An Interview with Living Legend Ralph Moore

In order to have kingdom expansion on the level of the first century, you need multiplying churches, but to have those, you need multiplying leaders. That’s where the whole thing bottlenecks. The solution to the problem facing the Western church was to identify what is known as level-5 multiplying leaders in order to observe what they did and pass down that knowledge to the next generation.

A level-5 multiplying leader is somebody who has multiplied themselves by three generations. They don’t just add church plants to their roster, they mentor leaders who multiply. Out of one leader’s ministry can come over 1000 churches when the multiplication is exponential.

The problem was that years ago the multiplication organization known as Exponential sent out scouts to locate as many level-5 churches they could, but returned empty handed. They then lowered their expectations to finding only twenty-five level-5 multiplying leaders. When that turned out to be a fruitless endeavor, they searched for ten. After not being able to locate even five level-5 multipliers after scouring American churches, they found only one.

His name was Ralph Moore, and he’d planted a number of churches from California to Hawaii over a long and fruitful ministry. He founded Hope Chapel, a movement which has greatly multiplied across the world. So far, after discipling three leaders at a time for over fifty years, the current tally of church plants going back to Ralph is 2,730 churches at the time of this writing. The number continues to increase. The most shocking thing was not how many churches Ralph multiplied, but that in the entire US, there was only one contender. 

I’ve known Ralph and worked with him for years now, and he and his wife Ruby have mentored and discipled generations of leaders. I had the opportunity to sit down with him recently and pick his brain about how to focus on what matters in ministry in order to leave a lasting legacy of impact and influence that would help to advance the kingdom of God in a lasting way.

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