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In addition to the blog and podcast, I’ve been counseling church teams at a price few can afford. The majority of church plants come from leaders of smaller churches. I’ve decided to focus my efforts in the direction of startup churches and smaller congregations. I also want to provide useful bits of help for church leaders in developing nations where money can be scarce, and internet access is often expensive.
You’ll gain insight to your rapidly changing world as I share wisdom accrued over five decades of change and tumult. Where others stumble over obstacles, I usually spot hidden opportunities to innovate.
Content will progress in a somewhat linear fashion with each module below, lasting between 4 and 7 weeks, depending on the need/interest.
- Embedding Multiplication Deep into Your Church Culture
- How to Plant/Launch Microchurches: A Primer for Leveraging Your Influence
- How to Start and Lead a Church in the Post-Evangelical Era
- Keep the Main Things the Main Things: Learning to Maximize Your Time Without Destroying Your Life
- Deep and Wide: Building Solid Bible Knowlege Without Boring People to Death
- Coaching for Leverage: Clutching the Opportunity to Leverage Your Gifts in Others
- Start Now to Leave a Legacy that Will Outlive You
- Maximizing Multiplication: Facing the Tensions Which Keep Most Leaders from the Prize
- Flex and Pivot to Embrace New Technology While Retaining a Biblical Mission and Strategy
- Bulletproofing Your Church: Learning to Avoid the People and Pitfalls that Defeat Church Planters
- Marriage and Ministry: Helping a Pastor’s Spouse Keep Meaning in Family, Church and Extended Ministry
- Your Money: Achieving Financial Freedom on A Pastor’s Salary
- Write That Book: Why and How Every Church Planter Can and Should Write a Semi-autobiography
- Hire, Fire and Manage in Between: Strategies and Tools to Ensure the Success of Those Who Work with You
- Church Money: How to Stay Out of Jail, Out of the News and In Trust with Your People
I began discipling/coaching four middle-school boys when I was just 19 years old. Those four morphed into a youth group where we ran a rudimentary disciplemaking program. It was a useful but scattered approach to making disciples. Also, we operated as knowledge gleaning programs learning amid deeper relationships – there is a big difference between the two processes.
After planting the first Hope Chapel, in 1971, I found myself making disciples relationally, but in a hodge-podge manner. Fruitful, but lacking integration and not the best use of time.
Several years later, I learned to make disciples around pre-arranged content–either a sermon or a chapter from a book. Our team then determined to coach in groups rather than individually. From there, we built a “disciplemaking continuum” involving hundreds of people in aligned and synchronized coaching groups. After this, church multiplication became a slam dunk.
After “retiring,” and with the advent of Zoom, I’ve coached leaders and teams for a few large churches. That’s great, and the results are satisfying. However, I want to offer what I can to the leaders of smaller congregations and newly planted churches. One particular concern is for our friends in developing nations – I’ve taught repeatedly in just under 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe. Many live under the twin shadows of persecution and poverty. One aspect of this regimen is to deliver quality help at a low cost.
What others say...
Steve Addison Author of The Rise and Fall of Movements
Long before I ever met Ralph Moore, he was my mentor. He mentored me from afar through the books he wrote and the example he set as a church planter, a pastor, and a movement leader. Then I met him and discovered the man behind the reputation. He's been a friend, an influencer and an encourager ever since.
Elwin Ahu Planter, Lead Pastor, Metro Christian Church, Honolulu
Ralph captures the essence of spiritual leadership - to lead with the heart and hands of Jesus and eyes focused on the Kingdom of God. As a mentor, he coached me in the essentials of church planting that continue bearing fruit today. The truths he shares have the power to transform the world.
Randy Boldt Founding member of Hope Chapels, Church Planter, Director of Crosspointe Ministries
Ralph Moore has been my mentor and role model for nearly 50 years. Since I was 16, his commitment to church planting and multiplication has shaped my understanding of the church and its mission. I still regularly catch myself, saying things he taught me. I can't recommend him highly enough.
FUMIKAZU CHITO PLANTER, LEAD PASTOR, CROSSROAD CHURCH, NISHINOMIYA JAPAN
Like a diligent gold miner, Pastor Ralph searches everywhere for future leaders, world changers, and kingdom builders. He found me, saw something in me, and made a leader out of me. If you want to make disciples, leaders, and heroes, ask him how - I doRead More
Eric Creekmore Director of Church Planting, Hill Country Bible Church Austin, TX
Ralph walked alongside our church as we worked on making the transition from a traditional "find and fund" method of church planting to developing our future planters from within the church. Leveraging his years of experience and wealth of stories, he was able to equip us to think differently about multiplication strategy, small groups and disciplemaking. Grateful for our season of Ralph's input and expertise.
