Catalyzing the Movement (2003 - Present)


• 2001 – Publication of the book, Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, marks the end of the Forerunner Stage and the beginning of the pioneer stage of the Multiethnic Church Movement. At this time, 7.5 percent of churches across the country have at least 20 percent diversity in their attending membership.

• 2003 – George Yancey and Mark DeYmaz meet in Indianapolis, IN. They agree to form a relational network to surface and connect pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders interested in multiethnic local church ministry. Oxford University Press publishes United By Faith: The Multi-cultural Church as an Answer to the Problem of Race of which George Yancey is a co-author. George’s book, One Body One Spirit: Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches, is also published that year by IVP.

• 2004 – Under the name Mosaix Global Network, George and Mark host the first local multiethnic church conference in Dallas, TX. Approximately thirty people attend including the church secretary, sound tech, and pizza deliveryman.

• 2005 – In April, George and Mark speak at the Ethnic America Conference in Dallas, TX, and are featured in the April issue of Christianity Today, the cover of which reads, “All Churches Should Be Multiracial.” In November, Mosaix hosts a second local conference in Dallas, TX; this time, 100 people attend.

• 2006 – Jim Spoonts raises financial support to become Mosaix’ first executive director. Under Jim’s leadership Mosaix hosts several retreats and local conferences throughout the country, and becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit. An initial mission, vision, and developmental strategy for the network take shape. Among other things, Mosaix promotes a 2020 Vision, the goal of seeing 20 percent of churches 20 percent diverse by the year 2020.

• 2007, Jossey-Bass and Leadership Network publish Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments, and Practices of a Diverse Congregation by Mosaix co-founder, Mark DeYmaz.

• 2009 – In the aftermath of the recession, Jim’s financial support dwindles and he resigns. Mark is asked to become Mosaix’ next executive director. After consulting nearly thirty leaders from around the country, and with support from his own church in Little Rock, he agrees and goes to work on a national conference.

• 2010 – In April, Zondervan and Leadership Network publish Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity Into Your Local Church by Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li. Mark’s column promoting the multiethnic vision, Ethnic Blends, begins a three-year run in Outreach Magazine. In November, Mosaix hosts the 1st National Multiethnic Church Conference in San Diego, CA., in November. 400 people from thirty-one states and three foreign countries attend. Main sessions are live-streamed over the Internet and viewed by nearly 500 people over two days in fourteen countries. The conference theme was On Earth As It Is In Heaven. It marks the midway point of the pioneer stage of the Movement.

• 2011-2012 – Mosaix returns to grassroots organizing by creating web-based resources, publishing its first eBook, Should Pastors Accept or Reject the Homogeneous Unit Principle, by Mark DeYmaz, hosting two national retreats in the United States, and a national conference in Sydney, Australia. In partnership with Mosaix, Leadership Network launches a two-year learning community focused on the multiethnic church involving twelve churches and thirty leaders. Individuals and local churches across the country begin to financially support the efforts of Mosaix.

• 2013 – Mosaix convened its 2nd National Conference in Long Beach, CA, under the theme, For the Sake of the Gospel. This time, more than 1,000 people from thirty-one states and three foreign countries attended, including a delegation from Uganda. Some sixty speakers led five plenary sessions, fifteen tracks, and sixty workshops. The conference was broadcast live attracting more than 1,000 unique viewers from twenty nations over the course of the two-day event. Thirty-five organizations and nineteen churches sponsored the event. In time for the conference, Zondervan re-releases Ethnic Blends under a new title, Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Seven Core Commitments and How to Overcome Them. It is the first book to carry Mosaix imprint.

• 2014 – Mosaix began to provide effective and affordable coaching to pastors and church planters seeking to establish multiethnic churches. Individual and group coaching continues to this day and includes clients from Stadia, the United Methodist Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the Anglican Church in North America, non-denominational churches, and more. In addition, Mosaix continued its nearly ten-year relationship with Exponential hosting pre-conferences at both their east and west coast annual events. Mosaix also launched its first city cohort in Cincinnati, OH, (MosaixCincy) with some thirty pastors meeting consistently each month for relational connection, mutual encouragement, and peer learning. MosaixCincy hosted a Mosaix Regional Conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati attracting 250 people to the event.

• 2015 – In January, Mosaix entered into a formal partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, and its Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership, through which a three-year D.Min. cohort was launched. Twelve students are currently earning a doctorate in Redemptive Leadership & Organizational Development in the Multi-ethnic Context. Mosaix also hosted a Multi-ethnic Church Leaders Summit at GCTS Charlotte in March, a strategic gathering of catalytic church planting leaders representing 22 denominations, networks, and seminaries (for summary, see http://www.christianpost.com/news/mosaix-leaders-summit-sets-ambitious-goal-of-planting-1000-multi-ethnic-churches-in-10-years-1359780). In partnership with Exponential, a one-year Learning Community was launched focusing on multiethnic church development. Some 25 leaders from twelve churches participated. Local church pastors in Breckenridge, CO and Cleveland, OH hosted Mosaix Regional Conferences drawing 40 and 250 attendees, respectively. The conference in Cleveland gave birth to MosaixCLE, our second city cohort, and a third began in Jackson, MS. Capping off the year, Mosaix received a $400,000 grant to help establish a national office and staff team to accelerate multiethnic church planting, growth, and development over the next five years.

• 2016 –The year is spent organizing the 3rd National Multiethnic Church Conference, November 1-3, in Dallas (Keller), TX. In partnership with Abingdon Press, Mosaix released a second book inclusive of its imprint: re:MIX – Transitioning Your Church to Living Color by Mark DeYmaz and Bob Whitesell. In this year, too, Wesleyan Publishing House releases Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-week Journey toward Unity in You Church by Mark DeYmaz and Oneya Fennell Okuwobi (formerly, The Multiethnic Christian Life Primer). An updated website was launched at the conference, featuring new products and services for 2017 and beyond.

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