The concept of organic church is just
like anything else organic, unspoiled by
human hands. In his book,
Church, Frank Viola says that an Organic
Church is not a theater with a script, but a
lifestyle, an authentic journey with the
Lord Jesus and His disciples. He also
indicates that an Organic Church is born out
of spiritual life, not constructed by human
institutions and held together by religious
Our family recently made the decision to
leave the "institutional", traditional church
to seek out organic Christianity. We
are looking for something real, as we
understand Jesus Christ to be real.
While there were many reasons for our
making this decision, one of the proverbial
straws on the camel's back came recently
when we received the church newsletter.
The youth department wrote that our
church is a church about people and ministry
to people, not about programs. The other7
pages in the newsletter were all about the
church programs that month. Wow, did
that hit home. Somehow in "growing up
in Christ" we lost the part about loving one
another and ministry in Jesus name, and
turned into a program driven institution
designed to keep people coming and dollars
flowing, and provide the feel good
experience. In fact, there was nearly
some program or activity daily at the
That's not what Jesus is about.
It's not what church is about. We are
the ekklesia, the called out ones. We are
here to make a difference in the world, not
hide in church buildings. Jesus was all
about sharing God's love and ministering to
peoples needs to show that love. That,
in a nutshell,
is real Christianity.
As we develop this website, we hope to
uncover and share what God's intention is
for His church. I don't have all the
answers. But I know who does.
And I have a pretty good idea where to find
One final thought....
we hated to leave the other people behind in
leaving the traditional church. There
were a lot of connections and friendships
that essentially died when we left. We did
not announce our intentions, since people
would think we were turning against them. We
believed it was difficult for them to
understand where we are going. But we
had to do it, to follow God. The sad
thing is, when we left, that no one called,
sent notes, or showed any concern, except
the pastor. When the pastor and I
talked about these things, he shared with me
about the changes he really wanted to make
in the church, and how he wanted the church
to be different, but it would not change.
There were too many traditions (read Mark
7:13), too many memories,
and even the church bylaws which would get in
the way of change.
I believe our
wished he could go on this journey with us,
but he felt trapped financially, and could
not leave his well paid position to seek a
simpler, Biblically designed walk with God.
What is right with the
church? What is wrong? and
Where do we go from here?
Our Starting Point? The New Testament and
Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna.