1. 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…)

  2. 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…)

  3. Read Out of Commission before It Ships

    May 12, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Hard copies of my newest book, Out of Commission, will be available May 27. But beginning this week, Striving Together has opened the book for presales with bonuses for purchasing early.

    One of these presale bonuses is a free ebook copy—available for immediate download! (Other bonuses include free tracts and quantity discounts.) For more information or to order your copy, visit Striving Together Publications.

    Please pray with me that the Lord will use this book to reignite a passion for the lost and a commitment to obeying the Great Commission among Christians and churches around the world.

  4. Preview Chapter of Unreleased Book

    May 9, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Late last summer I began writing Out of Commission, a book that I pray will help many Christians and local churches to make Christ’s last command our first priority.

    Out of Commission is unique in that it is the first comprehensive book I’ve written on soulwinning. It identifies both problems and solutions—why we don’t evangelize as we should and what we can do about it. It is both diagnostic and practical.

    It’s also unique in that, as a guide book, it is not written only to pastors or church leaders, and neither is it written only to new soulwinners. It is for pastors and church members alike—for anyone and everyone who desires to obey the Great Commission.

    This book releases at the end of May, with presales (including special offers) beginning early next week. I’m excited about it’s release, and I’d like to make the first chapter, entitled “The Cost of Neglect,” available even before the book is back from press. (more…)

  5. 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…)