1. Making the Most of Free Resources

    June 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the miracles of last week was how the Lord anointed every service of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Because of Chandler’s hospitalization, I wasn’t as able to tend to the details of the conference as normal, yet, God, in His own way, touched this conference for His glory.

    Our theme was Continue from 2 Timothy 3:14, and the emphasis was on continuing with a heart for God and in the work of God with renewed passion and commitment to Christ. I’ve been praying for the conference guests and for each pastor and church represented that the Lord will use the truths and helps from the conference to bear fruit that remains in their churches and communities.

    For the past several years, we have placed as much of the conference as we can online for two groups of people—those who could not attend the conference and those who could.

    I’d like to highlight the online resources available to you and suggest a few ways you might use them. (more…)


  2. #SLC16 Live Stream and Conference App

    June 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    The 2016 Spiritual Leadership Conference begins in less than twenty-four hours. I am praying for the Lord to empower every moment of this conference for His glory and for the encouragement of His servants.

    Our conference theme is one word, taken from 2 Timothy 3:14—Continue.

    But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;—2 Timothy 3:14

    If there has ever been a time when we need to continue, it is now. In addition to the natural tendency of leaders and churches to drift, we’re facing a mounting onslaught of opposition to our faith from unbelievers. For both reasons, we must be intentional about continuing in the gospel. Please pray with us that the Lord will use this conference to challenge, encourage, and equip pastors and Christian servants.

    I wanted to let you know of two conference resources that I hope are a help to you whether or not you are able to be with us here in Lancaster, California, for the conference. (more…)


  3. 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…)


  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. 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…)