My wife, Ruby, and I started both Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach in California. Twelve years and 30 church plants later, we partnered with Aaron and Stephanie Suzuki and a team of 26 others to plant Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (now Anchor Church). Lately we and a wonderful team planted a new church, Hope Chapel Honolulu.
Besides being church planters, we are happy parents and grandparents. A former surfer, I occasionally get in the water with a stand-up paddle board. Currently, I mostly spend my free time walking, reading and hanging out at the pool.
Like A Coconut Tree…
After starting the launching the first church plant from our newly-planted congregation, a man named Jack Hayford prophesied that the ministry would become “like a coconut tree, dropping coconuts that took root around the world.” At the time, we lived in California and neither of us had ever seen a coconut tree.
That word picture accurately describes the “Hope Chapel movement.”Beginning with just 12 people, the ‘movement’ mushroomed to more than 2,200 churches worldwide. Most of these churches were planted by pastors who were discipled into ministry by someone in their home church.
More An Idea Than A Movement
Hope Chapel is more of an idea than a movement. It is simply people who make disciples who make disciples. Some of them plant churches, hence the multiplication. I don’t oversee a denomination, or even a structured effort. Any influence I have is relational or through whatever I may write on the web or in books. Technology has been good to us, supporting long-distance relationships and healthy communication.
As a writer, I focus on church multiplication along with it’s attendant challenges and opportunities. Because of a personal bout with panic/anxiety I write for pastors and leaders facing stress and burnout.
Like my preaching, the books attempt to deliver solid truth in a somewhat humorous and down-to-earth style. You can catch up with me at amazon.com/ralphmoore. Or download sermons at http://hopehonolulu.com/sermons . If you are interested in the Hope Chapel “movement” and understanding how a dozen people multiplied into more than 2,400 churches around the world, you may want to read “Let Go Of The Ring: The Hope Chapel Story.”
I currently travel (too much), training pastors and leaders with simple, no-cost tools for making disciples, training leaders in-house and multiplying churches. Most of this involves poorer nations or places where the gospel has lost it’s impact. I mostly work with young church planting networks (none of these figures into the tally of churches in the Hope Chapel movement). You can read about this on the “Mission Hope International” page on this site.
My goal is to bring Christ to the nations by helping small networks church planters morph into church multiplication movements.