By Gerardo Marti
This publication does a masterful task of piecing aside Mosaic, the way it is dependent and the way it operates. It presents evidence and special insights backstage and offers the reader what he must comprehend variety in a neighborhood church that's impacting the area.
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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. Mosaic is afﬁliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which is by far the largest American Protestant denomination; Southern Baptists have more churches (over 37,000) in the United States than any other religious body, even more than the Roman Catholic Church.
The church was very traditionally Southern Baptist in its doctrine, music, order of worship, and organized activities. Brother Phil wanted to draw more people by leading the church to become more relevant to its East Los Angeles setting. He began introducing various changes. Fueled by passion and disciplined initiative, he set out to create an organization that would be an evangelistic force locally and globally. ” At ﬁrst, he drew new, younger members into the church. ” Brother Phil moved his family into a house one block from the church and befriended Hispanics in the surrounding neighborhood.
Ethnicity is a complex attribute of the self with different aspects that can be highlighted or obscured, constructed or reconﬁgured according to the demands and constraints of presentation. Since ethnic identity is guided by interests that involve social status and social mobility, its importance and priority vary depending on the context of social action (see Nagata, 1974). Whether and how ethnic identity emerges is determined by its salience, and ethnic identity falls somewhere within a “salience hierarchy” in differing situations (Stryker, 1981).
A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church by Gerardo Marti