1. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Monday Update and Tuesday Preview

    June 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    It’s hard to believe that we’re just beginning the second day of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Yesterday was full and blessed, and I’m looking forward to another full day today.

    Yesterday afternoon, we began the conference with our annual church planter’s luncheon. This time with church planters is always a highlight to me. As men around the room introduced themselves and told the cities where they are planting churches—from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast and a few foreign countries—it was a joy to see that God is still stirring men’s hearts for needy cities around the world.

    In yesterday evening’s service, we recognized the church planters again—some which did not arrive in time for the afternoon luncheon. Once again, it was a joy to see so many willing to step out in faith to plant churches. We need more church planters, and I want to do everything I can to encourage those willing to go.

    The evening’s theme was “Renewed in Our Soulwinning,” and our media department put together a video with testimonies of those saved recently through the soulwinning ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church. Many of those recently saved and discipled in our church then came on the platform as testimony to the fact that the gospel still works! In every city around the world, there are still people hungry for the truth of the gospel. We need renewed soulwinners who will be faithful witnesses of Christ’s salvation. (more…)

  2. 28 Years of Renewal

    June 8, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    When God led our family to Lancaster twenty-eight years ago, we had no idea of what He was planning to do. All we knew then was that He was leading us and that He gave us a tremendous burden to see souls saved and a strong, gospel-preaching, Baptist church established in the Antelope Valley of Southern California.

    Today, our church family celebrates twenty-eight years of God’s faithfulness. He has been faithful to provide for our needs. He has been faithful to bless the preaching of His Word. He has been faithful to convict hearts and use soulwinning to lead people to salvation.

    But most of all today, we celebrate God’s faithfulness to renew.

    The story of Lancaster Baptist Church is a story of renewal. It’s a story of how God both renews His people from the inside out and how He uses renewed people to do His work. (more…)

  3. Hot Off the Press: New Resources from Striving Together Publications

    June 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Each year, we work to prepare new resources from Striving Together for release at Spiritual Leadership Conference, and I’m very excited about the brand new resources that are releasing this summer.

    These books, minibooks, and curriculum (including the first quarter in a brand new children’s series) answer needs many have asked us to publish towards. One of the highlights this year for me is the teen curriculum my sons, Matthew and Larry Chappell, first wrote for the youth groups they lead and are now publishing.

    Below is a brief description of each resource with a link for more information and availability to purchase from Striving Together. We’re praying that the Lord will use each of these to encourage spiritual growth and equip saints for the work of the ministry. (more…)

  4. Renewal at the Starting Line

    May 31, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    We sometimes think of renewal as a shot in the arm we need in the last stages of our race—when we’re weary, worn, and battle-scared. Biblically, however, renewal is something we need every day and at every stage of the journey. (“The inward man is renewed day by day,” 2 Corinthians 4:16.)

    This is one of the reasons we host an annual Church Planters Luncheon* on the Monday afternoon of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Each year, this free luncheon is designed to encourage and equip church planters and their spouses at the starting line. Of course, not all of the church planters who attend are new to ministry—some are veteran church planters beginning a second, third, or eighth church plant. In any case, we pray that this luncheon will be a refreshing time of spiritual renewal and fellowship.

    At the luncheon, we ask an experienced church planter (this year my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell) to share a challenge. This year, we are also including a question and answer panel with experienced church planters. (more…)

  5. 4 Reasons to Join Us on the Alaska Cruise

    April 25, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    In just over three months our ministry is hosting an adventure of a lifetime—a cruise through the magnificent beauty of Alaska.

    The cruise takes place August 9–16, and there are plenty of reasons to jump on board. Here are just four:

    1. Breathtaking Beauty—Together we will depart from Seattle and enjoy seven days cruising the untouched natural beauty of Alaska—visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Sawyer Glacier, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. We will experience the awesome majesty of God’s creation up close.
    2. Fellowship with Christian Friends—Bible-believing Christians across the country take part in this adventure, making it a time of sweet Christian fellowship where friendships are forged.
    3. Inspiring preaching and worship services—There’s nothing like being surrounded by the magnificence of God’s creation and then joining with others in worship. Each evening we will have encouraging music and helpful preaching. Special music will be provided by the Blunkall family and a West Coast Baptist College tour group. As the cruise host, I will be speaking, along with Dr. David Gibbs Jr., Dr. R.B. Ouellette, Dr. Dave McCoy, and Dr. Don Sisk.
    4. Memories of a lifetime—The trip is rich history in and memory-making opportunities. From whale sightings to fishing to on-shore excursions, this is a trip of unforgettable experiences. (View a full cruise itinerary at wcbc.edu/alaska-cruise.)

    This is our third time to host this adventure, and the first two trips were unforgettable. I hope you’ll consider joining us for this spiritually refreshing and absolutely awe-inspiring trip!

    To register or to find out more about the cruise, please visit www.wcbc.edu/alaska-cruise or give us a call at 800.688.6329 x135. Templeton Tours, our travel partner in this trip, has a flexible payment plan that will help you prepare for the journey.