1. Growth Points 49: Five Steps toward Great Victory in Ministry

    April 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Leading in ministry in any way—whether it be teaching a Sunday school class, leading a bus route, serving in missions, or pastoring—has many challenges, There are always ups and downs along the journey.

    But through it all—excitement, trials, or testing—God can give great spiritual victories. In fact, He did this for our church this Sunday as our church family gave with hearts of faith in a great way towards a new building on our campus.

    In this Growth Points video—recorded the day before our special offering—I share five steps that contribute toward great victories in ministry:

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  2. Why I Preach about Finances

    March 27, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    As a new pastor, I had one very good reason to preach about finances—the church had no money!

    But I had an even more compelling reason not to preach about finances: I didn’t want to offend our few members!

    Pastors probably know the jokes and one-liners about preachers who only preach about money and churches who are always wanting more money better than anybody. No pastor in his right mind is eager to stir the discomfort of the church family and risk hard feelings.

    So, in my early years of ministry, I was hesitant to preach about tithing and giving. I preached passionately about seeking the Lord, being filled with the Spirit, growing in the Christian life, witnessing for Christ…but I hated to preach about giving.

    I’m long past that fear.

    Now, I consider it a sin of omission to not preach about giving. (more…)

  3. Growth Points 48: The Saviour Sensitive Church

    March 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    In a day when churches are bowing to the culture and the whims of this generation, we find—much like the “church of the Laodiceans” in Revelation 3—that Christ is outside the church rather than inside.

    Some years ago, an idea was pushed on pastors across America that we should market the church by finding out what kind of church people would like to have and then giving consumers their desire. It was called the “seeker-sensitive church.” The seeker-sensitive term isn’t used as much anymore, but the larger idea isn’t dead. People use different terms today, but their meaning is the same—it’s up to us to define and reinvent the church to please our generation.

    I’m a firm believer, however, that since Christ is the owner of the church and since He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28), it is my responsibility to please Him above people.

    In this growth points video, I share several principles for cultivating a Saviour-sensitive church in this generation:

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    Note: In the video, I mention the small book The Saviour-Sensitive Church. For more information or to order from Striving Together Publications, click here

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  4. The Nuts and Bolts of a Prospect List

    March 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    I am finishing edits on my new book Out of Commission. Not only does this book deal with why Christians and local churches today are neglecting soulwinning, but it gives instruction on how to get back to making Christ’s last command our first priority. My goal is that this book be both motivational and practical.

    Below is an excerpt from the book describing how to use one of the most vital tools of a soulwinner—a prospect list.


    Our job as soulwinners is to sow the gospel seed—faithfully and regularly. Psalm 126:6 promises, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

    But not everyone is saved the first time the seed is sown in his heart. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Jesus told his disciples in John 4:34, “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

    The soil of many hearts requires cultivating to produce a harvest. If, when we encounter hearts that need to be cultivated, we simply race on to sow the gospel in more places, we’ll neglect relationships God would use to produce spiritual fruit.

    Fruitful soulwinners cultivate relationships. And every consistently fruitful soulwinner whom I have known has consistently used some form of a prospect list as a tool to cultivate these relationships. (more…)

  5. 12 Myths of Pastoral Leadership

    February 19, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    The problem with myths is their sly way of embedding themselves into your assumptions. They just become part of your thinking without your realizing it.

    Some of the myths below are commonly-held pastoral beliefs that we pastors have held without comparing them to Scripture. Others are commonly-held beliefs that we would never give voice to, but nonetheless, we act as if we do indeed believe them. How many of these have worked their way into your life and ministry? (more…)