1. 7 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Love the Ministry

    July 27, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Two of the questions that I’m often asked is how a spiritual leader can keep his family a priority in the ministry and how we can encourage our children so they don’t feel resentful toward the ministry.

    By God’s grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are serving in full time, local church ministry. Terrie and I praise the Lord for that, and we know it is due to God’s grace in their lives.

    There were a few intentional actions on our part that I believe were helpful in our family life during the years that our children were in our home. (more…)

  2. A Free Toolbox—Spiritual Leadership Conference Session Downloads

    June 29, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    As laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), it is imperative that we, as spiritual leaders, are not simply maintaining the work of God, but that we are building.

    At Spiritual Leadership Conference 2015, our theme was from Jesus’ words, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Each service and session was filled with biblical truth on building in the local church.

    Videos of all the services as well as mp3 audio downloads of the workshop sessions are available—all for free.

    The sessions include a wide variety of topics in the following areas: (more…)

  3. 3 Views from 29 Years: A Message to Lancaster Baptist Church and Fellow Pastors

    June 14, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Today we celebrate twenty-nine years of ministry at Lancaster Baptist Church. (Wow, that’s hard to believe!)

    It’s been a journey of faith, growth, and, in general, complete awe at God’s greatness. He’s done more than we ever dreamed He would, and we give Him glory for it!

    As we celebrate as a church family today, we look back in gratitude, look around in awe, and look forward in faith.

    We look back in gratitude.

    Although time has flown and it hardly seems twenty-nine years since we began this journey together, God truly has done amazing things over these past years.

    I remember that first Sunday night in the upstairs room of our building downtown. There were about a dozen of us there, and I preached from Philippians 1:27, challenging our small church family to be “striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

    My highest hope in those days was that one day, just maybe, our church would have one hundred people. And now, every week, the Lord gives our church the opportunity to see people saved and baptized and to minister to thousands of people. (more…)

  4. Help for Building Local Churches via Live Stream and Smart Phones

    June 13, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    There are some things you can’t learn via YouTube videos. Significant construction would be one of those. I mean, you could probably find a YouTube video on building a dog house, but beyond that, I’m not sure your best place for construction instruction is going to be online.

    But you could gain help online. Which is what we pray the live stream of Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15 will be for those who tune in.

    Throughout this year’s conference, you can access the live stream at lbclive.tv. All of the preaching services and the general sessions will be streamed. Below is a schedule for what will be live streamed the next few days. (A full conference schedule is available at slconference.com.) (more…)

  5. 5 Ways to Get More out of Any Conference

    June 10, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    The best conferences have significant levels of preparation invested ahead of time by those hosting the conference. From the speakers to facilities to schedules to a million other areas of detail, a well-planned and thoroughly-prepared conference will be more effective in presenting truth in a way that delegates can easily assimilate.

    That said, however, not all delegates of the same conference will receive equal value. Some, simply by deliberate actions on their part, will be able to glean more from attending the conference than they would if they had simply shown up.

    What can you do to gain the most benefit from a conference? Below are five suggestions. And because the conference our church hosts, Spiritual Leadership Conference ’15, is just a few days away, I’m applying each of these tips to next week’s conference: (more…)