1. Recommended Reading—New Resources from Striving Together Publications

    June 15, 2015 by Paul Chappell


    Over the past few weeks, Striving Together Publications has released several new resources that we believe will be tremendously helpful for Christians and local church ministry.

    The resources below will be featured at Spiritual Leadership Conference this week, but for those unable to attend the conference, I’d like to highlight them for you.

    Below is a brief description of each resource with a link for more information and availability to purchase from Striving Together.

    • Continue discipleship curriculum—This project has been in progress for over two years, and we were delighted to release it this spring. Beta tested here at Lancaster Baptist Church and now already being used around the country, we’re getting very positive feedback on this new discipleship curriculum. (I wrote a separate post about it a few weeks ago.)
    • Order in the Church, 2nd EditionIt’s hard to believe, but this was the very first book published through Striving Together Publications—over ten years ago! Revised and updated this summer, we believe this second edition is even more helpful. It is streamlined and includes additional ministry opportunities we’ve developed over the past ten years. This edition also includes access to online downloads.
    • Where Only God Could Lead: The Life Story of Don SiskIf you know Dr. Don Sisk, you know that his biography could be nothing less than inspiring. If you don’t know him, you need to! Written by a gifted communicator, Cary Schmidt, this record of how God molded and directed a life over eighty years and has been expanding and leading a man’s ministry over sixty years will encourage and challenge your faith.
    • Lessons from the Road: A Study of the Gospel of MarkThis resource was compiled and written by my brother, Pastor Stephen Chappell, from a verse-by-verse series of messages he preached on the Gospel of Mark. It would be tremendously helpful either for personal Bible study or for sermon preparation from Mark.
    • The Plan B PrayerIn this insightful study of Psalm 90, Pastor Tim Zacharias transparently shares experiences from his life that have given him personal understanding of what it means to walk through difficult times. In these pages, you’ll find encouragement and application that will strengthen your hope and deepen your understanding of God.  Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter prompt reflection or aid discussion for individual or group study.
    • Strengthen Your HandsA compilation of ten practical lessons from the book of Nehemiah, I wrote this minibook to encourage godly leaders to remain strong in the work of the Lord.
    • Save the DayThis minibook, written by my wife Terrie, draws practical truths from “a wise woman” in 1 Chronicles 20 on applying God’s wisdom to life struggles.
    • Know that You KnowIn this minibook, Evangelist Paul Schwanke leads readers through the the truths of 1 John, examining the sources of doubt, the evidences of salvation, the promises of God, and the assurance available to every believer in Christ.
    • Securely WomanWritten by Karen Hightower, this book introduces the biblical principle of femininity and suggests simple, practical ideas for embracing Christian womanhood.
    • Consider Christ curriculumThis thirteen-lesson study is designed to focus students’ thoughts on Christ, resulting in renewed minds and refreshed joy.
    • Transforming Truths curriculumThis new series by Dr. Jim Schettler explores thirteen loved and well-known verses with an emphasis on practical application.
    • Stories of Grace, Volume 2 children’s curriculumThe second lesson set in a series featuring Bible stories every child should know, these thirteen lessons focus on the lives of prominent New Testament Bible characters. Also available are supplementary flashcards and a ministry resource download.
    • Student Planner 2015–16Featuring month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance pages with encouraging Scriptures and motivating quotes, this student planner will help junior high and high school students mange their assignments and schedules. Used in Christian schools across America and as gifts for youth group attendees, this resource makes a great gift from teachers and youth leaders.

    We’re praying that the Lord will use each of these to encourage spiritual growth and equip saints for the work of the ministry.

  2. More than a Cliché: How Godly Leaders Remain Strong in the Work of the Lord

    June 2, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Strengthen Your Hands minibook

    There are some phrases we’ve turned into something like cliché prayers. That is, we say them without really giving thought to the specifics of what we’re asking or the practical ramifications of what they may entail.

    “Bless all the missionaries” is a good for instance.

    Another may be, “God, please give us strength.”

    The truth is, we do need strength. As spiritual leaders, we have monumental tasks before us. Whether you are a parent, teacher, pastor, Sunday school class teacher, ministry helper, or any Christian leading others in any area, you have been entrusted with responsibilities beyond human ability—reaching the world with the gospel, shepherding young hearts for God, changing lives, building a church, nurturing spiritual growth. And with each of these responsibilities comes obstacles unique to your situation.

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed and to find ourselves weak in the most vital callings. After all, what is one person against so great a task? (more…)

  3. Introducing “Continue”—a New Discipleship Resource

    May 21, 2015 by Paul Chappell

    Continue Discipleship

    I am very excited to announce the release of an all-new discipleship curriculum, written here at Lancaster Baptist Church: Continue: a personal journey in biblical discipleship.

    This resource has been in progress for over two years and is the compilation of hundreds of hours of developing and beta testing.

    You can download a sample lesson, but I’d also like to give you an overview of what makes this curriculum uniquely suited to local church discipleship:


    As we developed this course, there were several big-picture details that were important to us: (more…)

  4. The Challenge of Christmas Curriculum

    October 24, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    A Season to Celebrate

    The last six weeks of every year—from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s—are full of incredible reminders of God’s presence and goodness.

    But these weeks also tend to be incredibly busy and demanding. It’s easy to spend these weeks pulled from one special ministry event or family celebration to the next with no time to breathe in between. For many the season simply passes by in a blur of activity and hurry.

    Add to that the pressure as a teacher or preacher of preparing holiday-themed lessons or messages—multiple years in a row to the same people—and there is another demand on a full calendar season.

    Yet, for Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas ought to be two of the most celebrated and reflected upon holidays of the year. And the New Year ought to be approached with renewed dedication to the Lord, not frazzled leftovers from a stressed out month.

    It is for these reasons that I recently wrote a brand new adult Sunday school curriculum—A Season to Celebrate: Experience God’s Grace in the Busyness of the Season. I am so excited about releasing this mini-series, and I pray it will be a help and blessing to teachers and students alike. (more…)

  5. Introducing a New Soulwinning Resource

    October 6, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    I am so excited to make available a new soulwinning resource from Striving Together Publications—Paid in Full: Your Debt, God’s Payment.

    This small minibook is written directly to an unsaved person. It explains salvation simply and engages with the reader conversationally. In clear, easy-to-understand (but not over-simplified) terms, it lays out our need for a Saviour and presents the freely offered gift of eternal life. The book extends an invitation to the reader to accept Christ, and a concluding chapter briefly covers assurance of salvation and eternal security.

    Over the years, we’ve published similar tools (such as Done and One Thing) and have received strong, positive feedback—from soulwinners and directly from readers. I’m thankful to add another resource to this collection, and, of course, I plan to use this in my personal outreach. (more…)