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Mission Hope Update
I’m seeing new teaching opportunities and a book I wrote about planting microchurches just got published.
I’ll be teaching a class for Asbury Seminary on equipping our members as “everyday missionaries.” Another opportunity is with Exponential where we’ll talk about how Hope Chapel was able to include and support others in their church planting attempts in Hawaii.
This fall and winter kickoff in SoCal then New York City. After that I head to Kansas City and Texas. The spring should have Ruby and me back in Japan and England.
Exponential just published “How Nearly Anyone Can Plant a Microchurch.” You can download it for free at https://multiplication.org/product/how-nearly-anyone-can-start-a-microchurch/
We’re seeing microchurches popping up everywhere we look. The pandemic took its toll on legacy churches with many closing. People with experience leading small groups in those churches are carrying the ball downfield in homes, parks and even garages.
Jesus is still on the throne and his church will prevail.
Ralph Moore currently travels to Japan, England and the U.S. coaching startup church multipliers. Aaron Suzuki, John Honold and Randy Ishida also serve on the all-volunteer team.
For many years these people traveled the world training church planters but age has caught up to Ralph, limiting his time on airplanes. He now mostly touches leaders via the tools found on this website (actually four sites functioning as one).
In past decades, Ralph has taught and coached in The Philippines, Taiwan, China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Israel, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, England and the United States.
The results are stunning. A church multiplication movement has grown out of his work (and books) in Mongolia, moving the needle to nearly five percent of the population up from just over one percent in 2000. The movement he serves in England grew from 16 churches to nearly 60 in the past eight years. This is bearing fruit.
The Driving Factor
Research demonstrates that evangelism is more rapid during the first ten years of a new church than at any other time. Church planting is the best evangelistic tool in history.
His primary focus is on disciples making disciples (beginning with pastors as central to the disciple-making process) and churches planting churches.
Utilizing a simple microchurch based model churches across the globe are multiplying in an era when the church in the United States shrinks rapidly. But even in this country, those churches that make disciples and reproduce others swim effectively against the tide.
Some churches we work with now touch ten times the number of people they did before the pandemic. Microchurch networks show growth. With one that launched just before the pandemic now numbering 24 small congregations in several countries. These began mostly online but now meet face-to-face. One friend had planted an online church for computer gamers before the crisis. During lockdown the group has grown to more than 250 people – online gamers are a crowd not usually associated with churches or the gospel. They are literally being discipled into a relationship with Jesus. Continues Below
Prayer and Praise
– I just came away from three days with 30 excited young church planters.
They are planting small churches among Millennials who are supposed to be turning their backs on Jesus.
The air was filled with joy at the Spirit’s leading in some unusual ways.
The rapid spread of the gospel in informal settings is a kick.
They’re holding church in coffee shops and on beaches in places where church planting is otherwise expensively impossible.
Ranging from SoCal to Maryland to Sweden to Argentina to Pakistan, God is at work in ways I’ve not seen in several decades.
– Please pray that my latest book project makes an impact.
I’m wrapping it up this week. Stories like the one above should stimulate others toward evangelism.
The new working title is, “Equipping Everyday Missionaries in a Post-Christian Environment.” It will be distributed at no cost through Exponential.org.
– Please pray for a revival of church multiplication and disciplemaking in Hawaii. Things have slowed there.
– We’re thanking God for Ruby’s knee surgery. She’s almost up to full use of it. We hiked a long and steep stairway without the use of handrails, etc. She’s off the cane, too!
“But life is worth nothing unless we use it for doing the work assigned us by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love”
A Softer, Less Building-Centric Approach
We’re training leaders to take a softer approach to evangelism, to avoid overdependence on weekend sermons and to engage people around prayer and “spirituality” before ever getting into scripture. While our culture drifts into increasing rejection of Christianity, individuals still respond to love and patience.
Donations are still very much appreciated as we spend a surprising amount of money for hardware and software in order to adapt to the opportunities as they unfolded. We’re now touching far more people each year than we did before the pandemic.
If you choose to donate you can use the button below or mail to
Mission Hope International, PO Box 6434 Kaneohe, HI 96744.