1. Young Leaders Who Question Their Heritage (an infographic)

    February 12, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    How I Talk to Young Leaders Who Question Their Heritage

    As younger leaders engage in the ministry, they bring a set of fresh questions and concerns. Questions are healthy and good—they prove a leader is thinking.

    Sometimes, however, I’ve watched older preachers blow off the questions of young men, responding with a spirit of pride, feeling offended that the younger generation would dare question our practices.

    I believe, however, that I want to be part of this conversation. When those of us who have pastored for many years are solidly grounded in our position, questions are not a threat; they are a chance to explain the legitimacy of what we believe and practice.

    There may be a few younger leaders posing questions who have already chosen a pathway to New Evangelicalism. We must realize, however, that most young leaders are simply doing what we did at their age—trying to determine their ministry philosophy.

    Some younger leaders feel they cannot ask sincere questions or pose genuine dialogue lest their intentions be misunderstood. I believe that honest questions and transparent answers are vital marks of authenticity, and I wrote about this in chapter eight of The Road Ahead: 10 Steps to Authentic Ministry for Independent Baptists.

    The infographic below expresses what I believe is a biblical pattern for interaction with young leaders in ministry. (more…)

  2. An Accountability Tool for Life Stewardship

    December 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    I’m excited about the release of the Stewarding Life Planner because it addresses a core set of every spiritual leader’s greatest needs—personal balance, time management, and life stewardship.

    In a previous post I described the core components of this resource including the training and tools it provides in identifying biblical roles, setting goals, and my personal stewardship journal. I believe it will be helpful to any Christian who is serious about stewarding their life for God.

    Because life stewardship is so vital for spiritual leaders, I’ve asked the men on our staff to use the Stewarding Life Planner this coming year with an accountability partner. I gave each of them a copy and a personal accountability partner. My partner is Dr. Don Sisk.

    Each month, we will meet with our partners to share prayer requests and discuss our God-given roles (the book explains how to identify these roles), our devotional life, and how we’re stewarding the roles and responsibilities God has given us. (more…)

  3. Introducing a New Resource: the Stewarding Life Planner

    December 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    fresh approach to life stewardship

    It seems that everywhere I go I get asked similar questions:

    • How do you organize your life?
    • How do you plan your time?
    • How do you determine your priorities?

    These are excellent questions—questions, in fact, to which I’ve sought answers for years.

    After writing the book Stewarding Life two years ago, I began looking to develop a personal resource that would serve as a tool to put life stewardship principles into practice on a daily basis. The result was the Stewarding Life Planner. (more…)

  4. New Release: A Word to the Wise (with Special Offers for the Wise)

    November 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    If there is one asset we need on a daily basis, it is wisdom. Throughout Scripture, and particularly in Proverbs, God makes His wisdom available to us.

    For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading a chapter from Proverbs each day, reading through the entire book every month. In A Word to the Wise: Practical Advice from the Book of Proverbs I’ve written a devotional reading from the book of Proverbs for every day of the year. I’ve also included cross-references from many other portions of Scripture as well as a Bible reading schedule at the bottom of each page that will lead you through the entire Bible in one year.

    The emphasis in these devotions is on application, and each reading concludes with a distilled truth that you can apply immediately to your life. (For examples, you can see dailyintheword.org/today.)

    The text for each day’s reading actually corresponds to the chapter in Proverbs that matches the day of the month. (For instance, the devotion for January 1 comes from Proverbs 1, the devotion for July 16 comes from Proverbs 16, etc.) (more…)

  5. Growth Points 35: Two Resources for Baptist Pastors

    July 22, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Striving Together has recently published quite a few new resources. But there are two in particular that I want to ask you to consider.

    The first is a free resource: America Tomorrow. You can hear the entire material taught and download the companion book here.

    The second is my newest book The Road Ahead. I believe this book will help us as biblical Baptists to address issues that are being discussed whether we address them or not, and then to rightly respond to those issues.

    In this week’s Growth Points video, I share more information about both of these resources and why I believe they will be a help to you and to your ministry.

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

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