diligent in the spiritual disciplines of following God and serving His people. In fact, in some ways, serving in an official ministry position (paid or volunteer) makes you more of a target for Satan’s attacks. For if you fall, you’re influencing others.

    So how do you avoid being a casualty in ministry? How do you avoid washing out along the way? Here are eight ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls: (more…)


  3. 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach

    April 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Special days, such as Easter Sunday, are a great time for extensive soulwinning in your community.

    But sharing the gospel is not just a once-or-twice-a-year responsibility for the local church. It is to be our great priority. It is the mission with which Christ left us.

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20

    If your church is going to be consistently focused in soulwinning, thorough in saturating your community with the gospel, and diligent in follow up, you will need a soulwinning director—someone to coordinate the soulwinning efforts of the church family.

    This may be a paid staff member or a layperson. It may even be, as it was for our church in the early years, the pastor.

    How can a soulwinning director effectively engage the church family in outreach? Below are seven practices: (more…)


  4. My Prayer for Spiritual Leadership Conference

    March 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    By now, preparations for Spiritual Leadership Conference in June are underway at a weekly—even daily—level.

    But even as we prepare the conference details and logistics, I’m asking the Lord to work in this conference this year in three very specific ways:

    Repentance resulting in humility

    As preachers, we’re often urging others to repent. We deliver God’s Word and ask people to respond by humbling themselves and receiving God’s grace.

    But if we’re not regular repenters ourselves, we become proud. And when we’re proud, God resists us. (more…)


  5. From Idea to Reality in 6 Steps

    March 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Most of us have more ideas than time. That’s a good problem. It’s better than more time than ideas, for sure.

    The danger, however, is that we develop a tendency to also have more half-started projects than we have involvement. Once we’re convinced that an idea is something God has laid on our hearts—whether that be a new ministry, building, activity or event, project, or program—how do we act on it to bring it to completion?

    One of the best books in the Bible to study regarding project completion is Nehemiah. Throughout this book, we see six steps a spiritual leader will take to move an idea to a reality. (more…)