About TOUCH Outreach

Our History - TOUCH Outreach Ministries was created in 1972 by Dr. Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. in Houston, Texas. His desire was to help churches transition away from programs and buildings by forming cell groups in homes. The ministry was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1981. In 1995, Ralph's son Randall became the ministry's director and remains in this position today.

Our Vision Statement - While we are a para-church organization, we do not seek to do for the local church what it has not done for itself like most other para-church organizations operate. Our mission is as follows:

TOUCH Outreach empowers pastors, group leaders, and members to transform their lives, churches, and the world through basic Christian communities.

Our Mission - We provide resources, training, and consulting to those who wish to plant a church of groups or transition away from programs and building-centered activities toward group-based ministry. We offer training for members, leaders, and pastors. We consult with hundreds of churches in a given year via email and telephone and would be happy to help you as well. Contact us for information.

Our Statement Of Faith

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the Genesis account of creation.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God and is possessed by each individual who has, by faith, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

We believe salvation is a finished work because of Calvary and is received in three stages:

At the cross, the blood of Christ sets us forever free from the penalty of sin.
Through the living Christ working in His body members, He sets us free from the power of sin.
At His return, He will set us free from the presence of sin.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life with God forever and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation or eternal separation from God.

We believe "church" describes the "called-out people," baptized by the Holy Spirit to form the Body of Christ on earth today. We want to make it plain that we believe the "basic Christian community" we call a "cell" or a "holistic small group" is acting as the church, the body of Christ, not just another opt-in program! The church does not have a membership; it has body members.

We believe in the present and living ministry of the Holy Spirit, who indwells and empowers every Christian for service. He imparts spiritual gifts to all as needed, so all will become agents of Christ's love and impart God's grace to others.

We believe the Great Commission is a calling upon all believers and that every member must be fully equipped and released to fulfill their calling in ministry. We believe this will be done most effectively in small groups of believers who love one another enough to make church life more than a weekly meeting.