1. When Seventh Graders Surrender to the Ministry

    April 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Last night was a highlight for Terrie and me and our church family as we had the ordination service for our youngest son, Matthew.

    I remember almost fifteen years ago, as I prayed through a stack of decision cards from teens at our youth conference who had surrendered to full-time gospel ministry and came a name that brought great joy: Matthew Chappell.

    yc-decision-cardI look back over the years since then, and I know that where Matt is today is the fruit of so many investments. It’s the fruit of every Sunday school teacher, Christian school teacher, youth worker, West Coast Baptist College faculty and staff, and the Lancaster Baptist Church deacons and church family who have loved our family and encouraged our children.

    After high school, Matt attended West Coast Baptist College where he met his wife, Katie. For the past five years, Matt and Katie have served with my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell, in Oceanside, California.

    As my brother attested to last night, Matt has been diligent in his calling, and the hand of God and fruit of ministry is evident in his life. Matt and Katie have led dozens of teens to Christ through public high school ministry. They’ve established Bible clubs in area high schools. They’ve developed a youth ministry at Coastline Baptist and invested in teens to nurture their walk with God. (more…)


  2. How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Church Staff

    April 18, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’ve served the Lord any length of time, you know that the outward expressions of service don’t guarantee a consistent heart for the Lord.

    The same is true of serving on a church staff. Being in the ministry is not a guarantee that you will be strong as a Christian or that you will be diligent in the spiritual disciplines of following God and serving His people. In fact, in some ways, serving in an official ministry position (paid or volunteer) makes you more of a target for Satan’s attacks. For if you fall, you’re influencing others.

    So how do you avoid being a casualty in ministry? How do you avoid washing out along the way? Here are eight ways to avoid some of the common pitfalls: (more…)


  3. 7 Ways to Engage a Church in Regular Outreach

    April 1, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Special days, such as Easter Sunday, are a great time for extensive soulwinning in your community.

    But sharing the gospel is not just a once-or-twice-a-year responsibility for the local church. It is to be our great priority. It is the mission with which Christ left us.

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20

    If your church is going to be consistently focused in soulwinning, thorough in saturating your community with the gospel, and diligent in follow up, you will need a soulwinning director—someone to coordinate the soulwinning efforts of the church family.

    This may be a paid staff member or a layperson. It may even be, as it was for our church in the early years, the pastor.

    How can a soulwinning director effectively engage the church family in outreach? Below are seven practices: (more…)


  4. My Prayer for Spiritual Leadership Conference

    March 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    By now, preparations for Spiritual Leadership Conference in June are underway at a weekly—even daily—level.

    But even as we prepare the conference details and logistics, I’m asking the Lord to work in this conference this year in three very specific ways:

    Repentance resulting in humility

    As preachers, we’re often urging others to repent. We deliver God’s Word and ask people to respond by humbling themselves and receiving God’s grace.

    But if we’re not regular repenters ourselves, we become proud. And when we’re proud, God resists us. (more…)


  5. 5 Traits of an Effective Overseer

    February 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Have you ever delegated a responsibility to someone who didn’t follow through? Or who didn’t care to do it the way you wanted it done?

    God has made pastors overseers of His flock. (By extension, this applies also to staff who assist the pastor.)

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.—Acts 20:28

    Since the Holy Spirit has so entrusted us by delegating to us the responsibility to lead and serve His people, should we not be sure we are effective in this aspect of our role? That we are leading in a way that mirrors the heart of Christ for His people?

    So what makes a leader an effective overseer? It is one who… (more…)