1. 4 Areas I Expect Our Leadership Team to Build

    November 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the things I look forward to when I hire staff is the opportunity to invest into their lives. Between praying for and pastoring their family, weekly staff meetings, and other times of training, I want to do all I can to help build them up in service and as spiritual leaders.

    At the same time, I don’t hire staff solely to invest in them. In fact, I hire them primarily to help me build the work of the ministry God has entrusted us with here at Lancaster Baptist Church.

    If you serve on a church staff, I would encourage you to appreciate and take advantage of any training or help your pastor provides. (And this, of course, includes his regular preaching.) But don’t see your staff position as just an opportunity for you and your family to be built up, but for you to help build.

    This post started with my notes from a recent staff training with our church leadership team as I challenged them to build in four specific areas. If you serve on a church staff, I’d encourage you to take these four areas to heart, especially as you plan for the upcoming year of ministry: (more…)


  2. 7 Ways a Pastor Can Lead a Church in Consistent Outreach

    November 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    When Terrie and I moved to Lancaster over thirty years ago, I began an eighteen-month season of intense personal outreach. Every week, I would knock on no less than five hundred doors personally with a church invitation and a purpose to share the gospel at the door.

    But my goal was not to personally evangelize the Antelope Valley. My goal was to lead Lancaster Baptist Church in reaching our community with the gospel.

    One of the ways we do this is through special outreach times, such as Christmas, Easter, and Open House Sunday. Our obedience to the Great Commission, however should be consistent year round.

    As a pastor, here are some of the ways I have endeavored to lead our church in consistent soulwinning and outreach. (more…)


  3. 7 Truths I Shared with Future Pastors Last Week

    November 2, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    I meet once or twice each year with the senior men of West Coast Baptist College to discuss ministry philosophy and personal growth. As we met last week, I was encouraged by their sense of anticipation and eagerness for getting into the ministry.

    These are exciting days to serve the Lord. While it’s true that the ministry landscape is very different from when I first entered the ministry, it’s also true that there have never been more opportunities or a greater need for gospel-preaching churches. I’m excited to see another group of preachers graduate and am thankful for their sense of urgency to serve Christ in a meaningful way.

    Along those lines, I shared seven truths with them are needful for all of us, but are perhaps especially pertinent to younger men: (more…)


  4. 3 New Testament Essentials for Nurturing Growth in New Christians

    October 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the great joys of an intense season of outreach, such as our church just conducted for Open House Sunday, is following up on new Christians.

    There is nothing more rewarding than to come alongside a new Christian and help ground him in God’s Word, encourage his faith, and guide him in new patterns of Christian living.

    And there is nothing more needed for that young Christian either. Spiritual maturity, like physical maturity, doesn’t take place overnight. Neither does it take place the moment a person is baptized or attends three church services in a row. It takes long-term commitment from spiritual leaders to help someone grow in their faith.

    Young Christians need an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement. Throughout the New Testament, we see specific ways to nurture growth in young Christians. (more…)


  5. Is Your Motivation Style Demotivating?

    September 15, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    I’m excited to announce a relaunch of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast—beginning with this episode!

    While past episodes were primarily audio leadership lessons that had been recorded in other venues, such as Spiritual Leadership or Striving Together Conferences, the new podcast will include episodes video recorded specifically for this podcast.

    Each monthly episode will focus on practical ministry leadership, with this first one being about biblical motivation. Future episodes will dedicate time to answering questions and addressing topics submitted to qa@lancasterbaptist.org. (Feel free to email your questions!) (more…)