Is the church sustainable? What might the Church have to contribute to issues of sustainability today? What might the Church learn from contemporary discussions of social sustainability and resilience? Explores the variety of images of the church found within the NT, as well as the diverse values, convictions, perspectives, and practices that distinguished the early Christians from other households, voluntary associations, and groups and that helped the Christian communities endure and be resilient. Particular attention to the practices–e.g., hospitality, forgiveness, sharing possessions, self-limitation, healing, exorcism, and love–that made the church sustainable and resilient in its cultural “ecosystem” and that might provide resources for sustainable Christian practice today.