By Gerardo Marti

This publication does a masterful activity of piecing aside Mosaic, the way it is dependent and the way it operates. It presents evidence and specified insights backstage and offers the reader what he must comprehend range in a neighborhood church that's impacting the area.

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This is evident in both the scholarly literature (Rice, 2002; M. Emerson, 1998; Emerson and Smith, 2000) and popular works (Collum, 1996; DeYoung, 1995, 1997, 1999; Law, 1993, 1996; Meeks, 1992a, 1992b; Okholm, 1997; Shearer, 1995; Yancey, 1996). Also, the focus on friendship and forgiveness emphasizes community and interpersonal relationships but ignores how leadership and authority are enacted between individuals of different group memberships. While there are resources explicitly urging churches to become multiethnic, there are no resources for organizing interethnic activity or exercising spiritual authority in such congregations.

The great majority of megachurches [ 32 ] Multiethnic Churches, Mosaic, and Social Change consist of white, well-educated boomers, and exceptions tend to be either all-black or all-Hispanic congregations (see Thumma, 1996). From June 2002 to June 2003, Mosaic’s weekend celebration services had between 1250 and 1550 attenders; the average attendance on any given weekend is about 1400. At its current size, Mosaic is larger than over 99 percent of American churches. Larger attendance translates into more small groups, ministry teams, and lay leaders than at other churches, including multiethnic churches.

Racial reconciliation literature assumes that there are only two races (white and black) and that it is these two races that must be reconciled to each other, starting with friendship and ending with whites seeking forgiveness from blacks with whom they have relationships. Racial reconciliation certainly raises awareness of racial and cultural issues; however, the program of racial reconciliation maintains distinctions between two races while ignoring prejudice and discrimination between others: white/Hispanic, white/Asian, Asian/Hispanic, Hispanic/ black, etc.

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