When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:
This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)
It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.