Sermon Prep and Church Planters

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Over the years we’ve launched just under 70 churches from our own.

Those congregations have planted others and the number of churches that we know of exceeds 700.

They often don’t use our name or join our parent denomination. Right or wrong, we have intentionally tried to build the Kingdom of Heaven rather than shoot for institutional forms of church.

But while we care little about labels, or even governing. We do care about the values we pass along to out church planters.

Our disciplemaking efforts involve personal mentoring, much on-the-job training and learning by osmosis. Because of this, our budding young preachers sort of “organically” learn to teach exegetically. They just naturally generate sermons from the context of scripture.

However, over the years we’ve noticed a problem. Because our people are not exposed to eisegesis, or topical preaching, they can become enamored by it when they encounter it at a seminar or by some other means.

A new style is viewed as new revelation and we see people drifting off from the church culture that birthed them. This is a cause for frustration.

We’ve lost a few people to extreme topical teaching, or to an over-emphasis on doctrine.  Some have even gone to writing sermons from “motivational books” and then looking for scripture to support their statements—dangerous turf indeed.

The other day one of our better preachers spent two hours with a group of young staff members and explained the difference between exegesis and eisegesis.

The concepts took in their minds and they each expressed a renewed desire to let the scripture speak for itself. We are on the right road.

What we learned as mentors is that relational disciplemaking also needs structure and even curriculum beyond the books we read together. A small lesson, but significant if we intend to build the Kingdom together…

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Ralph is the founding pastor of both Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach, California, and Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Beginning with just 12 people in 1971, the fruit of this ministry now spans over 700 churches around the world. Many of the churches run several generations deep as each succeeding pastor raises disciples, releasing them to the harvest. Ralph travels extensively, teaching pastors and church leaders the biblical models for healing the nations, spreading the Gospel and church planting. Read More About Ralph Moore At His Author Page