Frank Viola, the Author

Frank Viola is the author of many books. He has had immense output throughout his ministry, authoring dozens of books and essays, and appearing in numerous articles and interviews in high profile periodicals.


However, an amazing fact is that Viola did not receive any formal academic or theological training from a bible college or seminary. This was intentional on his part. While some may be skeptical about the effectiveness of such a prolific author, it should be noted that his work has been endorsed by numerous pastors and scholars.

In terms of his interaction with formally trained scholars, he has engaged in productive debate with them. His powerful writing and passionate oratorical gifts have been used to educate all sorts of people, from pastors to seminary students, and even to professors. In addition to his own work, Viola has co-authored two books with renowned theologian Leonard Sweet and Christian pollster George Barna. Viola’s writings have also been met with critical acclaim.

The centrality of Jesus and the church is at the root of author Frank Viola’s ministry. Over twenty years, he has focused on fostering Jesus-centered organic missional church communities that place emphasis on each individual congregation member’s relationship with Christ and with the others in the body. It’s an alternative approach to Christianity, and has very strong biblical and historical roots.

The organic church is intended to be a community where each individual member has a deeper understanding and meaningful connection with God, and uses this understanding to bring enrichment to the lives of others. Inquiry is a driving force, and Frank Viola, author, uses his gift to educate the congregation and challenge them with a deeper understanding of their spiritual lives. His ideals have been touched on in many publications such as TIME magazine.

The organic missional churches took root in 1988, and have stayed true for over twenty years. The basis of this church expression is to have the church return to its older roots. Instead of revolving around clergy and liturgy, Viola urges the community to rethink New Testament perspectives and foster open participation.

Mission work is a large part of their involvement. This organic experience means simple Christian gatherings are not confined to one particular building, and can take place anywhere, with or without trained worship leaders, clergy, or a formal liturgy.


Frank Viola, author has stayed true to his beliefs, serving as a teacher in the evangelical Christian community. In the past he has sponsored Rotary International and the Fellowship for Christian Students. Today, he is active in several foundations, such as Bread for the World, Heifer International, and a number of local homeless ministries.

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