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Our Developmental Strategy
Four streams of thought and practice converge to form the totality of our vision for MosaiXEurope:
1 – Intercultural Church Planting (ICP)
Planting new, healthy intercultural churches throughout Europe.
2 – Church Transformation
Equipping existing churches to become intercultural (or multiethnic, as referred to in the USA).
3 – Church in Reverse
Helping ethnic churches to become more intercultural – to contextualize the church so as to not only include different cultures but ultimately the nationals.
4 – Mercy and Justice Ministries
Helping intercultural churches meet the needs of neighbors and immigrants in society.
As the mission reaches ever more people groups around the world, and the movement of peoples produces increasingly diverse societies, all four streams help churches in respective countries of Europe to plant healthy intercultural churches and/or help to transform existing churches in pursuit of such the vision. These streams have their own direction but share the same DNA. While their vision and resources are interdependent, their finances and organization are independent. Through them and together we serve each other as a unit for the greater good. For instance, the leaders of these streams meet three times annually to share, pray, and strategize together. We are collaborators who support one another when opportunities arise; we are friends who walk together in an authentic relationship; we are colleagues who help each other grow.
We seek to be connected as we recognize that what God is doing in Europe, He is also doing throughout the world; that is, bringing diverse people, to walk, work, and worship Him together as one in and through the local church for the sake of the gospel in order to declare a credible witness of God’s love for all. For this reason, MosaiXEurope is part of the Mosaix Global Network which also includes MosaixUSA and soon, as well, MosaixAUS (Australia). As part of the Mosaix Global Network, we seek and contribute to mutual encouragement, peer learning, and resource development with other brothers and sisters of like-mind throughout the world.
In our global connections, we are bound as one by our collective understanding of core theology concerning the biblical (New Testament) expectation for churches; that is, that wherever possible, churches should be intercultural… a credible reflection of God’s love for all people on earth as it is in heaven (Revelation 7:9). The essentials of this theology include our understanding that:
- Christ envisioned the intercultural church on the night before He died (John 17:20-23)
- Luke described the intercultural church in action at a place called Antioch (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1)
- Paul prescribed the intercultural church throughout his life and writings, such as in the book of Ephesians (2:11-4:6)
In our global connections, we are bound as one by our collective understanding of the seven core commitments of a healthy intercultural church. First described and defined in Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz (Jossey-Bass/Leadership Network, 2007), the seven core commitments of a healthy intercultural church are:
- Embrace Dependence
- Take Intentional Steps
- Empower Diverse Leaders
- Develop Cross-cultural Relationships
- Pursue Cross-cultural Competence
- Promote a Spirit of Inclusion
- Mobilize for Impact