1. Growth Points 74: Three Attributes of a Great Year

    January 12, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    When I think about a great ministry or a great minister, I think of John the Baptist. Jesus Himself called John and his ministry great: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28).

    John wasn’t as concerned with being relevant to his culture as he was with being in touch with God. It was his heart for God and the way he uncompromisingly shared God’s message that set him apart.

    In this growth points video, I share three characteristics from John the Baptist’s life of what brings greatness—in an individual life, a church, or a ministry.


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  2. Where Grace Abounds

    January 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    Each year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we introduce a new theme for the year to our church family on Vision Sunday. Primarily we do this through the Sunday messages in which the theme is shared from a biblical text and then, in Sunday evening’s message, developed into ministry goals for the coming year.

    But one of the most memorable ways we introduce the theme is through teaching our church family a new chorus (typically written by our music team) based on the theme.

    Our theme for 2017 is “By Grace,” and below is a video from our 2017 Vision Sunday as the ensemble sings the new chorus “Where Grace Abounds.” (Click here for the sheet music.) I’d like to invite you to learn this song and come sing it with us at Spiritual Leadership Conference this year—June 11–14, 2017.


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  3. 5 Free Resources for Your New Year

    January 7, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    If you’re looking for encouraging, yet intensely-practical and thoroughly-biblical, resources to help you move forward for God in this New Year, here are five completely free resources that I believe could be a help to you: (more…)


  4. 7 Practices to Build into Your Annual Calendar

    December 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    If planning counts as productivity, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is my most productive! This is my week for setting goals and planning out the “big rocks” in my calendar for the coming year.

    I have found that if I am to wisely steward the multiple roles God has entrusted to me—including husband, dad, grandfather, pastor, college president, friend, and more—it helps if I set aside blocks of time for what is central to meeting these roles.

    In other words, I can’t just hope it will all get done or assume my calendar will clear throughout the year. I need to be intentional about carving out time for what God has entrusted to me to accomplish.

    Here are some I work in every year. (If you’re not a pastor, yours will be a little different, but hopefully this list will give you a clearer picture of what yours would be.) (more…)


  5. 6 Ways to Help your Children Love Being in Ministry (even during the holidays)

    December 21, 2016 by Paul Chappell

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    The Christmas/New Year’s season is incredibly busy if you are a pastor or ministry leader. Not only are there special church programs and services, but December is also a full month for outreach, weddings, school events…and all while you are wrapping your mind around planning and casting vision for a new year.

    It can be easy to put your family in the back seat—or at least on autopilot—as you prepare, preach, and work to focus forward.

    Some people even go so far as to suggest that ministry and family don’t mix. This is something our four adult Children who are serving the Lord disagree with, but that is in a large part due to Terrie’s work through the years to seize Christmas and New Years as memory-making times.

    It is true, however, that you do need to be intentional about making the holiday season special for your family even in the midst of such busyness.

    What can you do to make this “most wonderful time of the year” wonderful for your children as well? (more…)