1. The Nuts and Bolts of a Prospect List

    March 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    I am finishing edits on my new book Out of Commission. Not only does this book deal with why Christians and local churches today are neglecting soulwinning, but it gives instruction on how to get back to making Christ’s last command our first priority. My goal is that this book be both motivational and practical.

    Below is an excerpt from the book describing how to use one of the most vital tools of a soulwinner—a prospect list.


    Our job as soulwinners is to sow the gospel seed—faithfully and regularly. Psalm 126:6 promises, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

    But not everyone is saved the first time the seed is sown in his heart. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Jesus told his disciples in John 4:34, “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

    The soil of many hearts requires cultivating to produce a harvest. If, when we encounter hearts that need to be cultivated, we simply race on to sow the gospel in more places, we’ll neglect relationships God would use to produce spiritual fruit.

    Fruitful soulwinners cultivate relationships. And every consistently fruitful soulwinner whom I have known has consistently used some form of a prospect list as a tool to cultivate these relationships. (more…)

  2. First Things Second?

    February 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    I’m writing a book titled Out of Commission. This is the first book I’ve written that deals comprehensively with the philosophy of soulwinning, why our local churches are neglecting it in this day, and how we can get back to making Christ’s command our priority.

    If there is one thing I’ve learned regarding writing it is that priorities matter. The best of intentions don’t write books; only writing writes books.

    Similarly, the best of intentions in our soulwinning and outreach don’t get the job done. Only direct and active obedience to the command of Christ gets the job done. Below is an excerpt from the book that speaks to this very issue of priorities in evangelism. It will be a few weeks yet before the manuscript is completed, but I wanted to share this excerpt with you now:


    We live in a crazy busy time. We live at a faster, fuller pace than our grandparents would have believed possible—perhaps to our detriment. Whatever the case, we’re busy.

    There are so many urgent needs pulling us in so many directions—the greatest of these needs being reaching men and women for Christ. Christ commanded it in what we call “The Great Commission”:

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20

    This is our first priority, right? (more…)

  3. Growth Points 45: The Seed of Hope

    December 24, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Isn’t it amazing how the news of Jesus, which brings such peace and joy to our hearts, is increasingly troubling to the world in which we minister? This has been the case since the very first Christmas when Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” were troubled at the news of Christ’s arrival.

    In this growth points video, I’d like to remind you that when the seed of hope is planted into the hearts of troubled men, great things spring up for the glory of God.

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

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  4. Battle Mentalities

    November 15, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    Spiritual leadership is no walk in the park. It was never intended to be. It is a battle.

    When Paul wrote to Timothy to instruct him in church leadership, he admonished:

    Fight the good fight of faith…—1 Timothy 6:12

    We are in a war, and you and I are the soldiers.

    I’ve noticed, however, that among our ranks there are five distinct mentalities that we carry into battle: (more…)

  5. Love Worked!

    October 14, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    When we began the Love Works outreach a few weeks ago, we weren’t sure what the response would be.  After twenty-seven years of our fall outreach being doorknocking alone, it was exciting to see what would happen when we combined doorknocking with serving our community.

    In a word, the response was incredible!

    I can’t begin to describe what the Lord has done in our church and our community these past two weeks. I’m sure we haven’t yet seen a fraction of the fruit to come, and what we’ve already seen has been amazing.

    Yesterday morning we had our Love Works Sunday with a Neighborhood Barbecue following the service. I want to share what God did for us—how His love worked! (more…)