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Who is Your Covering?: A Fresh Look at Leadership, Authority, and Accountability [Paperback]

By Frank Viola (Author)
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Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN  0966665716  
EAN  9780966665710  

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Tens of thousands of believers have been damaged by authoritarian leadership structures. Very often, these structures have been justified by an imprisoning teaching known as covering. In this volume, Viola takes dead aim at this spurious teaching. In addition, he answers every conceivable question that is raised about how leadership, authority, and accountability functioned in the early church. If you have been damaged by authoritarian leadership, you will find liberation and freedom in these pages!

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. His blog,, is ranked in the top ten of all Christian blogs on the Web today. He ministers to people all over the world from Florida.

Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than sixteen nonfiction and fiction books. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult childhood full of neglect, abuse, and familial dysfunction to become a living example of what it means to live uncaged. She lives in Texas with her family.

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Ecclesia-what it means from the Bible.  Jan 8, 2007
This is the fourth Frank Viola book that I have read.
One of the fine points of this book is how the laity/clergy class distinction is not Biblical. As always,Mr. Viola makes his case with Scriptural proof. Mt20:25-28 is one passage.
Mt.23:8-12 stresses humility,service."you are all Brothers."
1Peter5:1-5 is a fitting passage.Verses 2&3 say the following "Shepherd God's flock among you not overseeing out of compulsion,but freely,according to God's will,not for the money,but eagerly,not lording it over those entrusted to you,but being examples to the flock." That's from the HCSB. That doesn't sound like any modern Pastor that I know!
I appreciated his small section on the KJV and why certain greek words were translated the way that they were.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants a Biblical look at what "ecclesia" really means.
One of the Best Emerging Church Books  Feb 9, 2005
This book should be a required read for all emerging churches. Viola is ahead of his time in this seminal critique of traditional leadership. What I found refreshing was that it wasn't the same old trite teaching about what leadership should be, "leaders are servants, not controllers." That is obvious and no one would disagree. Instead of stating the obvious, this book probes the root very deep on what leadership is and isn't. Surprisingly, the book makes a compelling case that leadership in the early church was shared by all of the believing community. I believe the emerging church is in danger of falling into the same trap that the Jesus Movement fell into three decades earlier. That is why I feel this book is required reading. Who is Your Covering?, along with Viola's Rethinking the Wineskin and Pagan Christianity, should be on everyone's reading list who is part of the emerging church discussion.
Basic, but good  Jul 2, 2004
Basic concepts but a good read for those under heavy-handed leadership.
Every Believer- Must Read!  Mar 22, 2003
Excellent! This is number 2 in his series. #1 Rethinking the Wineskin #2 This one #3 Pagan Christianity. It is written in the right spirit. It is easy to read. If you are a Christian- You just gotta read it!
Covering Collapses  Aug 23, 2002
As one who has encountered the covering teaching in action I found this book to be a breath of fresh air into the stifling atmosphere that this teaching promotes. The adherents to this teaching may be sincere and well meaning. However, I agree with the author, the covering teaching promotes a ". . . system that is bereft of Biblical support and driven by a spirit of control."
Viola advocates an alternative understanding of Christian leadership. This alternative does not emulate a military style chain of command but instead is modeled on the more scriptural example of the human body. Viola clearly and thoroughly outlines the Biblical basis for this alternative but also provides Biblical answers for those who would question that alternative.
For those of you have had concerns and doubts about the biblical basis for the covering teaching, this book is for you. For those of you who are actively promoting the covering teaching and are not afraid to honestly examine your position in light of the scripture, this book is also for you.

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