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1 -In terms of attending membership, to see 20% of churches reach 20% diversity by 2020.
ACHIEVED! (Catholic and Evangelical)
2 – In terms of attending membership, to see Mainline Churches reach 20% diversity by 2030. In terms of healthy structures, to see all such churches describing themselves as multiethnic embracing, pursuing, and adhering to the following definition.
A healthy multiethnic church is one in which people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds will themselves to:
- Walk, work, and worship God together as one to advance a credible witness of God’s love for all people;
- Recognize, renew, reconcile, and redeem broken relationships, both interpersonal and collective;
- Establish equitable systems of responsible authority, leadership, governance, and accountability within the congregation;
- Advocate and advance justice, mercy, and compassionate work in the community; and
- Embrace the tension of sound theological reflection and applicational relevance in an increasingly complex and intersectional society for the sake of the Gospel.
3 – To see Disruptive innovation established as normative in the American Church by 2040.
This structural shift required to bring it about was first outlined in the book, Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community by Mark DeYmaz (Thomas Nelson, 2017) and further developed in the book, The Coming Revolution in Church Economics by Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li (Baker Books, 2019).
Development Strategy & Rationale
Mosaix’ development strategy promotes
the multiethnic vision by:
Connecting like-minded leaders
Cultivating denominational, network, and organizational partnerships
Conducting staff searches for churches looking to diversify their staff teams
Consulting nonprofit and for-profit organizations pursuing systemic shift
Mosaix’ rationale for 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 embedded 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.
Additional information for a deeper dive into Mosaix.
History – Catalyzing the
Movement (PDF Download)