1. Update from Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia

    February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.

    And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.

    I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)

    Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)


  2. 7 Prayer Requests for Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia

    January 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:—2 Thessalonians 3:1

    That’s what we are praying for Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia February 1–3, 2016—that God’s Word would have freedom and work in lives.

    This conference is an undertaking of incredible magnitude, and we’re praying that it results in abundant fruit in one of the most needy areas of the world—the 10/40 window. This area contains over four billion people, and 95 percent of these are unreached with the gospel.

    The great need of the 10/40 window makes this area one of the most potentially influential in the spread of the gospel—the cutting edge region in worldwide missions harvest.

    Will you pray with us for this conference? And will you pray specifically for the following needs? (more…)


  3. 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…)


  4. Why I Recommend One Year of Bible College

    January 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s a conversation I’ve had many times:

    High Schooler: I don’t know what I should do when I finish high school. Maybe I should go to trade school or university.

    Me: Have you considered attending a year of Bible college?

    High Schooler: I don’t feel “called to ministry.” Wouldn’t that be like a waste of a year and of money?

    Me: No, and here’s why. (more…)


  5. 7 Ways to Ruin Momentum on a Local Church Staff Team

    January 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    One of the blessings of a new year is the sense of renewed energy and momentum that often comes with it. Many of us have recently set new goals or reset old ones and are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities of being used by God in the coming year.

    Yet, even as we gain momentum, Satan works to ruin it. And we can easily aid in that process if we don’t guard our hearts, serve as team players, and remain committed to serve.

    Here are some of the common ways a pastor or staff member can unintentionally ruin momentum on a church staff team: (more…)