MissionMosaix is a relational network of local church pastors and planters, researchers, educators and ministry leaders, alike, that exists to catalyze the growing movement to establish healthy multi-ethnic and economically diverse churches for the sake of the Gospel throughout North America and beyond.
Mosaix understands that authentic community within a multi-ethnic church cannot be defined or measured by quantitative analysis alone. Nevertheless, Mosaix promotes a measurable goal of seeing 20% of local churches throughout the United States achieve 20% diversity within their congregations by the year 2020.
Mosaix promotes the multi-ethnic vision by casting vision, connecting leaders, conferencing, and coaching
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 92% of all churches in the United States are currently segregated, with more than 80% of their membership representing a single race or ethnic group. Yet in this century, i.e., in 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 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.