Pete Dahlem Lead Pastor Harvest Mission Community Church, Ann Arbor, MI
God has gifted Ralph with the ability to mentor and empower pastors, and I've been the direct beneficiary of that over the past three years. Ralph helped me work through difficult questions in my ministry and pushed me to take the steps of faith that I knew the Lord led me to do. My church and I wouldn't be where we are without Ralph's investment in me as a leader.
Dr. Ryan Delamater Planter, Lead Pastor, OCNWTR Church, San Clemente, CA & El Salvador
In the last 50 years of church planting, there has been one straightforward original in a church culture full of celebrity-driven name dropping and its Ralph Moore. He helps our advisory team, and his input works. He's a personal mentor to me as we rapidly plant microchurches and provide fresh water through desalinization to villages worldwide.
Ethan Fernhaber President Multiply Indiana
Ralph Moore has inspired me and Multiply Indiana to commit to discipling 1M people in Indiana in this generation. His simplicity, passion, and methodical approach are absolutely refreshing. I would encourage anyone who wants to live out multiplication to spend as much time with him as possible.
John Honold Planter, Lead Pastor Pastor, Journey Church Hawaii, Church Planter, Consultant
Ralph is a catalytic Apostle committed to discovering, developing and releasing church planters. He has a proven set of core values that have not changed in the 35+ years I have known him. The key to his success in Christ is his "Barnabas-heart" (on steroids!) that sees incredible potential in all whom he mentors.
Pastor Yoji Horii Planter, Lead Pastor, Grace House, Tokyo
I have been connected with Pastor Ralph and his friends for three years. It is a great blessing for me to be part of the fellowship with pastors whom Ralph has mentored for many years. We are witnessing a growing momentum toward a church multiplication movement in Japan. The seeds Pastor Ralph has sown in the hearts of church leaders are sprouting out in Japan.
Surekha Hulugale Church Planter, Leader Foursquare Churches, United Kingdom
Having Ralph as a mentor & coach has been a tremendous benefit personally and on a denominational level. His practical approach to disciplemaking and church planting has enabled us to consistently grow and multiply our churches. He loves to help you dream and encourage dreams to become realities. I thoroughly recommend inviting Ralph into a coaching and mentoring role in your life.
Paul Jones Director, Foundry Multiplication Network, Detroit, MI
Ralph's knowledge and experience are both vast and deep. He will help develop practical applications to navigate any situation. Ralph's investment has helped me save time, energy, money, and avoid pitfalls. His coaching has been like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow; it is priceless.Read More
Peyton Jones Church Planter, Wales-United Kingdom, Content Director at Exponential.org
Ralph Moore is a walking legend. Many leaders who talk don't necessarily walk, but Ralph is a practitioner who has stayed in the game for 50 years. One of the essentials of a good mentor is that they are accessible. Ralph makes himself available because he cares about developing leaders and invests his entire life into their lives. Ralph will do more than disciple you; he will make you the disciplemaker he is.
Mike Kai Planter, Lead Pastor Inspire Churches, Hawaii
Ralph's ability to see the gold in someone before seeing it in themselves is a remarkable trait. In my case, he was able to evangelize me to faith in Christ, provided a pathway of discipleship through small groups and serving, hired me based upon my potential (with not much formal ministry experience), coached me for seven years on-the-job from part-time to full-time staff member, mentored me when I planted my church nineteen years ago…yes, I'd say he's a great coach for young church planters. By the way, "So You Want to Plant a Church" was written for me and with me in mind, 20 years ago!
Dr. Leslie Keegel Chairman, Foursquare Global Council, President, Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Sri Lanka
Ralph Moore is a special friend to me, a gifted coach and mentor. He has been a great contributor to our denominational conferences and conventions. His contribution to our teams in Sri Lanka is immensely valuable. I am glad he is launching a coaching initiative to birth new leaders. I recommend him and wish him well.
Antoine C. Lassiter Lead Pastor, Think Kingdom Church, Kannapolis, NC
Ralph coached me through the peaks and valleys of church planting and has been a steady calm voice in the noisy world of ministry. With his experience, knowledge, and insight, Ralph is the person you want and need in your corner to help you navigate the unique challenges church planters and pastors face.
