What is an “Organic Church”?

“By “organic church,” I mean a non-traditional church that is born out of spiritual life
instead of being constructing by human institutions and held together by religious programs.
Organic church life is a grass roots experience that is marked by face-to-face community, every member
functioning, open-participatory meetings (opposed to pastor-to-pew services), non-“hierarchical
leadership, and the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ as the functional
Leader and Head of the gathering. Put another way, organic church life is the experience of the
Body of Christ. In its purest form, it’s the fellowship of the Triune God brought to earth and
experienced by human beings.
Frank Viola

We all know what the term “organic” means. It means 100% natural without any
artificial or man-made ingredients added. This is a non-institutional form of church because it is
born out of the experience and life of Christ within his people. No man-made structures or
programs are necessary or desired.
Source: Organic Church Booklet

What are your feelings in regards to the idea of Organic Church?

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About Jimmy Eldridge

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4 thoughts on “What is an “Organic Church”?

  1. I love the idea. Programs can be so crippling and can cause the focus to shift from people, discipleship and community to administration, proper, man-made structure and red tape.
    At our church (www.genesischurch.tv) we’ve begun to view church in a new way, outside of the walls of a classic, church setting…we’re going to begin hosting church gatherings in a local, popular club. You can check out the details at http://www.theclubchurch.com
    We’re excited about getting back to the grass roots of ministry…where it’s about reaching people for Christ, not luring them into a fancy building where their worship experience is pre-planned and neatly scripted.
    Should be good. Check it out.

  2. I think any attempt to do ‘church’ in a new way, where the focus is taken from programs to people, where ‘church’ is less about a building and all about people taking the word of God into all of the places of the earth, especially the dark places, is getting back to the grass roots of ministry. The Salvation Army in 1864 began doing church in clubs instead of tradition settings and within 5 years over 500,000 people came to know Christ due to the focal shift…
    I think http://www.theclubchurch.com falls in line with what you original defined as an Organic church: a non-traditional church that is born out of spiritual life instead of being constructing by human institutions and held together by religious programs. Organic church life is a grass roots experience that is marked by face-to-face community.
    This type pf setting will be social, discussion based, community oriented, far from the regular ‘church’ experience.
    Sorry if I am missing the mark.
    Thanks for writing. Keep doing it.

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