Frank Viola is the bestselling author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth, Jesus Now, From Eternity to Here, Jesus Manifesto, and many other titles. (He is not to be confused with the major league baseball player by the same name.)
Viola’s blog is ranked in the top 10 of all Christian blogs on the Internet today, and six of his ten published books have hit best-seller lists (two of his titles were CBA Bestsellers). Frank’s podcast – “Christ is All” – ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the USA in the “Christianity” category on iTunes.
Frank is married, he’s a father, a proud cat owner, and he lives in Florida. He’s been quoted in TIME magazine and he has contributed interviews or articles in Christianity Today, Charisma, Ministry Today, Relevant, Life Today, The Christian Post, Good News, and CBN.com.
He’s done joint projects with Leonard Sweet, George Barna, Derwin Gray, and Gregory Boyd.
(If you’re unfamiliar with Viola, you can read this short biography.)
Viola is known for his sharp wit and sense of humor as well as for his passionate speaking of Jesus and helping the poor and oppressed. He enjoys NY-style pizza, Florida beaches, and reruns of Seinfeld.
His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus to know their Lord more deeply, gain fresh perspectives on old or ignored subjects, and make the Bible come alive.
According to Viola,
“Most Christians know that something is wrong with contemporary Christianity. They want to break free from the tyranny of the status quo. The two alternatives that dominate Christian culture today is spiritual complacency on the one hand or performance-based religiosity on the other.
Modern-day Christianity is 10 miles wide and one inch deep.
My work — which is often called “The Deeper Journey” — seeks to inspire God’s people to a higher and deeper expression of the faith . . . one that digs below the surface and moves beyond the shallows.”
Upon invitation, Frank speaks in conferences, seminars, Bible schools, seminaries, chapels, and churches.
He has spoken in conferences with N.T. Wright, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning, Jon Acuff, Leonard Sweet, Paul Young, George Barna, Scot McKnight, Larry Osborne, Dan Kimball, Neil Cole, Alan Hirsch, Felicity Dale, Andrew Farley, MaryKate Morse, Wolfgang Simpson, Tony Fitzgerald, Mark DuPont, Jon Zens, Milt Rodriguez, and many others.
Viola is the author of 10 published books. His most popular books are:
From Eternity to Here (David C. Cook) – CBA Bestseller
God’s Favorite Place on Earth (David C. Cook) – Amazon Bestseller (ranking #13 out of all books)
Jesus Now (David C. Cook) – CBA Bestseller
Jesus Manifesto (Thomas Nelson) with Leonard Sweet – Amazon Bestseller (ranking #6 out of all books)
Jesus: A Theography (Thomas Nelson) with Leonard Sweet
Revise Us Again (David C. Cook)
Hearing Frank Speak
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Inviting Frank to Speak
Frank’s ministry is described as The Deeper Journey and his speaking ministry falls into two categories:
(1) THE DEEPER CHRISTIAN LIFE. This ministry is very broad, and Frank speaks to churches of all types, Bible colleges, seminaries, and conferences in this capacity. You can hear a sampling of his speaking in this regard in the following messages:
Christ in You – Epic Jesus Indiana 2014
The Deeper Journey – 220 Dallas 2013
Diary of a Desperate Samaritan Woman – Momentum 2008
The Gospel of the Kingdom – Missional Church 2010
The Ultimate Issue – InterConnect 2014
Pressing Into the Kingdom – Florida Community 2010
(2) GOD’S GRAND MISSION. Frank speaks on this theme at missional church conferences and church renewal events. You can hear a sample of his speaking in this regard in the following messages:
The Eternal Purpose – Infusion Conference
Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ – Missional Community
Vantage Point: The Story We Haven’t Heard – Part I – Threshold Las Vegas
Vantage Point: The Story We Haven’t Heard – Part II – Threshold Las Vegas
Frank also talks about church planting from the New Testament and 24 years of experience.
If you would like to INVITE FRANK to a speaking engagement, send an email to PTMIN @ aol.com with details.