About | Free Trial

Last Update

1996-09-01T00:00:00.000Z

This profile was last updated on . .

Is this you? Claim your profile.

Wrong Ralph Neighbour?

Dr. Ralph Neighbour W. Jr.

Position In Training Process

Bethany World Prayer Center

HQ Phone: (225) 774-1700

Bethany World Prayer Center

13855 Plank Rd

Baker, Louisiana 70714

United States

Company Description

We hope that this website will provide you with a valuable source of information as well as offer you tools, resources, and products to strengthen your everyday life. Among other things, we have sections designed to give you information on our values, bel... more

Find other employees at this company (43)

Background Information

Employment History

Area Representative, Los Angeles

California Baptist Foundation

Adjunct Professor

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Lead Pastor

MCE

Lead Pastor

David Yonggi Cho's church

Lead Pastor

Inland Community Church

Affiliations

Founder
Touch Glocal

Education

Bachelor of Arts degree
Psychology and Religion
Houston Baptist University

Masters of Divinity degree

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ph.D.

Web References (192 Total References)


Cell Church Solutions

www.joelcomiskeygroup.com [cached]

Ralph Neighbour's Training Process Bethany World Prayer Center

...
This is largely due to the fact that Ralph Neighbour has his own publishing house and Bethany World Prayer Center has become one of the most well attended cell conferences in the world (note 9).
Ralph Neighbour 's Training Process
Ralph Neighbour has probably done more than anyone to connect new believer training with cell group ministry. In industry terms, Dr. Neighbour has set the standard. Many cell churches are either using his material or have adapted it in their own context.
General Training
I recently bought the Track Pack from Touch Publications, Ralph Neighbour's publishing house. This pack includes seven discipleship books (booklets) written by Ralph Neighbour (note 10). These booklets take the new believer from rethinking his value system to learning to penetrate his own "oikoses" (friends, neighbors, and family) through leading small groups.
...
In the above quote, not only does Dr. Neighbour introduce new believer training and cell group involvement simultaneously, he also plants the seed that someday the new believer might become a cell group leader.
Most of the material for new believers in the Track Pack is foundational Biblical teaching designed to disciple new believers. However, Neighbour takes those teachings and gives them new meaning in the light of the cell group. Take, for example, the Biblical teaching on fellowship.
...
With each new stage of ministry, Neighbour emphasizes a corresponding book or books of the Bible.
...
In my opinion, the strength of Neighbour's training system does not reside in the doctrinal/Scriptural teaching of his training material. The Navigators and other like-minded groups probably have an edge on the market in this area. Rather, the importance of these materials lie in the fact that Dr. Neighbour is the first one to link new believer training so intimately with cell group ministry.
Sponsorship
I believe that the most unique, workable contribution of Dr. Neighbour to new believer training is the concept of sponsorship within the cell group. Sponsorship is much like one on one discipleship. However, the main difference is that the sponsor (or discipler) comes from within the cell group and sponsors (disciples) someone who has been assigned to the same group. However, Neighbour does not only believe that a Sponsor should disciple a new Christian. Rather, he believes that every newcomer to the group should have a sponsor ( Sponsor's 1995:5) (note 11).
...
Neighbour believes that the most effective outreach involves reaching friends, neighbors, and family members which he labels our "oikos". This is the Greek word for house or household in the New Testament (1992:60-65). He also distinguishes between "type A" unbelievers who are familiar with religious customs from "type B" unbelievers who are "...are not searching for Jesus Christ, and show no interest in Bible study or other Christian activities (1992:27).
For the "type B" unbelievers, Dr. Neighbour has designed a "non-Christian type" cell group called Share Groups. These Share Groups do not replace the normal cell groups but rather serve as an extension or outreach from the regular cell group. Those believers who start or participate in Share Groups have the dual responsibility of attending their normal cell group as well as a separate Share Group. Concerning these Share Groups, Neighbour says, "This group should be free, informal, and spontaneous....It's important for all Share Group members to feel they can be themselves" (1991:60).
The idea of Share Groups is a sound one and obviously has been used by Dr. Neighbour and others very effectively.
...
They have successfully adapted Neighbour's training methods for new believers to their own context and situation.
...
I actually like the idea of using four simple tracts to cover important Biblical truth rather than paying more money for an in-depth booklet (Neighbour). It also seems a lot easier to train Sponsors with something as simple as a tract.
Bethany should be commended for their creativity in combining personal cell group training with classroom instruction (something that would be unacceptable to some cell group purists--- Ralph Neighbour).
...
From my understanding of Neighbour, there is no ongoing training after one has begun leading a cell group. He believes that potential leaders must be trained from within their existing cell groups through a combination of modeling and personal training (note 21). I believe that Neighbour does promote a leadership training retreat in which potential cell leaders are invited. However, my point here is that after the cell leader begins ministering, there are no ongoing training meetings. Neighbour believes that the only way a cell church can keep up with the constant need for new cell leadership is if each leader trains new leaders (1990: 221).


