Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore and his wife, Ruby, started the Hope Chapel movement when they planted Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach in California. Twelve years and 30 church plants later, they partnered with Aaron and Stephanie Suzuki and a team of 26 others to plant Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (now Anchor Church). Lately, they and a wonderful team planted a third church, Hope Chapel Honolulu.

Besides being church planters, they are happy parents and grandparents. A former surfer,  Ralph occasionally gets in the water with a stand-up paddleboard. Currently, he mostly spends free time walking, reading and hanging out at the pool.

He also works as a member of the team at Exponential.org. His title is, “Church Multiplication Catalyzer.”

Like A Coconut Tree…

After launching the first church plant from the 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, the Moores lived in California and had never seen a coconut tree.

That word picture accurately describes the “Hope Chapel movement.”Beginning with just 12 people, the ‘movement’ mushroomed to more than 2,300 churches worldwide. It involves an estimated 220,000 people. 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. Ralph doesn’t oversee a  denomination or even a structured effort. Any influence he has is relational or through whatever he may write on the web or in books. Technology has been good to Hope Chapel leaders, supporting long-distance relationships and healthy communication.

As a writer, Ralph focuses on church multiplication along with it’s attendant challenges and opportunities. Because of a personal bout with panic/anxiety, he writes for pastors and leaders facing stress and burnout.

Like his preaching, the books attempt to deliver solid truth in a somewhat humorous and down-to-earth style. You can catch up with Ralph at amazon.com/ralphmoore. If you are interested in the Hope Chapel “movement” and understanding how a dozen people multiplied into more than 2,300 churches around the world, you may want to read “Let Go Of The Ring: The Hope Chapel Story.

Mission Hope

Ralph currently travels the globe, 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. He mostly works with young church planting networks (none of these figures into the tally of churches in the Hope Chapel movement). You can read more about this on the  “Donate” page on this site.

Through Mission Hope International, Ralph’s goal is to bring Christ to the nations by helping small networks church planters morph into church multiplication movements.

How To Multiply Your Church

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Starting A New Church

An effective approach that has birthed more than 700 churches from just 12 people.

Your Money

Teach your people to manage money and tithe-great for reading groups.
Ralph Moore Posts
  • Meaningful ‘Differentiation’ In A Church Plant

    Every new business tries to differentiate itself from all others. The same kind of thinking holds... Read more

  • Freedoms Of The Underground Church

    I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Japan, Nepal, Myanmar, and China. The purpose of the trips... Read more

  • Connecting With Neighbors – Unusually!

    I met an interesting congregation on one of my teaching trips. They call themselves “The Oregon... Read more

  • Church Planting & Differentiation

    Every new business needs to differentiate itself from all others. Else, why the need for a new... Read more

  • Pastoring Through a Pandemic

    This feels like we’re experiencing a biblical plague.  Well, maybe it’s not a plague, but it... Read more

  • Long Term Goals For A New Church

    Can you watch the horizon and the ground in front of you at the same time? You must, if you would... Read more

  • Was it Really a Mistake?

    “A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information... Read more

  • Church Multiplication Without Restraint

    A few years ago I spent a week teaching disciple-making and church multiplication to pastors in... Read more

  • Very Good Church Planting News

    I’ve spent my adult life making disciples and multiplying churches. That has often been a lonely... Read more

  • Sermon Prep Issues For New Planters

    Over the years we’ve launched just under 70 churches from our own. Those congregations have... Read more

  • Sermon Prep and Church Planters

    Over the years we’ve launched just under 70 churches from our own. Those congregations have... Read more

  • Frightened… Just Enough!

    My wife and I were frightened by the site of the young man who entered our small church building,... Read more

  • Church Planting vs Cultural Extinction

    Church planting is becoming crucial to the survival of Christianity in America. Let’s stop... Read more

  • Diversifying Assets

    Any investment advisor will counsel you to diversify assets. Holding all your marbles in one bag... Read more

  • An Intentionally Virtual Campus

    We’re starting a new church called Hope Chapel Honolulu. Actually, we’ve been around for... Read more

  • How To Manage Expectations In A New Congregation

    We are in the midst of one of the best transition of our lives. My wife and I are privileged (in... Read more

  • Church Planting Is Spiritual Warfare

    At age 67 I have the privilege of planting a new church. Never thought I’d be having this much... Read more

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    Money Begets Commitment

    Commitment to the cause is a huge issue for any newly planted church. Due to the “newness” of... Read more

  • Vision And Churches That Reproduce

    Just how broad is your vision? I got into an interesting discussion about vision the other day. A... Read more

  • “Ralph Is A Much Older Man…”

    Bumped into an interesting experience on a trip to Sydney, Australia that points toward the role of... Read more

  • Anxiety, Empathy and Church Planting

    Chronic anxiety can ruin your life! I know because it nearly ruined mine. Over thirty percent of... Read more

  • Church Planting In Secular France

    I recently spent a week training church planters in France. What I saw was extremely encouraging.... Read more

  • Planting Lunchtime Churches

    Last week I shared breakfast with a planter of unusual churches. He’s a former member of our... Read more

  • When Flexibility Is A Necessity

    A journey into uncharted waters requires resourceful and flexible people with lots of team support.... Read more

  • Mom & Pop Take On WalMart

    Did you ever wonder how WalMart got so big while the corner grocery went out of business? You may... Read more

  • You Can’t Ride A Frozen Bicycle

    I recently visited Sapporo, Japan. The snow was beautiful and preparations for the Ice Festival... Read more

  • ‘Manufacturing’ Thousands Of Churches

    Adapted from “How To Multiply Your Church” While the Western church is growing richer it is... Read more

  • The Friendship Factor

    Church planting takes a lot out of you. When we planted the second time, my wife set herself to see... Read more

  • Small Beginnings, Big Opportunities

    After a very slow start a Japanese language church plant is doing big things. We launched our... Read more

  • Who You Gonna Call?

    I spent the past week hanging with and coaching a church planter in trouble. It seems he called the... Read more

  • A Billion Dollar Church Plant

    How would you like to have a billion dollars worth or real estate to help with your newest church... Read more

  • Total Context Disciplemaking

    Ever find yourself quoting scripture out of context? I do. And, I find it can make a crucial... Read more

  • Where We Get Our Most Productive Pastors

    We get pastors from within our church. Every time we’ve hired from the outside it has hurt us. We... Read more

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