1. Growth Points 72: Restoring and Maintaining Passion in Ministry

    October 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Anyone in ministry can testify that there are intense seasons that deplete you physically, spiritually, or emotionally. It is during these times that we have to learn specifically what it takes to maintain the passion that we’ll need to continue serving the Lord the next day, the next week, and for the next season of ministry.

    I don’t want to serve God’s people from an empty tank. Of course, even the world knows the importance of rest and doing what you can to maintain your health. But beyond that, how can Christian leaders restore and maintain their passion for the Lord and His work? In this growth points video, I share four ways which I have needed to remember in recent days. I hope they are a blessing to you.

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

  2. 5 Things to Remember When God Changes Your Schedule

    October 10, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Every Sunday afternoon, I take time to review the previous week and plan the week ahead. It is a discipline that has been a tremendous help to me over the years in being proactive with my responsibilities.

    Sometimes, however, a well-planned week gets rearranged by an emergency or an all-consuming need. I’m in the midst of such a moment as our community mourns the loss of LASD Sergeant Steve Owen who was killed in the line of duty. Our church has the privilege to serve his family and the law enforcement community in response to this tragedy, and we are grateful.

    Changes of plans don’t only happen to pastors. They happen to all of us at different times and in different ways. What do you do when you are in the midst of an already-full week and circumstances outside of your control slash through your schedule? (more…)

  3. 4 Ways You Can Promote Grace in Ministry

    September 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Would you like your ministry to be full of grace? Your life? Your relationships?

    Over the past few posts, I’ve shared the importance of motivating by grace, letting God’s grace work, and hindering grace. This is the last in what has turned into a mini-series on grace.

    In the previous post, we noted four ways we hinder God’s grace. We boiled them all down to one—pride—and saw then that the answer is to humble ourselves.

    But if we could name several manifestations of pride that hinder God’s grace, are there not also several ways we can express the humility that invites God’s grace? (more…)

  4. 4 Ways to Block God’s Grace in Your Ministry

    September 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    We often talk about what God’s grace does for us. And, truly, it is abundant.

    We talk about how greatly we need it in ministry. And we do.

    But have you ever considered if you might be preventing God’s grace from working in your heart? If you might be blocking its flow in your ministry?

    Scripture tells us that we can hinder the work of grace. How? (more…)

  5. Is Your Motivation Style Demotivating?

    September 15, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    I’m excited to announce a relaunch of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast—beginning with this episode!

    While past episodes were primarily audio leadership lessons that had been recorded in other venues, such as Spiritual Leadership or Striving Together Conferences, the new podcast will include episodes video recorded specifically for this podcast.

    Each monthly episode will focus on practical ministry leadership, with this first one being about biblical motivation. Future episodes will dedicate time to answering questions and addressing topics submitted to qa@lancasterbaptist.org. (Feel free to email your questions!) (more…)