1. How Leaders Build Strategic Teams: Spiritual Leadership Podcast

    January 30, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    A dream without a plan is a wish. So a spiritual, team-building leader doesn’t just assemble a team of dreamers, but a team of doers.

    In this Spiritual Leadership Podcast episode, we discuss what areas a pastor needs to develop strategy for his team, as well as how he can assemble a team of leaders committed to a process of growth.


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    At the beginning of this episode, I also answer a few questions that have been submitted for the podcast: (more…)


  2. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church (part 2)

    January 26, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    In part 1 of this post, we looked at five characteristics of a healthy church:

    1. A Biblical Purpose
    2. A Spiritual Passion
    3. An Uncompromised Position
    4. An Endowment of Power
    5. A Growing Leadership

    In part 2, we’ll look at five final characteristics:

    6. A Transparent Policy

    There’s a lot of talk in our day about transparency. Some of it is just talk in which people try to create an illusion of transparency where there is none. But biblical Christianity is transparent and free of guile. (more…)


  3. 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    January 23, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    We know that God is more interested in the spiritual health of a church than its numeric growth. A spiritually thriving church will be reaching people with the gospel and seeing people added to the church, but a church focused only on growth may be seeing people added without true conversion or spiritual maturity.

    But what does a healthy church look like? What are its defining characteristics?

    No church “arrives” in spiritual maturity. Even as we as individual Christians must guard our hearts against coldness to the Lord or backsliding, so entire churches can become lukewarm spiritually. (See Revelation 3:14–16.) (more…)


  4. Growth Points 73: Preparing Gospel-Focused Christmas Messages

    December 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    With just eight days between now and Christmas, I’ve counted seven Christmas services yet remaining before I sit down for Christmas dinner with my family. It’s a blessing throughout the month of December to focus on Christ’s birth and what He means to us. And yet, it’s a challenge to keep every one of those services unique and effective for the gospel.

    In this Growth Points video, I’d like to share a few thoughts that I hope will be helpful as you head into the final stretch of the Christmas season as a communicator of God’s Word:


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  5. 7 Tips for Effective Follow Up

    December 15, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    This past weekend—Saturday and Sunday evening—was our annual Christmas musical at Lancaster Baptist Church. The amount of work put into these projections is staggering—not just in the thousands of hours given by the choir, orchestra, and drama teams, but also the thousands of invitations given out all across our community in the weeks preceding the musical.

    I think our church often enters this weekend a little exhausted. Yet, the exhaustion gives way to joy for all of us as we see people respond to the preached gospel message. It was our joy to witness this in every service this weekend, and we praise the Lord for it.

    The tendency after such an outpouring of service is to breathe a long sigh of relief on Monday morning, thank God for those who were saved, and kick back into neutral for a few weeks. (more…)