Finding Organic Church: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities

David C. Cook, 2009


What is an organic church? It’s a community of people framed by a common life in Christ, not religious programs. A community whose foundation is birthed by God, not built by methods. A vibrant family of Jesus where genuine, authentic relationships are fostered.

Influential leader and author Frank Viola is calling the church back to its biblical and spiritual roots. It’s a call grounded in a profound truth: in all things spiritual, origin determines destiny. This is why so many religious congregations today are struggling to survive. It’s not because of bad planning, but poor planting. So how do we return to God’s original plan and purpose for his church?

Viola presents an essential guide for finding, planting, and nourishing organic church communities. Within this comprehensive guide, he unearths rich spiritual insights from God’s Word and revisits the original design for the church. Drawing from both Scripture and real-world experience, this comprehensive guide offers fresh and practical tools for finding and planting life-changing churches that won’t just grow, but thrive.

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Key Features

  • Presents a theology of organic church planting
  • Includes practical advice for those who embark on planting an organic church
  • Appeals to Scripture, experience, and New Testament scholarship to support the tactics set forth


  • Part I: Planting the Seed—Biblical Principles for Church Planting
    • The Divine Pattern of Church Formation
    • Restoring the Itinerant Worker
    • The Master Plan of Church Planting
    • Apostolic Covering vs. Apostolic Help
    • The Modern House Church Movement
    • Restoration or Revolution?
  • Part II: Tilling the Ground—Answers to Questions
    • Can the New Testament Example Be Applied Today?
    • Was Paul an Exception?
    • Is Church Planting Elitist?
    • Can’t Anyone Start an Organic Church?
    • Wasn’t Paul the Last Apostle?
    • Don’t Apostles Perform Signs and Wonders?
  • Part III: Cultivating the Soil—Practical Steps for Beginning
    • Discovering Organic Church
    • Five Unmovable Principles
    • Learning How to Meet
    • Corporate Singing
    • Building Community
    • Twelve Essential Ingredients
  • Part IIII: Pulling the Weeds—Health and Development
    • The Growth Stages of an Organic Church
    • The Seasons of an Organic Church
    • The Diseases of an Organic Church I
    • The Diseases of an Organic Church II
    • How an Apostolic Worker Cares for a Church
    • The Journey Ahead

Product Details

  • Title: Finding Organic Church: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities
  • Author: Frank Viola
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 318
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Theology

About Frank Viola

Frank Viola is a frequent conference speaker and author of numerous books on the deeper Christian life and church restoration, including Jesus Manifesto, coathored with Leanard Sweet. He is a nationally recognized expert on emerging trends for the church, and he is actively engaged in planting New Testament-style churches.


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