By Gerardo Marti
This booklet does a masterful activity of piecing aside Mosaic, the way it is dependent and the way it operates. It offers evidence and specified insights backstage and provides the reader what he must comprehend variety in an area church that's impacting the area.
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Extra info for A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church
Part of the signiﬁcance of Mosaic is its membership in this broader class of organizations emerging in America. As a “new paradigm church,” Mosaic is not necessarily a “seeker church” as described by Sargeant (2000). It is indeed entrepreneurial and innovative, deemphasizing denominational identity while maintaining a broadly conservative doctrine. However, Mosaic is not consumeristic in its approach. Rather than constituting a straight-forward marketing mechanism intended to draw masses of attenders, the ingenuity manifest in the worship services is part of a distinctive theology focused on creativity.
It was the death of a vision. Many left. Few people hung on through that decade. ” When Carl and Clara arrived at the little church on Brady Avenue in 1967, church attendance was about a hundred. Most attenders were still white Southerners and Midwesterners. There were a few Hispanic families. Few in the congregation lived in the immediate neighborhood. Carl remembers one Hispanic family leaving the church “because they said they didn’t like the people from the neighborhood. ” Brother John Ashcroft, pastor at that time, was in his late ﬁfties or early sixties and wanted to retire.
These groups are varied in purpose, but all are smaller communities of four to ten people responsible to one or more designated leaders, who exercise spiritual authority in the group. These teams show as much ethnic diversity as the home-based small groups. Part of the Evangelical Movement Mosaic is part of a signiﬁcant aspect of American Protestantism. Thirtynine percent of Americans describe themselves as evangelical Christians (see Hunter, 1983; Quebedeaux, 1974, 1978). Although publicly acknowledged for creativity and innovation (Sweet, 1999a, 1999b; Luo, 1998, 1999; Prieto, 2000), Mosaic is a doctrinally conservative Protestant church sharing evangelical convictions.
A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church by Gerardo Marti