MissionMosaix is a relational network of local church pastors and planters, denominational, network, and ministry leaders, educators and researchers, alike, that exists to establish healthy multi-ethnic and economically diverse churches for the sake of the gospel throughout North America and beyond.
While authentic community within a multi-ethnic church cannot be measured by quantitative analysis alone, Mosaix has long-promoted the goal of seeing 20% of local churches achieve 20% diversity by 2020. More recently, Mosaix has established a coalition involving more than 25 networks and denominations to advance the goal of planting or transitioning (from homogeneity) 1,000 new multi-ethnic churches in the next ten years (2015 - 2025).
Mosaix promotes the multi-ethnic vision by casting vision, connecting leaders of like-mind, regional and national conferencing, coaching church planters and pastors of existing homogeneous churches pursuing transition, and curriculum/resources development.
While government and educational programs, together with the efforts of countless individuals, groups and agencies, have long-sought to eliminate prejudice and the disparaging consequences of institutional racism still deeply imbedded within our society, it is time to recognize that systemic change cannot be achieved apart from the establishment of local churches that intentionally and joyfully reflect the passion of Christ for all people of the world.* For it is not the institutions of government nor of education throughout America that have been called by God to the task, but rather it is the local church, the bride of Christ … we His people (John 17:1-3, 20-23; Acts 11:19-26, 13:1, 16ff.; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 4:1-6; Revelation 5:9-10).
According to research, more than 86% of all churches in the United States are currently segregated, with more than 80% of their membership representing a single race or ethnic group. The problem is this: an increasingly diverse and cynical society, we are concerned that people are no longer finding credible the message of God’s love for all people as preached from segregated pulpits and pews.
Yet the growing fascination with the potential for multi-ethnic local churches throughout America and beyond must not be focused on racial reconciliation. Rather, multi-ethnic church planters and reformers must be focused fundamentally on reconciling men and women to God through faith in Jesus Christ and, consequently then, on reconciling local congregations with the pattern of the New Testament local church; in and through which men and women of diverse background walked, worked, and worshipped God together as one.
Concerning the movement of American Christianity towards racial reconciliation in the 1990′s, author Chris Rice wrote the following profound words:
“Yes, deep reconciliation will produce justice, and new relationships between the races. Yes this will lead Christians to become a bright light in the public square. But I have become convinced that God is not very interested in the church healing the race problem. I believe it is more true that God is using race to heal the church.” (Chris Rice and Spencer Perkins: More Than Equals (Inter Varsity Press, 1993, 2000; p. 261).
For a more fundamental explanation of the biblical mandate and core commitments of the multi-ethnic church, click here.
Historical Perspective and Timeline re. the Multi-ethnic Church Movement
On January 15, 2015, Christianity Today published an article on its blog, Gleanings, entitled, "Sunday Morning Segregation: Most Worshippers Feel Their Church Has Enough Diversity." The article cited recent findings of a study of church segregation by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Several days later, my friend, Ed Stetzer, invited me to comment via a guest post on his blog, The Exchange. On January 22, then, I did so by providing a condensed timeline and historical perspective tracing the development of the Movement from the 1940s.
Now we need your help to expand the record for further clarification and accuracy.
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Read the article, Segregation in the Church and From Where We've Come
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