1. Why We Still Have Winter Revival

    January 23, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Over the past thirty years, there are many types of activities that have come and over time been discontinued on our annual church calendar. But our January Winter Revival is not one of them.

    In fact, this Sunday will begin our thirtieth consecutive year of these meetings. Each year, our guest speaker has been Dr. John Goetsch, and the Lord has used his preaching to convict, stir, and renew our hearts.

    I’m aware that many churches have discontinued multi-night meetings of special revival services. But there are many reasons we have chosen not to. Here are four: (more…)


  2. 10 Common Questions Younger Pastors Ask

    December 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the joys of ministry is striving together with others for the faith of the gospel.

    I’m thankful that I get to work and enjoy fellowship with pastors of all ages. Here at West Coast Baptist College, I have the privilege to invest in young men preparing for the ministry, and as I’m in conferences and meetings around the country, I am able to preach and fellowship with men who are seasoned, just getting started, and everywhere in between.

    Because I talk with so many pastors over the course of a year, there are certain questions I’m asked more often, particularly by younger pastors. I really love the dialog with these pastors, and I appreciate their spirit to learn and their commitment to serve the Lord with a biblical philosophy. (more…)


  3. 3 People Who Can Use Christmas as a Gospel Launch

    November 28, 2015 by Paul Chappell

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    Perhaps you, like me, have noticed that many people are more willing to come to church at Christmastime than at any other time. Sometimes it’s because they will come to see a friend or family member acting or singing in a Christmas program. Sometimes it’s because if they feel they should at least go to church for Christmas. Sometimes it’s because their heart is more tender to Christ in this season when we celebrate His birth.

    Whatever the reason, I’m thankful they come and have the opportunity to hear the gospel. And I see three takeaways from this observation: (more…)


  4. Transitions, Ethics, and Saying Goodbye to Staff

    November 16, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    We don’t have formal commitment contracts for staff at Lancaster Baptist Church. I’ve always felt like I wanted the people who serve on our staff to be here because they want to be, not because they signed a commitment to be.

    That said, before someone comes on staff, we do have conversations about intent. If someone is joining our pastoral staff or leading a team, I would prefer that their intention at least is to stay long enough that I can invest in and train them and that they can become a real asset to our church family.

    Just over eighteen years ago, Tim Christoson and I had this kind of a conversation. At the time, he was in his last year of Bible college, engaged to Nicole, and looking to serve as an assistant pastor. When I interviewed him, I could see that he had a heart for the Lord and a desire to be used of God. I asked him if he were to come to Lancaster Baptist Church, if he would commit to stay at least ten years. (more…)


  5. Growth Points 68: Enemies of Steadfastness

    November 9, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    In our society today, everything is constantly shifting. We see the mobility in all areas—families in and out of churches, pastors in and out of pulpits, leaders changing their positions.

    I think of the Apostle Paul’s statement in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me….” How did Paul remain steadfast amidst the pressures of life and ministry?

    In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share with you three common enemies of steadfastness and how Christian leaders can remain unmovable in the work of the Lord:


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