1. When Stress Renews

    August 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    It doesn’t take long for the ministry to wear us out—to break down our strength and bring us to a point of exhaustion. Physically, emotionally, spiritually—the ministry is draining.

    In my last post, I highlighted the importance of taking periodic time out of the current to renew from the rigors of ministry. But the truth is, God’s process of renewal doesn’t always come through less stress or work. In fact, if the Apostle Paul is an example, renewal often comes, not through relaxation, but through rigor. God sometimes brings stress into our lives for the very purpose of renewing us in His strength.

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Dr. John Goetsch brings us to 2 Corinthians 12 to discover God’s four-fold process of rigorous renewal.


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  2. 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.

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  3. An Alert to the Pulpit and the Pew

    June 30, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Do preachers make too much of preaching? Does biblical preaching amount to mere noise of the sort we’re always wanting to lessen in our busy lives?

    In this video, a morning sermon preached during Spiritual Leadership Conference, Dr. Sam Davison powerfully reasons from the Word of God on the importance of preaching and the resulting importance we should give it in sermon preparation, the act of preaching itself, and partaking of messages.

    In a culture that downplays the importance of preaching, writing it off as “foolishness,” this is a much-needed message. God Himself places high value on the action of preaching. If we lightly esteem something that God highly esteems, are we not lightly esteeming God?


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  4. 5 Ways to Use the Spiritual Leadership Conference Free Workshop Downloads

    June 26, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  5. Spiritual Leadership Conference: Monday Update and Tuesday Preview

    June 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    It’s hard to believe that we’re just beginning the second day of Spiritual Leadership Conference. Yesterday was full and blessed, and I’m looking forward to another full day today.

    Yesterday afternoon, we began the conference with our annual church planter’s luncheon. This time with church planters is always a highlight to me. As men around the room introduced themselves and told the cities where they are planting churches—from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast and a few foreign countries—it was a joy to see that God is still stirring men’s hearts for needy cities around the world.

    In yesterday evening’s service, we recognized the church planters again—some which did not arrive in time for the afternoon luncheon. Once again, it was a joy to see so many willing to step out in faith to plant churches. We need more church planters, and I want to do everything I can to encourage those willing to go.

    The evening’s theme was “Renewed in Our Soulwinning,” and our media department put together a video with testimonies of those saved recently through the soulwinning ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church. Many of those recently saved and discipled in our church then came on the platform as testimony to the fact that the gospel still works! In every city around the world, there are still people hungry for the truth of the gospel. We need renewed soulwinners who will be faithful witnesses of Christ’s salvation. (more…)