Cell Church Solutions

joelcomiskeygroup.com [cached]

Ralph Neighbour's Training Process Bethany World Prayer Center

...
This is largely due to the fact that Ralph Neighbour has his own publishing house and Bethany World Prayer Center has become one of the most well attended cell conferences in the world (note 9).
Ralph Neighbour 's Training Process
Ralph Neighbour has probably done more than anyone to connect new believer training with cell group ministry. In industry terms, Dr. Neighbour has set the standard. Many cell churches are either using his material or have adapted it in their own context.
General Training
I recently bought the Track Pack from Touch Publications, Ralph Neighbour's publishing house. This pack includes seven discipleship books (booklets) written by Ralph Neighbour (note 10). These booklets take the new believer from rethinking his value system to learning to penetrate his own "oikoses" (friends, neighbors, and family) through leading small groups.
...
In the above quote, not only does Dr. Neighbour introduce new believer training and cell group involvement simultaneously, he also plants the seed that someday the new believer might become a cell group leader.
Most of the material for new believers in the Track Pack is foundational Biblical teaching designed to disciple new believers. However, Neighbour takes those teachings and gives them new meaning in the light of the cell group. Take, for example, the Biblical teaching on fellowship.
...
With each new stage of ministry, Neighbour emphasizes a corresponding book or books of the Bible.
...
In my opinion, the strength of Neighbour's training system does not reside in the doctrinal/Scriptural teaching of his training material. The Navigators and other like-minded groups probably have an edge on the market in this area. Rather, the importance of these materials lie in the fact that Dr. Neighbour is the first one to link new believer training so intimately with cell group ministry.
Sponsorship
I believe that the most unique, workable contribution of Dr. Neighbour to new believer training is the concept of sponsorship within the cell group. Sponsorship is much like one on one discipleship. However, the main difference is that the sponsor (or discipler) comes from within the cell group and sponsors (disciples) someone who has been assigned to the same group. However, Neighbour does not only believe that a Sponsor should disciple a new Christian. Rather, he believes that every newcomer to the group should have a sponsor ( Sponsor's 1995:5) (note 11).
...
Neighbour believes that the most effective outreach involves reaching friends, neighbors, and family members which he labels our "oikos". This is the Greek word for house or household in the New Testament (1992:60-65). He also distinguishes between "type A" unbelievers who are familiar with religious customs from "type B" unbelievers who are "...are not searching for Jesus Christ, and show no interest in Bible study or other Christian activities (1992:27).
For the "type B" unbelievers, Dr. Neighbour has designed a "non-Christian type" cell group called Share Groups. These Share Groups do not replace the normal cell groups but rather serve as an extension or outreach from the regular cell group. Those believers who start or participate in Share Groups have the dual responsibility of attending their normal cell group as well as a separate Share Group. Concerning these Share Groups, Neighbour says, "This group should be free, informal, and spontaneous....It's important for all Share Group members to feel they can be themselves" (1991:60).
The idea of Share Groups is a sound one and obviously has been used by Dr. Neighbour and others very effectively.
...
They have successfully adapted Neighbour's training methods for new believers to their own context and situation.
...
I actually like the idea of using four simple tracts to cover important Biblical truth rather than paying more money for an in-depth booklet (Neighbour). It also seems a lot easier to train Sponsors with something as simple as a tract.
Bethany should be commended for their creativity in combining personal cell group training with classroom instruction (something that would be unacceptable to some cell group purists--- Ralph Neighbour).
...
From my understanding of Neighbour, there is no ongoing training after one has begun leading a cell group. He believes that potential leaders must be trained from within their existing cell groups through a combination of modeling and personal training (note 21). I believe that Neighbour does promote a leadership training retreat in which potential cell leaders are invited. However, my point here is that after the cell leader begins ministering, there are no ongoing training meetings. Neighbour believes that the only way a cell church can keep up with the constant need for new cell leadership is if each leader trains new leaders (1990: 221).


