1. Growth Points 54: Three Truths for Discipleship

    September 10, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Those of us who are passionate to see reproduction in local church ministry know that there is a process involved in Christian growth and maturity. This is true whether we are talking about a new Christian developing into a leader within the church or a young man who is called into the ministry developing into the ability to serve as a pastor.

    Philippians 4:9 gives us this necessary process for discipleship: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

    And yet, too often, we become one-dimensional in how we train new Christians and develop new leaders. If we neglect—or only partially fulfill—any of the process, we end up with only partially-matured Christians.

    In this week’s Growth Points video, I invite you to look with me at the three-fold process the Apostle Paul followed as he discipled others.


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  2. 20 Reasons I’m Glad We Started West Coast Baptist College

    September 1, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    WCBC

    Twenty years ago this very week the doors of West Coast Baptist College swung open to the first group of forty-three students.

    Today, WCBC’s doors swing open for the twentieth opening day of a new academic year of training laborers for His harvest.

    As I look back over the past twenty years, there have been plenty of burdens that are a direct result of opening WCBC. There have been financial needs, criticism we would not have received if we didn’t have the college, an administrative load, and many extra hours of prayer, planning, and labor.

    Has it been worth it? I say yes! This week I jotted down a quick list—in no particular order—of reasons I’m glad we started WCBC: (more…)


  3. Into the Harvest: The Purpose of West Coast Baptist College

    May 7, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Since West Coast Baptist College opened its doors in 1995, our goal has never been students, but graduates. Although graduates must first be students, our focus is getting laborers out to the harvest field.

    By the grace of God and to His glory, there are currently almost 1,600 WCBC alumni serving the Lord around the globe. After today’s commencement exercises, that number will jump to over 1,800 alumni. We praise the Lord for the opportunity today to send the largest graduating class yet into the Lord’s harvest.

    As I was praying for this graduating class of 2014, I reviewed our college purpose statement and thought, with thankfulness, of so many of our graduates who are living this out in their ministries today:

    We exist to develop servant leaders with a heart for God who are committed to the Word, compassionate toward the lost, and compelled to change communities for Christ.

    Indeed, we need these kinds of leaders today: (more…)


  4. 4 Reasons to Join Us on the Alaska Cruise

    April 25, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    Alaska-Cruise

    In just over three months our ministry is hosting an adventure of a lifetime—a cruise through the magnificent beauty of Alaska.

    The cruise takes place August 9–16, and there are plenty of reasons to jump on board. Here are just four:

    1. Breathtaking Beauty—Together we will depart from Seattle and enjoy seven days cruising the untouched natural beauty of Alaska—visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Sawyer Glacier, Skagway, and Victoria, BC. We will experience the awesome majesty of God’s creation up close.
    2. Fellowship with Christian Friends—Bible-believing Christians across the country take part in this adventure, making it a time of sweet Christian fellowship where friendships are forged.
    3. Inspiring preaching and worship services—There’s nothing like being surrounded by the magnificence of God’s creation and then joining with others in worship. Each evening we will have encouraging music and helpful preaching. Special music will be provided by the Blunkall family and a West Coast Baptist College tour group. As the cruise host, I will be speaking, along with Dr. David Gibbs Jr., Dr. R.B. Ouellette, Dr. Dave McCoy, and Dr. Don Sisk.
    4. Memories of a lifetime—The trip is rich history in and memory-making opportunities. From whale sightings to fishing to on-shore excursions, this is a trip of unforgettable experiences. (View a full cruise itinerary at wcbc.edu/alaska-cruise.)

    This is our third time to host this adventure, and the first two trips were unforgettable. I hope you’ll consider joining us for this spiritually refreshing and absolutely awe-inspiring trip!

    To register or to find out more about the cruise, please visit www.wcbc.edu/alaska-cruise or give us a call at 800.688.6329 x135. Templeton Tours, our travel partner in this trip, has a flexible payment plan that will help you prepare for the journey.


  5. Ministry Moment: Ordination of WCBC Korean Graduates

    October 10, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    Ordination

    Thirty-five years ago, my parents went to South Korea as missionaries. I was a young teenager at the time, and this was a difficult transition for me. I missed America, and I wasn’t excited about living in Korea.

    As time unfolded, however, this move proved to be one of the greatest blessings of my life. In Korea, I surrendered my heart more fully to the Lord, and God confirmed His call on my life to serve in ministry. Additionally, lifelong friendships were forged that continue to this day. God gave me a love for Korean people and a broader perspective of the harvest fields of the world.

    It has been a joy for us to train a large number of Korean students at West Coast Baptist College. Last week, three of our finest graduates—Jonah Seo, Jimmy Pak, and Paul Choi—were ordained at Bible Baptist Church in Gardena, California. I was honored and delighted to be invited by Pastor Timothy Choi to preach their ordination service.

    All three of these men have the hand of God on their lives and are already seeing fruit in ministry as soulwinners and preachers of the gospel. Jonah Seo is already pastoring, Jimmy Pak serves as an assistant pastor at Bible Baptist, and Paul Choi serves as youth pastor now while preparing to plant a church in Irvine, California, next year. (more…)