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In my opinion, this book has been long overdue. For many years we have needed a book that draws both from the New Testament and current practical experience in the areas of church planting and sustaining. Some very helpful books from the last century were Watchman Nee's "The Church and the Work" and Roland Allen's "Missionary Practices: St. Paul's or Ours'?" which are both quoted in Viola's new work. However, what has been needed is a fresh look with current real-life experience in this arena. We have needed someone to give modern day language within the context of what God is doing today. Frank Viola does just that in "Finding Organic Church." He skillfully draws from both the New Testament and over twenty-one years of experience planting and working with New Testament style churches. This piece of work will be invaluable to anyone who seeks to be involved in such churches and especially those who feel called by God to plant them. The book is divided into four main parts:
* Planting the Seed - Biblical Principles for Church Planting
* Tilling the Ground - Answers to Questions
* Cultivating the Soil - Practical Steps for Beginning
* Pulling the Weeds - Health and Development
In all of these parts, Viola takes the biological (organic) view of the church, as given in the New Testament, and weaves that theme into all of his points. Then he dives into each one of those areas that include: The need for itinerant church planters, God's way of planting churches, objections and questions, practical help for meetings and community life, the stages of an organic church, the seasons of an organic church, the diseases of an organic church, and how a worker cares for an organic church. This book thoroughly covers the topics of finding, planting, and sustaining organic expressions of the church. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is truly a treasure that is chock full of resources and helpful to anyone involved in or interested in God's way of planting and developing His church on the earth today. - Rebuilders, 2009 --Rebuilders, 2009
I truly believe that Christ longs for His body so live and love in organic communities.
I have read all five of Frank Viola's books, and this one brings everything together in a very down-to-earth, focused and practical manner.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is ready to experience church in a more real and growing way.
One of the challenging books I have read. This books challenges all the preconceived ideas of 'church' and makes a distinct between the institution of church (event and leader... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jimmy Pugh
A good source to begin finding where the body of Christ is and what we should be doing. I like many have left the religious institution of church and we walk together as close as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William G. Ziegler
For many in the Body of Christ, the Early Church provides a model. And yet, we've not been able to peel back the layers of Church history to see it shine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keith Marsh
This book is not for the fainthearted, those who love their traditions, or those who do not want truth from the God's word. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judy R. Booth
Tired of church?
Bored of church?
Has church become a burden far from easy and light?
Frank Viola strips down "being the body" to the bare essentials,... Read more
Good book. Most of Frank Viola's stuff is good. Best book he ever wrote though was Pagan Christianity. Good luck actually finding an "organic" church though. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Hisle