TOUCH: About Us

www.touchusa.org [cached]

TOUCH Outreach Ministries was launched in 1972 by Dr. Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. His desire was to help churches transition away from programs and buildings by forming cell groups in homes.


TOUCH: Free Audio & Video

www.touchusa.org [cached]

New Wineskins for Future Churches Session 1 - By Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr.

...
New Wineskins for Future Churches Session 2 - By Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr.
...
New Wineskins for Future Churches Session 3 - By Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. This audio was recorded at Columbia Biblical Seminary in the early 1990's.
...
Panel Discussion Q & A with Ralph Neighbour, Jim Egli, Bishop Robert Davis, Joel Comiskey, Daphne Kirk, and Scott Boren.
...
From Man-made Structures to the Incarnation of Christ - By Ralph W. Neighbour Ralph Neighbour is the founder of TOUCH Outreach Ministries, and provided a very important message on the difference between cell groups formed by man and those who gathered around and truly experienced the transformational presence, power and purpose of Christ in the midst.
...
Touching Hearts Weekend Video - By Ralph Neighbour (Tape 1)
...
Touching Hearts Weekend Video - By Ralph Neighbour (Tape 2) The Touching Hearts Weekend is an immersion tool for a local church to use to teach cell members how to share their faith in a relational and team-based way, targeting Type A unbelievers (Men of peace). If you? like to preview the entire video presentation for this weekend, you may do so here. Or, use what you watch here as a teaching aid and do it yourself, making it your own presentation! If you like what you see and want to order it, click here.
Opening Hearts Weekend Video - By Ralph Neighbour (Tape 1)
...
Opening Hearts Weekend Video - By Ralph Neighbour (Tape 2)


TOUCH Outreach Contributors

www.touchusa.org [cached]

Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. Dr. Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. is the founder of TOUCH Outreach Ministries and the author of 42 books on cell group life and leadership. His most widely read resources include The Survival Kit for New Christians (Lifeway) and Where Do We Go From Here?His most recent book, Christ's Basic Bodies, delves deep into the centrality of Christ in biblical community. Dr. Neighbour continues to write, speak, travel internationally, and consult churches at 81 years of age, and remains one of the movement's strongest voices. Dr. Neighbour and his wife live in west Houston, Texas.

Similar Profiles

Other People with this Name

Other people with the name Neighbour

Nathan Neighbour
Mosaic Pomona

Darren Neighbour
Poole Alcock LLP

Gareth Neighbour
Oxford Capital Partners Limited

Flora Neighbour
Venture Marketing Group Ltd

Bob Neighbour
Sharp Corporation

Browse ZoomInfo's Business Contact Directory by City

Browse ZoomInfo's
Business People Directory

Browse ZoomInfo's
Advanced Company Directory