1. When Seventh Graders Surrender to the Ministry

    April 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Last night was a highlight for Terrie and me and our church family as we had the ordination service for our youngest son, Matthew.

    I remember almost fifteen years ago, as I prayed through a stack of decision cards from teens at our youth conference who had surrendered to full-time gospel ministry and came a name that brought great joy: Matthew Chappell.

    yc-decision-cardI look back over the years since then, and I know that where Matt is today is the fruit of so many investments. It’s the fruit of every Sunday school teacher, Christian school teacher, youth worker, West Coast Baptist College faculty and staff, and the Lancaster Baptist Church deacons and church family who have loved our family and encouraged our children.

    After high school, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College where he met his wife, Katie. For the past five years, Matt and Katie have served with my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell, in Oceanside, California.

    As my brother attested to last night, Matt has been diligent in his calling, and the hand of God and fruit of ministry is evident in his life. Matt and Katie have led dozens of teens to Christ through public high school ministry. They’ve established Bible clubs in area high schools. They’ve developed a youth ministry at Coastline Baptist and invested in teens to nurture their walk with God. (more…)


  2. 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…)


  3. Thoughts on a Miracle Night from the Heart of a Pastor

    March 7, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Sunday night, March 6, 2016, will go down in the history of our church as a miraculous and memorable night.

    For the first time in the history of our church, we had the facility to hold an all-church banquet on our property (a result of the generous giving of God’s people in the March 2014 and 2015 offerings). But not only that, in this one evening, our church family gave a large and sacrificial cash offering toward campus developments that will shape the future history of our church.

    So here it is Monday morning, and I’m rejoicing in God’s goodness and in the miraculous blessings of last night. But I think I see them in a different light than anyone who is not the pastor can.

    The amount of the offering is truly a miracle answer to prayer. And it will enable construction to begin on a much-needed, multi-phase project that will provide space for our Spanish and children’s ministries.

    But the amount is not the greatest miracle I see. Allow me to share what a miracle looks like through a pastor’s eyes: (more…)


  4. Update from Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia

    February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.

    And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.

    I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)

    Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)


  5. 7 Prayer Requests for Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia

    January 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:—2 Thessalonians 3:1

    That’s what we are praying for Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia February 1–3, 2016—that God’s Word would have freedom and work in lives.

    This conference is an undertaking of incredible magnitude, and we’re praying that it results in abundant fruit in one of the most needy areas of the world—the 10/40 window. This area contains over four billion people, and 95 percent of these are unreached with the gospel.

    The great need of the 10/40 window makes this area one of the most potentially influential in the spread of the gospel—the cutting edge region in worldwide missions harvest.

    Will you pray with us for this conference? And will you pray specifically for the following needs? (more…)