Seven Questions with Ralph Neighbour III – California Southern Baptist Convention
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7 Questions with Ralph Neighbour III

Ralph Neighbour III
Church Revitalization Initiatives Team Leader
Ralph Neighbour III is a pillar of strength and solidarity as the leader of the Church Revitalization Initiatives Team at CSBC. But that is not the only hat Ralph wears. He spearheads Count the Cost, a process that helps pastors and church leadership in tipping the church attendance scale from decline to growth. Ralph mentors and trains "champions" as extensions of this mission to serve local churches and the Convention. "I aim to help churches identify how they want to move forward and discover how we can help them do that." Since joining the CSBC family in 2016, Ralph radiates a sense of camaraderie for his brothers and sisters in Christ, always giving recognition of a job well done.

What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?

I think the person I would like to meet would be Joshua. The reason why? I would like to know what he learned from God in his transition of leadership.

Who has been the most influential person in your Christian life, and why?

My mother and father both contributed a great deal in leading me to Christ. My father taught me what it meant to be a father and a pastor as well as a godly man. My mother taught me the importance of daily quiet time and the significance of tithing.

Toilet paper, under or over?

Simply put, over.

What would be one piece of advice you would want to give to your younger self if you could?

It’s going to be all right. Probably the most difficult season in my life was when I had to handle a sexual misconduct situation in a church. I had to report it and felt that this whole situation meant the end of the world. Through this experience, it prepared me to help pastors navigate and walk-through difficulties in ministry. It’s going to be all right.

What is the most important role you fulfill in your life right now? Why?

Grandfather would be my most important role right now. Passing on Christ to the next generation is the most important thing on my heart today. My grandchildren are my legacy.

If you could choose one place in the world to visit where would it be?

Um…I think one place I would like to travel to would be Israel. I would love to see and experience the place where Jesus walked. But there is also another place on my list, though it’s hard to narrow down to just one. I would also like to go to Shanghai, China. And the reason is that it is probably one of the most influential cities in the world. Being a Christian living under oppression there and learning how to thrive in an environment like that would be an experience.

When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now, and why?

Wonderful Counselor because one of my current prayers to the Lord is for Him to give me the wisdom to help others around me.

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