Jonathan K. Dodson

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Finding Organic Church

September 2, 2009

Frank Viola’s new book FINDING ORGANIC CHURCH: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities (David C. Cook) releases today at a discount from From Frank: This is the practical follow up to all of Viola’s other books. It’s also a stand alone book exploring the subject of organic church planting in great detail. Here’s an early review: The author of “Pagan Christianity?” (with George Barna), “Reimagining Church,” and the bestselling “From Eternity to Here” has written


Organic Church?: Models and Methods of Planting

October 22, 2008

There are a variety of models for church planting that have proven effective. Church Planting Village lists five main models: Program-driven Purpose-driven Relationship-based Seeker-sensitive Ministry-based. Ed Stetzer includes all but the Program-driven model, but notes that only 19% of planters (among Baptists) actually identify themselves with a model. My guess is that this low percentage is a product of post-modern scorn of models, as well as ignorance regarding models. Whether you like it or not, your church plant methodology will


Help on Leading an Organic Church

June 12, 2008

As I continue to struggle and learn about leading a new, organic, missional church I have found that revision and change are quite common. This goes against my grain, as I want to have Austin City Life “figured out,” for which I am repenting. The church is not a problem to be solved or a company to be run; it is a community of Spirit-led disciples. The challenge for me is to keep coming back to the Spirit-ledness of my


Questioning Conversion & Leading Organic Church

June 12, 2008

For those interested, I recently posted on conversion and leading an organic church over at Church Planting Novice.


7 Principles for Planting an Organic Church

January 7, 2008

Read the article from Tim Chester of Crowded House and author of Total Church.


Shepherding an Organic Church

January 3, 2008

Bob Hyatt has some really helpful reflections about how to shepherd an Organic Church in his article “80-20 and the Organic Church.”


Organic Church Movements Conference

December 11, 2007

The Organic Church Movements Conference with Neil Cole and Alan Hirsch will be held next in Ontario on Feb 8-10. Here are a few of the workshops:  Organic Church Urban Strategies PaTransition or Transfusion: Conventional Churches Moving to Organic ChurchCoaching Organic Church Leaders Organic Church and the tough Question of the Gay Community From the Campus to the Marketplace: Organic Student led Movements Bridge into the Workforce Church planting Movements in a Postmodern Context


Organic Church

September 19, 2007

A couple organic quotes from Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways: “The problem is that most people see the church as an institution and not an organic movement (living system), in spite of the fact that the Bible is replete with organic images of church and kingdom (body, field, vine, soil, etc.).” p. 253 The Bible is laced with organic images that engender an “ecological view” of the church and leadership. If we remodeled our leadership and churches with these organic


Organic Religious Growth

June 29, 2010

You will observe that I am not merely exhorting you “to go to church.” “Going to church” is in any case good. But what I am exhorting you to do is go to your own church—to give your presence and active religious participation to every stated meeting for worship of the institution as an institution. Thus you will do your part to give to the institution an organic religious life, and you will draw out from the organic religious life