Mosaix has established partnerships with existing organizations to promote/provide for coaching in the area of multi-ethnic local church planting, growth and development.
There is a new church planting phenomenon happening across the United States. Many church planters are intentionally planting multiracial churches. An increasing number of young pastors believe that the church is called to bridge the gap between people of different cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels and genders. They are excited about planting a church that reflects what the Kingdom of God really looks like but they hit a road block when they try to find coaching or training to help them do this effectively. Mosaix is proud to partner with Salter McNeil and Associates and the VIBE Alliance to provide vocational coaching for ministry leaders interested in planting a multi-ethnic local church!
The VIBE Alliance is a principle-based coaching network for senior pastors of multiracial churches. The acronym “VIBE” stands for Victory in Breaking Ethnocentrism. The vision of the VIBE Alliance is to bring senior pastors together to equip and empower their churches for racial, ethnic and socio-economic reconciliation. Church planters in the VIBE Alliance will learn how to:
The VIBE Alliance provides a unique opportunity for senior pastors to receive intensive training on multiracial church development from an expert in the field of reconciliation. In addition, you will connect with peers in a supportive community where you can share resources, receive peer-mentoring and build friendships that will enrich your life and ministry for years to come. The tools and concepts you receive in VIBE are directly applicable to your church and will help you get desired results in your ministry setting.
It used to be that missionaries had to care about other cultures while those staying home just preached and counseled. But globalization has changed all of this as urban and suburban neighborhoods have become ethnically and economically diverse.
So how are churches responding?
Some are reacting to their changing neighborhoods by moving away from the newcomers, further into the outskirts of town. Others are declining in numbers and even closing their doors. There must be a better way!
What if church leaders began to see the changing demographics as opportunities rather than obstacles? What if churches changed themselves and adapted their ministries to the newcomers to their town? This would be totally different than expecting the newcomers to do all the adapting! Instead, the church would find ways to welcome the ethnically different and make them feel at home. Such a radical approach would not only give a declining church a chance to be revitalized, it would also be the Christ-like thing to do! Jesus said that He desired “a house of prayer for all the nations.” And heavenly worship will include those from every nation, tribe and tongue.
You may be wondering if a local church can get along with diverse cultures. Yes, it can! In fact, increasing numbers are pursuing it and loving it. But how does a pastor begin the journey of transitioning his church toward a multiethnic, intercultural approach?
The Intercultural Coaching Alliance (ICA) was formed to provide another helpful element in such a journey. The value of coaching is that it helps you figure out what is best in your particular situation. It is good to read about what others have done, and visit other multi-ethnic ministries. But a coach helps complement these resources by walking the path with you, and helping you to figure out just how God is leading you to minister to the people who have moved to your city.
Is an intercultural coach the helper you need? If so, we’re here to help.