Our church planting models are broken — Ralph Moore

Steve Hall, Steve Addison, Relph Moore, Rick Paynter, Dave Lawton, Lloyd Rankin, 2007 Hawaii

Steve Hall, Steve Addison, Relph Moore, Rick Paynter, Dave Lawton, Lloyd Rankin, 2007 Hawaii

Some wisdom from Ralph Moore who has a planted churches and sparked a reproducing movement around the globe.

That's him on my right with a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis I deny ever knowing back in 2007.

For decades we’ve planted mid-size to large Hope Chapels in Hawaii. Mostly shooting for 150 at start, some grew beyond it. Most stabilized around the original size. Some shrank then stabilized. And a couple failed.

But we almost always planted in public schools. Two factors pretty much killed that: A. When others jumped into church planting, the schools became filled with churches. B. A lawsuit against a large church frightened school leadership from renting to churches.

With nowhere to launch, our model is broken. But, that is a good thing. Read on and I’ll tell you why.