Jeff MacKay Church Planter, Osaka Japan
I met Ralph at age 19. After finishing college, moved to Hawaii with his team to start churches. Ralph encouraged me to launch a youth ministry that exploded with growth and multiplied almost immediately. Later, part of that ministry morphed into Hope Chapel Mililani, Hawaii, with me as a planter. We grew as we multiplied pastors and MiniChurches within the congregation. In 1998 I moved to Japan as a serial planter – I would plant a church, raise a replacement and move on. I learned from Ralph to the art of disciplemaking, mentoring leaders, and giving away your best to support a new church. If Ralph becomes your mentor, you will learn to think outside the box and a little more like Jesus.
Dr. James Mc Elrath Lead Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church Honolulu, HI
Ralph Moore took a great personal interest in our church and in me as a pastor. He not only encouraged me right where I was but also helped me look ahead, towards the Biblical and Christ-honoring call to multiplication. Ralph was straight and honest with me about the challenges along the path to multiplication. He is generous with his time and attention. I recommend Ralph Moore without reservation as a coach and mentor for pastors fervently seeking what God would do in and through their churches.
Jim Millard President, Sunrise International Ministries, Tokyo, Eugene, OR
It is hard to find someone with a better track record of multiplying disciples and churches. Many pastors are talented speakers, but it is tough for ordinary people to do what they do. Ralph has a gift for equipping ordinary people grow as disciples and function in practical ministry. He makes things simple, doable and reproducible. Through Ralph's training, "lay people" continue to multiply churches around the globe. I have learned a lot from Ralph and will continue learning from Him.
Dr. Badamdorj J. Mongol Co-founder, Maranata Resource, Research and Training Center, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
If someone asks to name the most fruitful pastor in our lifetime, I proudly describe pastor Ralph Moore. We've known each other for two decades, and I've translated his books into Mongolian. Pastors in Mongolia highly respect Ralph as their key mentor on leadership and church planting. He is a humble servant of God, impacting hundreds of thousands for Jesus. The words he speaks and writes reflect his heart for pastors and care for His Kingdom.
Norman Nakanishi Planter, Lead Pastor, Pearlside Church, Honolulu
Ralph Moore is one of the best you can have in your corner if you are a church planter, leader or disciplemaker. He has a unique penchant for making things clear and straightforward, engendering faith that makes things doable for the everyday aspirant. As a coach, Ralph asks the hard questions that encourage us to think broadly. As a mentor, he is a guide and master of practical innovation and execution. Over 50 years of frontline ministry comes through in just about every area with transparency and authenticity.
Zac Nazarian Lead Pastor, Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, CA
Most pastors are ultimate self-learners. If you are like me, seminary taught me many wonderful things, but it didn't teach me how to be a pastor. That's where being in a good church 'fills in the gaps.' I was fortunate to have good, solid theological teaching, and the exposure to listening to Ralph, whose style is informal, gave me the resources necessary to follow him at Hope Chapel. I wholeheartedly commend Ralph as a pastoral coach. He not only mentored me but hundreds of others in the pastoral ministry. His vision for discipleship and church planting has been exceedingly fruitful.
Dr. Linda Oakland Planter/Lead Pastor, The Well, Los Angeles
Ralph has mentored me along with hundreds of other church planters in my circles. He's a great ministry coach. He gives equal support to men & women in church planting. This man is highly respected and regarded by his peers and both church and denominations across the world.
Myron Pierce Planter/Lead Pastor, Mission Church, Omaha, NE
After a few years of being coached by Ralph, I am convinced that he has helped to raise the level of my leadership. Ralph is a sage that any leader worth his or her salt would recognize and leverage. I am thankful for the gift he has been to the church!!!
Marc Renta Lead Pastor All Nations Fellowship
Ralph has been instrumental in my life and in the life of our ministry and church plants. We launched our first church in Japan based on the Bible, and his book, Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success. As a mentor and coach, Ralph put me in contact with key personnel in Japan, and he took the time from his tireless schedule to personally visit with me in Japan during his Asian trips.
Terry Risser Lead Pastor Florence Ave Foursquare Church, Downey, CA
Ralph Moore is a gift to pastors, church planters and ministry leaders. As a leader, author and planting mentor, he has significantly invested in my life as a spiritual role model, ministry strategist, and life teacher. His impact has been worldwide...one life at a time.
