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Overview Rising generations of Americans are ignorant of Jesus Christ and have virtually no moral absolutes. So who will evangelize them and what's the best way to go about it? Ralph Moore says the answer is aggressive church planting. But he is emphatic that established churches can't do the job alone. Why? Because new churches can better meet the needs of each new generation by presenting biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches these people. This book will challenge you to consider becoming a church planter, without sugarcoating the problems and practical challenges involved. Moore's authoritative, edgy message is based on firsthand experience in overseeing the movement that has planted more that 200 new churches. Starting A New Church not only covers everything you need to know from the ground up, but it also reveals why church planting may be the most dynamic movement in evangelism!
Publishers Description According to the author perhaps our greatest responsibility is to evangelize our own generation. Yet established churches are not able to do that. In fact, rising generations of Americans live in ignorance of Jesus Christ and have no moral absolutes. Aggressive church planting, the author believes, is the answer to the problem, because new churches focus on the needs of each new generation and present biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches those people. The objectives of this book are to lay down the challenge to consider becoming a church planter while at the same time screen out wishful thinking and focus on the practical challenges of church planting. This authoritative and edgy message is the next thing in evangelism.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2002
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830729666 ISBN13 9780830729661
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More About Ralph Moore
RALPH MOORE is the senior pastor of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii and the founder of Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach, California. His ministry now spans more than 700 churches on 6 continents. Pastor Moore travels extensively teaching pastors and church leaders biblical models for spreading the gospel and building Christ's kingdom. He and his wife, Ruby, have two adult children who are also involved in church multiplication
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The Voice of Experience Mar 8, 2007
Written by an experienced church planter, this book seeks to motivate and equip others to do the same. The author believes that planting new churches is the best way to evangelize the lost. He has lived this out: the two churches he founded are responsible for planting more than 200 congregations around the world. The author's methodology is marred in places by a man-centered, "seeker sensitive" approach, and the theology is fairly thin. There is scarce mention of the glory of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, the salvation of the lost or the centrality of the Word. A cult using these same strategies would probably grow. Nevertheless, the author provides many points of practical wisdom that, used critically and grounded in a more robust theology, could prove valuable to prospective church planters
Simple but not Simplistic Feb 11, 2007
Ralph Moore, associated with the Foursquare denomination, is one of the United States' most prominent church planters. While his work is concentrated in Hawaii and California, he has assisted in numerous church plants throughout the world. "Starting a New Church" is a collection of Moore's methodology, advice, and rationale. It includes anecdotal evidence of both his successes and failures.
"Starting a New Church" is certainly an easy read. The book is divided into 20 chapters; and each chapter is subdivided significantly. There are no long paragraphs and the book provides frequent "stopping places" so that one does not have to purposefully block out time to read it. It lends itself well to those who pick up a book to kill time in between other appointments. Chapter topics include discussions on why to plant a church, how to begin planting, developing value and mission statements, raising funds, governmental structure, stewardship, and how your new church should go about planting a daughter church.
While the book is simple in its structure and its prose, it is certainly not simplistic. Moore's thoughts are arranged topically, and there is little purposeful connection between the various sections, but they are all sound advice and worth considering (even if one does ultimately reject it). While it took this reader a little time to "catch on to" Moore's comparatively unstructured prose, I did come to appreciate the matter-of-fact presentation of Moore's advice. He simply barrages the reader with "this was my issue, I considered these approaches, I decided on this one for these reasons, this is the result."
I recommend this book for those who are considering planting a church, congregational leaders who are considering planting a daughter church, and those who need to revitalize a stagnant ministry. You probably won't adopt Moore's approach in total, but you will appreciate his experienced voice when making your own decisions.
Good practical advice Jan 31, 2006
This book lays out in clear concise language what needs to happen for you to plant a church. For the new planter it is a must read.
Biblically and Soundly Based Dec 30, 2005
The proof is in Pastor Ralph's success as leader of a movement with 700 church plants around the world, that is neither traditional or contemporary but Biblically based on early church growth as described in the book of Acts. His vision is simple and allows the Holy Spirit to control it's growth rather than allowing man to try to manage something that can only be hindered by getting in the way or trying to harness the spirit.
Here's the Beef!! Jan 25, 2004
This book is not a theoretical book. It is a book from experience and years of success. This is a practical book that asks seemingly simple questions but that ultimately leads you to a deeper understanding of what you are attempting to accomplish.
All but 2 chapters are entitled as questions. The purpose is to get the potential planter to look deep into themselves, answer some very real life questions, and get moving with your dream of planting a church.
I found the best chapter had to do with budgeting. Chapter 8 makes the reader to look not only at money but to look at money as a vehicle to being effective. The budget can simply be divided into 2 sections: Opportunity Budget and Operational Budget. This chapter alone is worth buying the book.