Origins

Recognizing the need to network thought-leading pioneers pursuing multiethnic church planting, growth and development at the turn of the century, Mosaix was founded in 2004 by Mark DeYmaz (D.Min.) and George Yancey (Ph.D).

Mission

Mosaix is a relational network of pastors and planters, denominational and network leaders, educators, authors, and researchers alike, that exists to establish healthy multiethnic and economically diverse churches for the sake of the gospel throughout North America and beyond.

Vision

1. To see 20% of local churches achieve 20% diversity by 2020.
Achieved!

At our most recent national conference (November 2019), long-awaited new statistics concerning the progress of the Multiethnic Church Movement were shared by sociologist, Dr. Michael O. Emerson. In his plenary talk, Dr. Emerson, one of the nation’s leading scholars on race relations and religion, explained: “We’ve been tracking multiracial congregations in the United States since 1998… We did a national representative study in 1998, 2007, 2012, and now just as of two weeks ago 2019.” Telling conference attendees they were “…the first general audience in the entire world to see these (new) results,” he noted that in the early 2000s Mosaix “put out a really bold claim” suggesting that 20 percent of congregations would be at least 20 percent of different racial groups by 2020.” He then addressed, in part, whether or not this goal had been achieved.

First, he shared trajectory development of All Congregations, All Faiths (not just Christian).

• In 1998, only 6% of these could be described as having at least 20% racial or ethnic diversity in their attending membership.
• As of 2019, 16% of all congregations across all faiths groups could be so described.

Next, he more specifically discussed the findings in relation to different kinds of churches within U.S. Christendom. What percent of congregations within three broad classifications now meet (at a minimum) the 20% threshold?

• Catholic Congregations: 24% racial diversity (2019)... up from 17% (2006)
• Mainline Protestant: 11% (2019)... up from 1% (2006), having previously reached 12% (2012)
• Evangelical Churches: 23% (2019), up 7% (1998) having reached 15% (2012)

Concerning the growth of multi-racial/multiethnic churches within Evangelicalism, Dr. Emerson said, “The growing proportion of evangelical multiracial churches, I think, is the big story… It’s more than tripled in these twenty years. By the way, as a sociologist who studies these things and watches how social change happens there’s no way ever I could have even imagined that would be possible; so it’s the work of God.”

Later, reflecting on the past twenty years, Dr. Emerson said,“…we have much to celebrate, truly. If the goal was to reach 20% in these churches by 2020, at least within the Christian church that has been done…. But now we need to have a bigger and even richer goal.” He challenged the collective Movement to “…move from being toddlers to teenagers and to even adults…” in the coming years, and to use its increasing demographic diversity to work for “..true justice, true reconciliation, and true unity, addressing major issues like white privilege.”

2. To see Evangelical Churches reach 35% and Mainline Churches reach 20% diversity by 2030.

3. To see the concept of disruption (as first outlined in the book, Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community and further developed in the book, The Coming Revolution in Church Economics) establish as normative in the American Church by 2040

Developmental Strategy

Mosaix promotes the multiethnic vision by:

     •  Casting vision                         
     •  Connecting like-minded leaders            
     •  Conferencing             
     •  Coaching 
     •  Conducting staff searches for churches looking to diversify their staff teams
     •  Curriculum development 
     •  Cultivating denominational, network, and organizational partnerships
     •  Consulting non-profit and for profit organizations pursuing systemic shift       
     •  City networking

Rationale

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 multiethnic local churches throughout America and beyond must not be focused on racial reconciliation. Rather, multiethnic 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 multiethnic church, click here.

Growth of the 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, Ed Stetzer, invited Mark DeYmaz to comment via a guest post on his blog, The Exchange. On January 22, then, Mark did so by providing a condensed timeline and historical perspective tracing the development of the Multiethnic Church Movement from the 1940s.

Help us expand the record for further clarification and accuracy. To update the timeline with pertinent information from your own perspective please read the article, Segregation in the Church and From Where We've Come, and send additional details to us.

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