1. 8 Ways to Prepare for a Fall Soulwinning Relaunch

    August 31, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    I firmly believe that Christ’s last command must be our first priority. I believe that every Christian individually as well as corporately with their church family should be actively engaged in sharing the gospel year round.

    As a pastor, I take seriously our responsibility as a church to share the gospel, and I take seriously the spiritual maturity of our church family in making soulwinning a priority. If soulwinning and outreach times are attended by fewer and fewer people, that reveals a disconnect between what we say we believe and how we behave. Thus, we consistently give attention to keeping our soulwinning program strong.

    And yet, like all priorities in our lives, sometimes we allow what is urgent to take place over what is important. Thus, every spring and fall, we press a restart button on the church soulwinning program, encouraging every member to enlist or reenlist in reaching our community with the gospel.

    So, what do we do to prepare for a soulwinning relaunch? Each year is slightly different in the theming we use, but below are eight basic components:   (more…)


  2. Ephesians 3:20 for Church Planters

    August 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

     

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    One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.

    All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.

    This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)


  3. Overcoming the Natural Drift toward Apathy

    August 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    In the previous post I pointed out seven symptoms of one of the most dangerous spiritual diseases—apathy.

    A diagnose without a cure, however, is unhelpful.

    The direct counsel Christ Himself gave to the church at Laodicea was to humble themselves in repentance and recognize their need for Christ:

    Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.—Revelation 3:17–19

    How can you as a pastor lead a church in applying this counsel to the areas where apathy is beginning to manifest itself?

    The first step is to recognize the need. The second is to humbly cry out to God—for direction as you lead and for His conviction in those you lead.

    From there, here are some practical applications to help combat the natural drift toward apathy that every Christian and church battles. Each of these relates to the symptoms mentioned in the previous post. (more…)


  4. Becoming a Team-Building Leader

    August 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    God has not only called us to build with Him. He has called us to build with one another as well.

    We’re “labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and are called to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

    This type of cohesiveness on a team requires a leader who intentionally builds others and builds the team.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, I taught a general session on becoming a team-building leader. We looked at how to build teams for ministry as well as what types of leaders build people and cohesive teams. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.


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  5. Building Lives in the Local Church

    August 10, 2015 by Paul Chappell

     

    As local church leaders, it is imperative that we keep God—not numeric growth—as our primary goal.

    When it comes to the local church, Jesus is the Builder; the church is His habitation; and we are His co-laborers, called to labor in winning souls and building lives.

    We’re instructed, though, “But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon” (1 Corinthians 3:10). At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, I taught a general session from this verse on building lives in the local church. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.


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