1. Building Trust in the Church

    July 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Every godly pastor labors to build a foundation of trust in the local church—between the people and God, the people and their pastor, and the people one with another.

    But what do you do when that trust is challenged? When it is craftily undermined? When poor decisions of judgment are made as a result?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Pastor Doug Fisher lifts a familiar story from the pages of the Old Testament of an unlikely character who exemplifies how to keep the big picture when trust in a relationship has been challenged.

    Doug Fisher has served as the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, California, for thirty years. His transparent approach on the realistic issues of trust in the local church will be a help to you.

    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here. If you would like to download an audio mp3 of this message, you can do so here.)

    Note: All messages and videos from Spiritual Leadership Conference 2014 are available here.

  2. Growth Points 52: What It Takes to Strive Together

    July 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    One of my favorite verses is Philippians 1:27: “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

    When you think about the phrase in that verse “striving together,” you think first of the object of our labor—the gospel message. Why do we strive? For the faith of the gospel!

    But these words “striving together” also highlight the spirit of the work. Not only is what we strive for important, but how we strive makes a difference.

    In this growth points video, I’d like to take a look with you at these two words—striving together—and how they touch on the heart of ministry. What does it take to strive together? And why does it matter?

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

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  3. 5 Ways to Use the Spiritual Leadership Conference Free Workshop Downloads

    June 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Every year, the workshops at Spiritual Leadership Conference cover a wide range of topics and provide many practical helps. This year, however, although we offered more workshops than ever before, we divided them into just two tracks—workmen of God and works of God. Every workshop was focused on providing renewal in one (or both) of these two areas.

    If you were able to attend the conference, you know that between the variety of the topics and the experience of the speakers, there was practical encouragement and help for everyone.

    The good news is that all of these workshops are available for free download at strivingtogether.com. I suggest five ways these downloads may be helpful to you: (more…)

  4. Hot Off the Press: New Resources from Striving Together Publications

    June 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Each year, we work to prepare new resources from Striving Together for release at Spiritual Leadership Conference, and I’m very excited about the brand new resources that are releasing this summer.

    These books, minibooks, and curriculum (including the first quarter in a brand new children’s series) answer needs many have asked us to publish towards. One of the highlights this year for me is the teen curriculum my sons, Matthew and Larry Chappell, first wrote for the youth groups they lead and are now publishing.

    Below is a brief description of each resource with a link for more information and availability to purchase from Striving Together. We’re praying that the Lord will use each of these to encourage spiritual growth and equip saints for the work of the ministry. (more…)

  5. 10 Ways to Know if You Should Read Out of Commission

    May 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    As I wrote my newest book, Out of Commission, I had a specific audience in mind—you!

    Seriously, I wrote this book for both pastors and laypeople with the goal of encouraging and equipping all of us in making Christ’s last command our first priority.

    If you’re wondering if this book is indeed for you (or if it would be a good read for someone you know), here are ten ways to know: (more…)