Ralph Moore is the senior pastor of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii and the founder of Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach, California. His ministry now spans more than 700 churches on six continents. Pastor Moore travels extensively, teaching pastors and church leaders biblical models for spreading the gospel and building Christ's kingdom. He and his wife, Ruby, have two adult children who are also involved in church multiplication.
Starting a New Churchby Ralph Moore
According to the author, perhaps our greatest responsibility is to evangelize our own generation. Yet established churches are not able to do that. In fact, rising generations of Americans live in ignorance of Jesus Christ and have no moral absolutes. Aggressive church planting, the author believes, is the answer to the problem, because new churches focus on the needs of each new generation and present biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches those people. The objectives of this book are to lay down the challenge to consider becoming a church planter while at the same time screen out wishful thinking and focus on the practical challenges of church planting. This authoritative and edgy message is the next thing in evangelism.
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Ralph Moore is indeed a great church planter. He has done most of his work in the poor areas of Hawaii. He tells of the reasons why to start a church, the limitations, and a bit about the practicalities. It seems to be a formula that works for him -- and probably some others. But it is a limited scope. I would recommend this book if you are a pastor and a lay person in a denomination that you can become a pastor easily and want to start a church where others would not go. Great advice and inspiration on that front. But if you want to start a church in heartland of America -- the advice and inspiration are a bit thin.