1. Growth Points 72: Restoring and Maintaining Passion in Ministry

    October 17, 2016 by Paul Chappell

    Anyone in ministry can testify that there are intense seasons that deplete you physically, spiritually, or emotionally. It is during these times that we have to learn specifically what it takes to maintain the passion that we’ll need to continue serving the Lord the next day, the next week, and for the next season of ministry.

    I don’t want to serve God’s people from an empty tank. Of course, even the world knows the importance of rest and doing what you can to maintain your health. But beyond that, how can Christian leaders restore and maintain their passion for the Lord and His work? In this growth points video, I share four ways which I have needed to remember in recent days. I hope they are a blessing to you.

    (If you you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)

  2. 3 New Testament Essentials for Nurturing Growth in New Christians

    October 14, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    One of the great joys of an intense season of outreach, such as our church just conducted for Open House Sunday, is following up on new Christians.

    There is nothing more rewarding than to come alongside a new Christian and help ground him in God’s Word, encourage his faith, and guide him in new patterns of Christian living.

    And there is nothing more needed for that young Christian either. Spiritual maturity, like physical maturity, doesn’t take place overnight. Neither does it take place the moment a person is baptized or attends three church services in a row. It takes long-term commitment from spiritual leaders to help someone grow in their faith.

    Young Christians need an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement. Throughout the New Testament, we see specific ways to nurture growth in young Christians. (more…)

  3. 6 Places to Find Soulwinning Prospects

    October 6, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    We know that Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). But sometimes we forget that He actively sought those who were lost.

    For Jesus, gospel outreach was no passing interest or occasional hobby. He looked for lost people and personally brought them the message of salvation through Himself.

    And He calls us to do the same: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).

    We know that everywhere around us there are people in need of the gospel. But where specifically—or how specifically—can you find people with whom you can share the message of salvation? (more…)

  4. 4 Ways You Can Promote Grace in Ministry

    September 29, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    Would you like your ministry to be full of grace? Your life? Your relationships?

    Over the past few posts, I’ve shared the importance of motivating by grace, letting God’s grace work, and hindering grace. This is the last in what has turned into a mini-series on grace.

    In the previous post, we noted four ways we hinder God’s grace. We boiled them all down to one—pride—and saw then that the answer is to humble ourselves.

    But if we could name several manifestations of pride that hinder God’s grace, are there not also several ways we can express the humility that invites God’s grace? (more…)

  5. 4 Ways to Block God’s Grace in Your Ministry

    September 26, 2016 by Paul Chappell


    We often talk about what God’s grace does for us. And, truly, it is abundant.

    We talk about how greatly we need it in ministry. And we do.

    But have you ever considered if you might be preventing God’s grace from working in your heart? If you might be blocking its flow in your ministry?

    Scripture tells us that we can hinder the work of grace. How? (more…)