Ben Sandell Petrus Församling, Helsinki Finland
I've benefited considerably from Ralph's insights and his wisdom. Ralph is a rare voice in our time, combining years of practical experience of church-planting (and releasing people to do the same), with an in-depth knowledge of the scriptures and insight into what God is doing in the world today.
Shigeki Sato Lead Pastor, Hope Chapel Tokorozawa Japan
Ralph has a special gift of spotting potential leaders and giving them opportunities to emerge in actual church ministries. He has been an inspiration to the younger generation, including myself. I hope more people can learn from him on how to be hero-makers for the Kingdom.
Lee Schnabel Missionary training church planters in Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Peru
Ralph has an innate ability to diagnose church health issues and offers unique solutions that allow congregations to grow with fewer obstacles and broader outreach to their community. I have consulted with Ralph regarding critical issues of church multiplication in Latin America, and his advice has produced amazing breakthroughs!
Dimitri Stolyar Microchurch Planter, Sochi, Russia
My wife and I met Pastor Ralph in 2017 in St. Petersburg, where we had a training seminar on planting house churches, or microchurches. He shared the experience of more than 40 years. We launched our first microchurch a couple of days later, in St. Petersburg, with a family from Turkey. Then we started microchurch in Sochi, south of Ukraine. Since that time, he continues to support and encourage us.
PAUL SUZUKI PLANTER, LEAD PASTOR, LIFE CHAPEL, SHONANDAI JAPAN
Ralph is the most generous mentor and coach in my life, mainly because he is a great encourager. He has been coaching me from in Japan for more than 30 years. I was an insolated young boy when Ralph accepted and encouraged me. He enabled me to plant a church in the thorny soil of Japan by sharing biblical wisdom, insight and practical solutions.Read More
Dru Teves Planter, Lead Pastor, Aloha Church San Diego, CA
I have known Ralph Moore as my pastor since I was in high school. My entire family became believers at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay in the 1980s. I have known Ralph as our family pastor, church planter, a friend's dad, and now as my friend and mentor. Despite his experience, he is still learning new practices and technology from a new generation of leaders.
Jim Tolle City Missionary, El Camino Metro, Los Angeles
Ralph Moore is one of the most productive leaders of our time. His grasp of God's assignment is infinitely practical. Throughout his vast and successful experience as a church planter, pastor and conference speaker, Ralph has proven repeatedly that his coaching and mentoring efforts lead others into being fruitful, influential leaders in God's Kingdom.Read More
Guy Wasko Planter, Lead Pastor, Trinity Grace Church, New York, NY
I first met Ralph when I asked if I could sit next to a stranger at a conference. The man was kind, welcoming and engaging. After a few minutes, the facilitator introduced the guest speaker. It was Ralph. You don't often meet a leader as accomplished as Ralph, who is also humble, available and ready to serve others. If you're looking for veteran experience and wisdom without pretense and arrogance, Ralph is the mentor or coach for you!
Rob Wegner Planter, Director, Kansas City Underground
Ralph Moore has walked a road few have traveled in the Church in the West. Hope Chapel is a significant embodiment of Level Five Multiplication. With humility and wisdom, Ralph enriches my mind and soul every time I am with him. If you're looking for an upgrade in disciple-making, leadership development, or multiplication practice that leads to movement....start a conversation with Ralph.
Dr. Greg Wiens Creative Assessment Architect, Healthy Growing Leaders
I have known Ralph for almost 3 decades and have watched him consistently and intentionally transform the leadership of many leaders. There are few men I respect as much as Ralph in their ability to focus on the essential issues and create healthy leadership in leaders.
Jervie Windom Planter, Lead Pastor, Resonate Church, Texas City, TX
As a seasoned discipleship catalyst, Ralph Moore asks questions that motivate disciple-making leaders to look deeper at the tensions they are experiencing in their ministry context and how they expose growth opportunities. Ralph has helped our team expand our multiplication theology in a way that has created a solid disciplemaking culture in our church and our missional communities.
Joe Wittwer Planter, Lead Pastor, Life Center Spokane, WA
I've known Ralph for 50 years as a friend and trusted voice in pastoral leadership. Ralph has always challenged dusty assumptions about ministry and continues to challenge my thinking and provoke new approaches to fulfilling the call of Jesus.
Dr. Tom Wymore Leadership Coach/Mentor and Coach Trainer
I met Ralph over 30 years ago and quickly recognized him as one who combines strong passion with a proven process for making disciples, training leaders and multiplying churches! My friend's offers through coaching opportunities are Kingdom rich and priceless – a gift that will keep giving for generations.